John Barleycorn Must Die

Image Credit: Matt Rowe and New Brewery Arts

New Brewery Arts, Cirencester, GL7 1JH

01285 657181
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https://www.newbreweryarts.org.uk

Saturday 15 June 2019 – Sunday 25 August 2019
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm

A collection of work by artist Matt Rowe and accompanying research materials gathered in collaboration with curator Laura Mansfield, this exhibition reflects upon the story and tradition of John Barleycorn through associated artifacts and artworks.

John Barleycorn is the personification of the barley and its associated food and drink. The lyrics of the 17th Century English folk song in which John Barleycorn originally appeared detail the lifecycle of barley from grain to harvest to bread and beer, and the seemingly indestructible spirit of the crop. Meeting, socialising and working with individuals in the locality of New Brewery Arts, Matt has developed a number of collaborative works reexamining the John Barleycorn myth and its resonance within contemporary Cirencester.

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