Leisure

Where the Art is

It's a long walk from one end of Berkhamsted High Street to the other, from Vah to the Rex, but it's worth it at the moment for three fascinating exhibitions.

Peace of Mind

A four-year collaboration between the Hospice of St Francis, the University of Greenwich and Goldsmiths University of London culminates in an exhibition in Berkhamsted until 8 Dec. Called ‘Material Legacies in the Landscape of the Lost’, it’s at the Open Door, 360-364 High Street. It features work by Sam Durant, Freda Earl and Anne Marshall. Devised as part of the research for a PhD at Greenwich by Stacey Pitsillides, the exhibition also includes elements of sound, projection and 3D mapping. The purpose was to explore the way in which art, craft and creativity help bereaved people to deal with their loss. The three principals tell their stories through materials and memories, assisted by what the promotional material calls ‘creative practitioners’. The result may be a new way of looking at bereavement and, hence, of remembering the dead.
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The Bear in Winter

Above the Post Office, in the Upstairs Gallery until 6 Jan 2018 is 'A Winter's Tale' exhibition. Open Mon-Sat 10am-4pm, it has something for everyone. If you're browsing for inventive gift ideas or cards, you'll find plenty; if you want to admire the art and technical accomplishment, you'll find that too. Don't ever go to the Post Office just to buy stamps... The main picture is Alena Carvalho's 'Get Your Skates On'.

Prompting Memories

In the room above the Brewery Shop, opposite the Rex, there's the first exhibition in more than 10 years by local artist Jack Murray. 'Memory of my Father' is a collection of charcoal drawings inspired by images from the Jack's father’s cine film archives from the 1950s-80s. Dennis Murray lived in Dunsland House and died in October aged 98. 'Throughout his life, my father was interested in photography and cine film. Between the 1950s and 80s he filmed the lives of his own family. Images from these films have inspired many of the drawings in this exhibition. Charcoal is the ideal medium Not only does it convey memory in black and white, its tensile quality makes it easy to blur, rather like memory itself,' Jack said. The images are universal, showing things that affect all our lives – family, love, history and war. In this sense, they contain all our memories too. The exhibition runs to 10 December.