Event / 22 Sep 2021

In Conversation: Mike Perry & Bronwen Colquhorn

Mike Perry

Join contemporary photographic artist Mike Perry and Bronwen Colquhoun, Senior Curator of Photography at Amgueddfa Cymru -National Museum of Wales, live on Zoom.

Mike Perry’s photographs challenge conventional ways of seeing our coastline and countryside, with a focus on Britain’s National Parks. Land/Sea, currently on display at Oriel y Parc, St Davids, opens our eyes to society’s broken relationship with the natural world.

Dr Bronwen Colquhoun is responsible for the curation and management of the art department’s photography collections, curating the exhibition programme for the Museum’s permanent photography gallery and contributing to the Museum’s temporary exhibition programme.

This event is jointly hosted by Oriel y Parc St Davids, Amgueddfa Cymru National Museum of Wales and Ffotogallery.

About Artist

Portrait of Mike Perry

Mike Perry

Mike Perry’s photographs examine the interactions of landscape, nature and industrial society, questioning the romantic mythology of national parks as areas of wilderness and natural beauty. Among the many artists documenting ecological collapse, Perry’s work is distinct in the hyperlocal and apparently mundane nature of his subjects. Rather than epic, aerial vistas of glaciers or oil fields, Perry directs our attention to the overlooked hedgerow or the shell-encrusted flip-flop. The drama of these micro-studies are nonetheless global, holding a tension between their extraordinary aesthetic beauty and the damage inflicted upon nature by human activity. At a time when ecological collapse and a global pandemic are drawing unprecedented attention to the importance and fragility of nature, his work could hardly be more resonant.

He was invited to the first Tipping Point symposium on climate change between leading scientists and artists at Oxford University and in 2015 presented to the Treasury on climate change action with economist Nicholas Stern and artists Antony Gormley and Cornelia Parker. In 2022, Perry created Y Cae (The Field), a 15 acre experimental art/ecology space for nature restoration and engagement with artists, writers and ecologists.

Perry’s work has exhibited at National Museum Wales’s New Ground : Landscape Art in Wales since 1970, (2012), Art and The Material Landscape (2016), and Land/Sea 2021. The Royal Academy of Arts exhibitions The Black and White Room (2014), Art Made Now (2018) and Climate (2022), at the internationally curated Vita Vitale exhibition at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015) and at the exhibition Found, curated by artist Cornelia Parker at The Foundling Museum (2016). In 2017, he was included in the British Arts Council Collection exhibition British Landscape and The Imagination at Towner Art Gallery.