'To coincide with the exhibition 'New Truth to Materials: Wood' in October 2017, Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft played host to British Council international artist in residence Anna Bera in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute. Bera’s work draws inspiration from research on the human relationship with nature in a biological, cultural and spiritual context. As part of her research during the residency, she explored the practices of local craftspeople and examined their attitudes to woodworking and wood itself, as well as exploring the South Downs National Park to search for inspiring artefacts and creating a kind of wood laboratory. The resulting project entitled 'Decay' included a final piece of work 'Font', made from cedar and oak burr.'
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