Christine Hurford is a Londoner, now living in Cumbria, whose work responds to place and time, linking ancient places, customs, lives and beliefs with contemporary times.
Looking especially at lives ignored or disregarded by others and bringing them to greater prominence, she works mainly with clay, fired and raw, but also with other materials such as plaster, metal and wood.
Recent work has included large pieces installed outdoors - briefly for a couple of hours as at Voreda or above Ullswater or for a few weeks such as Form Reform along the River Eden. Insects have often been a vehicle for expressing deeper feelings such as Death & Life with hundreds of dead flies in Carlisle Cathedral, Remembering 409 with red insects at an old cotton mill and a mass of white cockroaches at Ashness Bridge, Borrowdale.
Drawings, sketches and photographs are important and some are shown on this website.
Since graduating in 2007 with a first class honours degree, she has exhibited in diverse places - from muddy ditches to empty shops and old buildings as well as galleries (occasionally!)
There have been a few exhibitions recently but this year, 2023, there will be 3 exhibitions:
RSPB Geltsdale visitor centre, near Hallbankgate for the months of June and July
Gallery 4A Penrith next to the EVAN (Eden Valley Artistic Network) studios for the month of August
Leith Custom House, Edinburgh mid June, this will be a group exhibition
More details of opening times will follow shortly