New exhibition at Benmore Botanic Garden, Scotland
Visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to interact with the majority of the items on display, allowing them to discover for themselves how Stead’s work blurred the lines between furniture design and sculpture, business and conservation, poetry and teaching.
“It is delightful to see Tim’s work at Benmore after a break of five years and I hope visitors will enjoy this new selection of pieces in a setting that is both beautiful and so important to conservation,” commented Maggy Stead. “I do hope people of all ages will enjoy seating themselves in the different styles of chairs, sitting at the tables and trying their hands at the enigmatic Layers pieces on display."
Her sentiments were echoed by curator Peter Baxter who added: “The exhibition five years ago was so well received by our visitors that it made absolute sense to grasp the opportunity to continue the partnership with Maggy 10 years after Tim’s death. This exhibition is a remarkable tribute to a man whose philosophy and passion for the natural world was so integral to our strategies as a botanic garden. It is also one which can be enjoyed at so many different levels and cannot fail to capture the imagination of everyone who interacts with it”.
'With the Grain – The Return Of Tim Stead' runs at Benmore Botanic Garden until Sunday, July 25th. A book of the same name has been edited by Giles Sutherland, a freelance writer and art critic and is forwarded by HRH The Prince of Wales.