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Prince Charles to visit ‘From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia’

On the 11th of November, The Prince of Wales will visit the From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia art exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London.

From the Forest to the Sea is a solo exhibition dedicated to the work of Canadian artist Emily Carr. Emily Carr has been described as a “Canadian icon”, and even Georgia O’Keeffe has called her a “darling of the women’s movement”. She was one of the first painters in Canada to adopt a post-impressionist style, and is most well known for her paintings of forest scenes. Her earlier work was largely inspired by her encounters with the indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest Coast.

Now, nearly 70 years after her death, the Dulwich Picture Gallery is presenting a collection of her paintings of aboriginal settlements, and her infamous landscapes and seascapes. Over 140 pieces of artwork will portray Emily Carr’s artistic evolution, as well as her freedom in style, and the various indigenous artifacts will leave viewers awe-struck. Also featured in the show is ‘Sister and I in Alaska’ a recently discovered journal, written and illustrated by Emily Carr during their trip up and down the Northwest Coast in 1907.

The Dulwich Picture Gallery was founded in 1811, when Sir Francis Bourgeois left his collection of old masters “for the inspection of the public”. It is the world’s first purpose built art gallery, and currently houses some of the country’s finest French, Italian and Spanish Baroque paintings, as well as British portraits dating back to the Tudor era. Rembrandt, Poussin, Gainsborough, Rubens, and many other celebrated artists have found a home in Dulwich.

During his visit, Prince Charles will meet with students from the Emily Carr University in Canada. He will also have a chance to talk to the students and teachers involved in community building art projects between The Prince’s School for Traditional Arts and Canadian First Nations.

The Prince’s School for Traditional Arts is working with Canadian First Nations (that is, Indigenous Peoples) to implement a number of arts-based initiatives. Their first project with the Ahousaht First Nation in British Colombia involves a series of workshops for students, teaching craft skills such as bark weaving, wood carving and building shelters. At the exhibition, His Royal Highness will be shown a piece of boardwalk that has been carved, as well as some beading and quilling work made by students based on the knowledge that they have gained at the workshops.

From the Forest to the Sea is the first exhibition in the UK of its kind, and was curated by Sarah Milroy, a Canadian art critic and journalist, and Ian A.C. Dejardin, the Director of the Dulwich Picture Gallery. James Hart, a Haida hereditary chief and master carver, also helped the curators with the task and will be present when Prince Charles visits next Tuesday.

Featured photo credit: UK in Sweden via photopin cc

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