Group show at Kingsgate Project Space with Leah Stewart, Sebastian Thomas & Isabel Wilkinson, London, 2019.
Wild Service marked the end of a two month collaborative takeover of Kingsgate Project Space during which the artists used the space as a shared studio for research and to produce new work.
Working with themes of the relationship between industry and nature, survivalism, food, foraging, forestry, ritual and domestic magic; the show featured natural dyes, votive offerings, sticks and shelters, dissembled collage, eggs, giant bananas, draped prints and plaster plate fungi.
Deriving from a French word meaning necessary, a right of estover conferred the ability to take limbs of timber for minor works to buildings, for making farm implements and hurdles, and as deadwood for fuel, or to take bracken and heather for bedding. At one time the right of estovers would have been a mainstay of rural communities, but its importance has declined through recent centuries. Nearly 22% of Welsh commons and 10% of English Commons have the right recorded, although its practice is probably now localised.
Source: The Foundation for Common Land