Explore our Natural Histories

This spring, head to the ground floor lobby at 201 Bishopsgate to discover artist Tracey Bush’s Natural Histories show as part of our Urban Eden season. 

Tracey's delicate and subtle plant studies, artist's books and cut-paper pieces which reference traditions of botanicals and herbariums stretching back to the Middle Ages will be part of our spring art at Broadgate.

About Natural Histories
The environmentalist Paul Hawken has noted that the average Western adult can recognise over 1,000 brand names and logo-types but fewer than 10 indigenous plants from the locality in which they live. Through her use of found paper and traditional craft-based practices, Tracey articulates an entirely contemporary comment upon this increasingly fragile relationship between man and Nature.

Tracey’s herbarium sheets (Celandine, Ivy, Meadow Buttercup, 2015) are from an on-going series of works that interweave this theme of lost knowledge with the rigour of scientific specimen notation. The works begin with a botanically accurate drawing made from observation of the plant, into which Tracey collages fragments of found paper from popular, branded packaging. Her vitrines and entomology boxes reference the Victorian passion for collecting specimens and are often made using vintage papers and maps. Viewings are available 10am-4pm Monday to Friday. To ensure ease of access on arrival please confirm your visit by email to Broadgate’s Art Curator Rosie Glenn (rg@rosieglennfineart.co.uk).

About the artist

Tracey Bush trained at Camberwell School of Art. Her work is featured in many UK and international collections including the Tate Britain (Library), the Yale Centre for British Art, CT, USA; and the Jaffe Collection at Florida Atlantic University, USA. She was a featured artist in the museum show Of Green Leaf, Bird and Flower at the Yale Center for British Art in May 2014. The works showcased in Natural Histories on loan from the Eagle Gallery / EMH Arts, London. Visit emmahilleagle.com and traceybush.com to find out more.

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Other art to see at Broadgate

Capturing London by Julie Leonard (until 1st September at Broadgate Tower) - a series of artworks featuring cityscapes, landscapes and portraits on prints taken from drawings done in situ by Julie on her iPad or iPhone of the local area.

Nourishment by Anthony Turner (until 27th May at Broadgate Tower) - evocative stone carving inspired by nature. 

Traces of Traces by Rosie Leventon (until 29th May at Exchange House) - wellbeing and sustainable themed artwork by the London-based sculptor.