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Hygge: the art of intimacy and simple acts

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Saturday 9 November 2019 - Saturday 4 January 2020 - 00.00


New Ashgate Gallery

Hygge is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment as cosy, charming or special. It requires consciousness, a certain slowness, and the ability to not just be present – but recognise and enjoy the present. Hygge is about an art of creating intimacy. While there’s no one English word to describe hygge, several can be used interchangeably to describe the concept such as cosiness, charm, happiness, contentedness, security, familiarity, comfort, reassurance, kinship, and simplicity.

Our festive Hygge exhibition presents handcrafted work that help us to survive the cold, dark and sameness of the winter time. These objects will celebrate, acknowledge and break up the mundane. With so many cold, dark, days, the simple act of a lighting a candle and enjoying a beautiful cup of coffee could make a huge difference to one’s spirit.

Some of the highlights in the exhibition include Ekta Kaul’s special embroidered Story Maps rooted in narrative, handwoven tapestry by Jeni Ross rich in colour, warm homewares from Judeworks, atmospheric lighting by Amy Cooper and Liz Scrine, beautifully crafted mini houses by Fiona Findley, delightful ceramics by Isobel Higley and ceramic sculpture by Alison Proctor, exploring natural landscape, the sea and coastline.