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Honeyscribe: Recalibration Exhibition

Published: 27 August 2021

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This exhibition of artworks by Devon-based artist Marcus Vergette at Exeter Custom House is a celebration of biodiversity and an invitation to re-evaluate the natural world.

Through mapping and measuring some of the interdependences within the natural world, Vergette invites us to tune in to different perspectives and timelines and acknowledge how all organisms in an ecosystem depend upon each other.

His bell sculptures, printed works and hand drawn maps playfully remind us to pay attention to natural forces – the sea, weather, disease, migration – and to what happens when finely tuned relationships in nature are out of kilter.

Exeter Custom House offers a fascinating frame through which to view these artworks as the city’s historic vantage point for observing and measuring the weather, tides, movement of people and traded goods across the centuries.

Marcus has joined with Devon Wildlife Trust's Saving Devon's Treescapes project to create an exhibition centred around Ash Dieback and our natural world. The exhibition includes a bell sculpture made from ash trees which suffered from Ash Dieback.

Honeyscribe: Recalibration Exhibition

Musician and artist Marcus Vergette is perhaps best known for his Time and Tide series of hand cast bells designed as musical markers of the high tide and as a salutary early warning system marking the rising sea levels around the coastline of the United Kingdom. Rung by the movement of the sea, each bell in the series alerts local communities to the water level, signifying the possibilities for navigation at high tide and the increasing frequency of high sea levels.

The Recalibration exhibition will include a new bell sculpture created during lockdown, comprising playable marble bells hung on an ash wood frame hewn from ash trees suffering from ash dieback.

Find out more about the Honeyscape: Recalibration Exhibition:

Opens daily, 10am-5pm - Free entry, drop in where capacity allows.

Tuesday & Thursdays (10am - 11am) Restricted capacity visits. For anyone preferring to visit in limited numbers to support socially distanced access. 

Sunday 5, 12, 19 & 26 September (10am - 11am): Look, Draw, Notice. Facilitated creative acticities for families with child-friendly tours of the exhibition.

If you would like to visit the exhibition or events at a specific time, advance booking is available via Exeter Corn Exchange Box Office:

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