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Student Exhibition: ‘How Like A Leaf’

Join OCA student Sue Parr for her exhibition in Eype Centre for the Arts, nr Bridport on Saturday 29th July 2023 at 11am for an artist talk and live performance.

Time & Location

29th July, 11:00 – 15:00

Eype Centre for The Arts, St. Peter’s Church, Mount Lane, Eype, nr. Bridport. Dorset. DT6 6AP.

About the exhibition

‘How Like A Leaf’ is a multidisciplinary art exhibition focusing on the relationship between humans and plants, specifically stinging nettles. 

Nettles are often considered a weed – having no particular use, yet over millennia they have provided an important source of food, medicine, fibre and colour for human life. They also play a vital ecological role in sustaining multiple invertebrate life-forms.

There are many characteristics of the nettle that we humans share. We have the power to hurt or to heal. Our bodies are fibrous, pigmented, porous and leaky. We respire, expire, digest and decay together, leaving traces as we go. 

The work on show examines and enacts these ideas through video, performance, drawing, prints and textiles that incorporate both human and plant body matter. Drawing from pre-modern attitudes towards plants which were built on respect, reciprocity and care, the work aims to honour the debt owed and give thanks to the nettle through acts of ritual and relic.

Her work is available to view at: https://sueparr.co.uk/works/

The exhibition is supported by the Gane Trust Grant and the Open College of The Arts Enterprise Enhancement Scheme.


11am – Meet and greet, refreshments and an opportunity to have a quick view of the exhibition.

11.30am – Live performance/ Artist talk / Q & A session.

If you would like to stay for the whole day, then please bring your own lunch.

From 1pm to 3pm there will be nettle-themed drawing activities, nettle tea drinking and opportunities for relaxed peer-to-peer discussions.

Join Sue for all or part of the day. Everyone is welcome! 

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