Walking the Wild

23 Sep – 18 Nov 2023

Wed – Sat, 10 am – 1 pm and 2 – 4 pm

Make, Somerset


Artist-makers Stuart Cairns and Mark Reddy are modern day gatherers and storytellers; each of their working processes are enmeshed in a deep sense of place and unique visual language. The exhibition ‘Walking the Wild’ presents works that are found, foraged and reframed, sculptural forms that hold time and meditative memory, echoing the past and questioning the present.

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About the Makers

Stuart Cairns
Stuart Cairns is a contemporary Irish artist and metalsmith whose practice is concerned with investigating his local environment—the liminal, the hinterlands, tidelines and fringe spaces. A distinct visual language emerges through Cairns’ deep engagement with place, whether walking or wild swimming, through photography, drawing and gathering.

Cairns has exhibited widely, including: ‘Collect,’ Somerset House, London, UK, 2022; ‘Tool Kit,’ Pragmata Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2021; ‘Nothing To Look Forward to but the Past,’ TULCA, Galway, Republic of Ireland, 2020; ‘Narratives in the Making,’ Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales, 2017; ‘Silver Speaks’, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK; and ‘Fit For Purpose,’ Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK, 2012. His work is held in the public collections of The Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland, The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland and National Museum of Ireland, Dublin, Republic of Ireland, as well in the collections of numerous private collectors.

Mark Reddy
Mark Reddy is an artist maker working with wood, metal and found objects to explore and question our relationship with the utilitarian and functional form of the spoon and the sculptural and symbolic properties of his materials. He has worked as an illustrator and creative director in design, print and television, receiving international recognition.

Reddy’ works in metal and wood have been exhibited widely at galleries including: The Study, London, UK; Primavera, Cambridge, UK; Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh, UK; Lynne Strover Gallery, Cambridge, UK. His recent exhibitions include: ‘a contour, a curve – the lie of the land,’ ‘making arrangements,’ ‘organic forms,’ Gallery 57, Arundel, UK, (2018 – 2019). His awards include: D&AD Awards, Creative Circle Awards, British Television Awards and Creative Circle Presidents’ Lifetime Achievement Award.

Images: Installation view, ‘Walking the Wild,’ Make Hauser & Wirth Somerset, 2023. Photo: Dave Watts

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