Leaves / Leaving
Tues - Fri, 9.30 - 4pm. Sat - Sun, 11.30 - 4pm
Salford Museum and Art Gallery
Leaves / Leaving was a participatory project by artist Lowri Evans which took place under three trees in Salford in November 2021. It was documented by photographer and MA Socially Engaged Photography graduate Joseph Lee.
In early September 2021 Lowri started to research the trees of Salford – meeting with enthusiasts, experts and the trees themselves – with the view to return to make a work with the falling leaves later in the season. But the leaves had already started to leave. She said ‘Autumn was cracking on in its usual abundance of beginnings and endings. The world was supposedly coming out of a global pandemic and my body clock was ticking louder than ever. I wanted to pause in all the change. I wanted to see if anyone else did too.’
Lowri invited members of the public to drop by for a chat under three trees in Salford – Eccles Recreation Ground, the gardens at Ordsall Hall and the University of Salford campus – and let go of something. These thoughts were captured on leaves found under the trees.
Reflecting on cycles of life, death and the act of letting go, Lowri’s project Leaves / Leaving asks what we can learn from nature – and what wisdom we might share with each other.