diep~haven, festival of contemporary creation, comes to Sheffield Park

Artist Gabriela Albergaria

Art comes across the Channel this year as Sheffield Park and Garden takes part in diep~haven, festival of contemporary creation that will be running throughout this summer. Artist, Gabriela Albergaria will be creating a piece inspired by the nature and surroundings of this historic garden.

The diep~haven festival is an annual cross-channel contemporary art festival which takes place in East Sussex and Normandy, France. The 2018 theme is ‘Terra Firma’, exploring the relationship between humans and the landscape.  

Meet the artist

We are pleased to welcome Portuguese artist, Gabriela Albergaria, to Sheffield Park in February. Having worked across the world, she uses photography, drawing and sculpture to explore gardens and cultural landscapes as elaborate constructs and environments for cultural and social processes.

" I’m interested in visiting places that were transformed by man. This can be a historical garden, or even a quarry.  I like to see the place, spend some time there, collect photos, drawings and material elements like stones, leaves, etc. To get information of the history of the place and hear stories about the place. The contemporary reality of the place is ultimately what I usually end up working with. But it’s on this border between the history of the place and the present use that I like to concentrate."
- Gabriela Albergaria

Gabriela Albergaria lives and works in Lisbon and London, and studied at the Fine Arts University of Porto, Portugal. She uses photography, drawing, installation and sculpture to develop works that take gardens and their history as a starting point, intersecting with personal and subjective memories.

She has taken part in artists residences including Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris; Centre National d' Art Contemporain, France; Museum of Modern Art of Bahia, Brazil; University of Oxford Botanic Garden in collaboration with The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, UK; Winter Workshop, the Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center, New York; and Residency Unlimited, New York.

When and where

Gabriela's installation will be located on the grass by the Top Lake, between the path and house not far from Visitor Reception.  Work will commence mid-February and is expected to take five days to complete. Do check our social media channels to see it's progress over the five days. The horticultural team and volunteers will be assisting Gabriela in its installation.

The proposed artwork installation by artist, Gabriela Albergaria
The proposed artwork installation by artist, Gabriela Albergaria
The proposed artwork installation by artist, Gabriela Albergaria

Learn more

Gabriela will be also be giving a talk on Wednesday 28 February at 10.30am to discuss the meaning behind the sculpture and the creative processes.  This is a free event (but pre-bookable as numbers are limited).  Please call 01825 790231 to reserve your place. Further information is available here.

See more of diep~haven 2018

You can see more of the diep~haven festival at Charleston House and Great Dixter, as well as Sheffield Park and Garden.  Across the Channel, various locations in Normandy will also be taking part. Further details of all artists residences, exhibitions and events can be found at www.diephaven.org

Gabriela's installation will remain in place at Sheffield Park and Garden until the end of the summer. She will also be exhibiting drawings produced during her residency at Sheffield Park and Garden at other locations as part of the festival programme.

Latest updates

21 Feb 18

Day 3 of the transformation

Some early morning sunshine on day three brings out the different colours of the lichen and moss on the branches. The bolts used to hold the branches together stand out against the natural form, highlighting the human intervention in the creation of the piece.

Bolts hold branches together in this contemporary art installation

26 Jan 18

The tree is felled

Gabriela visited today to supervise the cutting down of the tree that will be the main part of her art installation. The cedar tree, Cedrus deodara, had died and was due to be taken down anyway. It's now in position in the garden by Ten Foot Pond ready for Gabriela to start work on its transformation on Monday 19 February.

diep~haven Sheffield park tree felling