New Visual Approach to Leaf Fall

May 2011

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

International video artist Tim Skinner has adapted the complex scientific understanding of autumn’s swansong, into a poetic ephemeral visual portrayal, bringing science and art together.

The work supported by CADE (Centre for the Arts and Design in the Environment) explores visual and audio dimensions of plant senescence (aging resulting in leaf fall).

Over the past six months, he has been collaborating with scientists Ron Fryer and Margaret Sommerville at Writtle College.

Tim’s work has engaged both art and science students, and now allows the public a chance to experience his unique brand of video art, in a month long exhibition being held at Writtle College.

Tim commented: “CADE and I have been talking about and planning this project for the past three years, to see it finally come together, engaging the students with video art has been very rewarding. Working closely with scientist has transformed my approach to my work.”

The exhibition will be split across the campus, the majority of the work will be centred in the hub of the College main building, and another will be featured within the science laboratories.

Ron Fryer and Margaret Sommerville spoke about working alongside Tim: “Engaging with Tim and helping him to develop his ideas have caused us to re-approach the way we view the scientific backdrop to autumn.”

The residency has been funded by Arts Council England with in-kind support from CADE and firstsite.

Jill Raggett from CADE commented: “I consider Tim has enriched our learning environment and experience for both students and staff. His conceptual approach has taken our notions of autumn in new directions beyond the pure aesthetics of autumn colours and planting plans to consider links between the scientific, visual and audio - these ideas have fuelled the imagination of all those involved"

The exhibition will be on from 6 May until 10 June (Mon-Fri 11am – 4pm)

For further details please contact Janie Townshend, -

01245 424258

Or the artist Tim Skinner -


The private view is on Friday 6 May starting at 6pm, all members of the press are welcome, plus earlier in the day the artist will be available for an interview and photo call, starting from 1pm.

This project comes at a turning point in Tim Skinner’s career, both creatively and professionally. Self-exploratory videos have made way for more collaborative-based informative pieces.

Recent works such as ‘Bully’ and ‘Two Måner’ have illustrated Tim’s diversity; the first an Essex County Council commission working with current British national and Olympian field hockey player Chloe Rogers; the second an installation collaborating with Danish contemporary artist Stephanie Donsoe.