Touchstones Rochdale welcomes Penny Leaver Green, Natasha Daintry and Sea shows

By Culture24 Reporter | 28 March 2013

Exhibition previews: Natasha Daintry: Fluid Colour; Penny Leaver Green: Unintended Consequences, both March 29 – June 15 2013; Sea, until March 8 2014; Touchstones Rochdale, Rochdale

A photo of various small ceramic cylinders standing upright in different colours
Natasha Daintry, Ocean© Matthew Donaldson
Once encouraged as a way to get children to connect with nature, the collection and trade of wildlife eggs has been made illegal by a series of 20th century laws.

It’s a far cry from the predilection for exotic curation among Victorian collectors, who would festoon their homes with imported plant species, brought home in pockets, jars and paper bags and put on show as part of the burgeoning fashion for household decorations.

But it also gives Penny Leaver Green the chance to retrace the traditional tools and methods of getting creative with “invasive” plants and biological artefacts.

Green incorporates found objects into pictures sewn from fabric and thread, and her invitation to re-evaluate is one of three new exhibitions opening at Touchstones.

Her fellow contemporary artist, Natasha Daintry, is a ceramicist who works in porcelain, casting and throwing in a series of luscious glazes.

The gallery bought Ocean – a work comprising 1,000 vessels which Daintry describes as her most ambitious – with the help of the Contemporary Art Society last year. And for this show, Daintry is exhibiting that colossal endeavour alongside a new group of vessels, each given a larger individual scale.

A different kind of vessel, meanwhile, is a constant for most of the artists in Sea, which takes tidal waters as its inspiration and runs with ideas of transience and mystery, childhood memories, industry, social and commercial activity and retreat.

The relationship between British and Dutch artists, painting the ships of their interlinking nations, is one of the themes in the pre-19th century section, while the later works illustrate how landscape painters naturally preferred coastlines, seashores and harbours to ships.

One of the walls, containing delicate works on paper, will rotate to accommodate new exhibits after six months.

  • Open 10am-5pm (closed Monday and Sunday). Admission free. Follow the gallery on Twitter @Touchstones.

More pictures:

A photo from above of various different coloured cylinders
Daintry has made Ocean out of 1,000 vessels© Natasha Daintry
A photo of a piece of turquoise stitching showing a map of Britain
Penny Leaver Green, Himalyan Balsam Spread. From the Invasive Species series© Penny Leaver Green
A photo of words stitched onto a white piece of cloth
Penny Leaver Green, Peregrine Falcon© Penny Leaver Green
An image of an oil painting of families at a beach
Dorothea Sharp is one of the artists featured in Sea© Dorothea Sharp
An image of a painting of two ships at sea
Penny Leaver Green, Spectrum - Violet© Penny Leaver Green
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