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Gifts by Clare Whistler
Thu 8 December 2016, 19:00 – 20:30 GMT
Join us for a talk with artist Clare Whistler and filmmaker Nichola Bruce, before a screening of their film Gifts.
The Gifts series originated from eight objects that were traditionally given in England, to welcome a new child into the world: egg for life, coal for heat, evergreen for eternity, salt for health, candle for light, bread for food, coin for wealth and a silver ring for love throughout life.
From 2005-2015, using gift economy, Clare revealed each object in its utopian state, in collaboration with leading artists, musicians and poets, re-energising the meaning and cultural significance of gift-giving. The film is an interpretation of these eight events, bringing together English traditions of ritual and landscape.