Foule Parlement’s art flies

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Neil Metzner The witness, oil on canvas 2014
Neil Metzner The witness, oil on canvas 2014

A new exhibition opens at the Rye Creative Centre on December 1 and runs through to December 18 with a preview this Friday November 27 from 6-8pm.

Curated by Ros Faram, Foule Parlement is a group painting show based around the theme of birds and its title derives from Chaucer’s 14th century dream-vision poem, The Parlement of Foules, which addresses the questions of love, free will and destiny through the characters of various birds.

The exhibition gathers together bird-works by the cast of an array of painters to hold parliament in Rye: Ros Faram, Hayley Field, The Baron Gilvan, Paul Housley, Phil King, Joe Packer, Neil Metzner, Iain Nicholls, and Jacqueline Utley.

“Foule Parlement” was first shown at Electro Studios Project Space, St Leonards-on-Sea, earlier this year with a slightly different cast and it will be shown at No 4a Gallery in Malvern in April 2016 with a different cast again, keeping the parlance on the wing.

The exhibition is from December 1 – 18 at the Rye Creative Centre in New Road on Mondays to Fridays 10am-3pm with a talk by the artists on Sunday December 6 at 2pm.