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Press Release May 2012
3 events one cultural centre Moffat May 2012

JENNIFER GOUGH-COOPER - photographer- author - art historian at Moffat Book Events ‘Beyond the Garden Gate’

Moffat May 25-27 2012 two contrasting photographic exhibitions:
‘Paths’ and ‘Kirstenbosch’ symposium: ‘What Are Gardens For ?’

In Conversation with NT garden historian Richard Wheeler on her new book ‘Origins’

1. FRIDAY 25 MAY 2012:

Your invitation to the private view at noon, The Moffat Gallery, 21 Well Road, Moffat

Gallery opening by Professor Richard Demarco CBE and private view of The Moffat Gallery’s inaugural exhibition ‘PATHS’ by Jennifer Gough-Cooper

The suite of 12 black and white photographs, ‘PATHS’, taken at Little Sparta, the garden created by Scottish poet, Ian Hamilton Finlay, in the Pentland Hills at Dunsyre, Lanarkshire.

2 : FRIDAY 25 MAY 2012 at 4pm:

Invitation to the Private View at Craigieburn Café & Gallery, Moffat
In association with Moffat Book Events, courtesy of Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Wheatcroft

12 photographs of ‘KIRSTENBOSCH’ South Africa’s National Botanical Garden
by Jennifer Gough-Cooper

“The black and white photographs of course reveal many things about the plants and the landscape of Kirstenbosch which a colour photograph could not do. They enable a concentration on the form of the plants and trees, use the changing light and reveal the structure and layout of the Botanical Garden- showing how it has been grafted on to an existing landscape…My imaginary Kirstenbosch is now the monochrome one created for me by Jennifer Gough-Cooper. Its form has been revealed but the mystery remains.”
Michael Nixon, Arts adviser to the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

3. SATURDAY 26 MAY 2012 at 2pm: The Town Hall, Moffat

‘What are Gardens for?’

Panel discussion and audience Question & Answer: with Anna Pavord (author of The Tulip),
Richard Wheeler (National Trust garden history specialist), Janet Wheatcroft of Craigieburn Garden, and Jennifer Gough-Cooper (photographer and author).

4. SUNDAY 27 May 2012 at 11am: Craigieburn Garden

Jennifer Gough-Cooper in conversation with Richard Wheeler
Richard Wheeler (National Trust garden history specialist) will be asking Jennifer about her Kirstenbosch photographs and other photographic work in South Africa. Her latest book, in colour, is entitled ‘Origins - song of Nooitgedacht, a remote valley in the Karoo’, and was recently published in Cape Town to great acclaim. It is available in the UK.

Notes to the Editor:

Images available on request

Jennifer Gough-Cooper’s connection with Richard Demarco and Ian Hamilton Finlay :-

After studying at Hornsey College of Art in London, Jennifer came to work in Edinburgh at the Richard Demarco Gallery in 1969. Almost immediately Richard took her to meet a number of Scottish artists, including Ian Hamilton Finlay, who had recently moved to Stoneypath,(later to be known worldwide as Little Sparta) Dunsyre. On that first visit, Jennifer remembered there was just a lone tree near the gate, and Ian’s wife, Sue, had begun to make a small garden by the house. Jennifer remembers the lochan which Ian had just made by damming streams from the moor. There was a tiny boat for Ian and the children to sail in across the water. Much later, Jennifer renewed contact with Ian. With Ian’s agreement she let herself into the garden, with her camera, early one summer morning soon after dawn. Looking at the contact sheets with Ian, Jennifer told him how she had been struck by the variety of paths in the garden. Immediately, Ian asked whether she would collaborate in an exhibition with him at Kloster Schoenthal in Switzerland. John Schmid agreed to Ian’s proposal and Ian made a little book, Paths, for Wild Hawthorn Press.

About Jennifer Gough-Cooper

Jennifer Gough-Cooper was brought up in England and studied at Hornsey College of Art in the 1960s. Jennifer joined the Richard Demarco Gallery in 1969 and was responsible for co-curating Strategy: Get Arts in 1970. Following three years in Edinburgh, Jennifer contributed her organizational skills to Documenta 5 in Kassel 1972. As an exhibition organizer, she was involved in the Marcel Duchamp retrospective which formed the inaugural show at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, in 1977. Jennifer’s later extensive research of the artist culminated in the book Marcel Duchamp: Work and Life, published for the exhibition at the Palazzo Grassi, Venice in 1993.

After an extended visit to Cape Town in 1998, Jennifer held her first exhibition of black and white photographs at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. These photographs, all taken within Kirstenbosch, formed the inaugural art exhibition at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

Her book Apropos Rodin inspired by the work of the French sculptor in its setting at the Musée Rodin, Paris, was published in 2006. Selected Rodin photographs have been exhibited at the Royal Academy of Art, London, the Musée Rodin, Paris, and the Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica.

Jennifer Gough Cooper’s latest book will be on sale in Moffat:
Publisher: Wild Almond Press, Cape Town 2011
TITLE: Origins - song of Nooitgedacht, a remote valley in the Karoo
AUTHOR & PHOTOGRAPHER: Jennifer Gough-Cooper
ISBN: 978-0-9814417-5-7
PRICE: £ 45.00
FORMAT: Hardcover with dust jacket
PHOTOGRAPHS: 92 in colour

Some Press comments:

****A book to treasure as an artefact, as well as to celebrate for its photographic art. Robert Macfarlane, author of ‘Mountains of the Mind’ and ‘The Wild Places’.

****There should be awards for books like this – if there were, this would be a clear winner. Outstanding photography and a unique perspective. Fantastic. Paul Norman,

****On the face of it, there is the beauty of the natural environment that she recorded, showcasing its elegance with minimal interference and no visual artifice… Melvyn Minaar, The Good Weekend, Sunday Times, South Africa.

****…a coffee-table book treasure that seamlessly binds together photography as an art form and the ability of images to reveal the creation of a landscape. Getaway Magazine, South Africa.

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