French artist Gilles Bruni produces contextual based landscape works. He is particularly interested in the ecology of a place, its inhabitants and their history.
At Hestercombe he is drawn to the Landscape Garden and the potential restoration of an eighteenth century ‘Hermitage’. For two weeks in July (9th – 22nd) he will become Hestercombe’s own Hermit’; building a shelter and engaging with visitors.
Gilles Bruni initially studied agriculture before moving into experimental painting and obtaining a doctorate in Visual Arts in 1997. From 1987 until 2005 he collaborated with Marc Babarit under the name B/B (Bruni/Babarit – Babarit/Bruni), since then he has worked and collaborated with many institutions and communities. His art works and field activities have taken him beyond France to Germany, the USA, Canada, Denmark, Italy, Austria and Venezuela. We are delighted that this residency will be his first in the UK.
On Thursday 12th July and Wednesday 18th July, Gilles will lead a walk to some of the hidden sites of Hestercombe. Sturdy footwear is recommended.
Normal garden admission applies. No need to book – just meet at the Ticket Office at 11am.