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El Rio Cangreahal Looking upriver by Tony Foster

Fragile Planet - Watercolour Journeys into Wild Places

Fragile Planet is a major exhibition of watercolours by Cornwall’s world-renowned wilderness artist, Tony Foster.

A stark picture of the environmental risks now being faced around the world, Fragile Planet - Watercolour Journeys into Wild Places, highlights the precariousness of the world’s wildernesses and endangered environments, many of which Tony has visited and painted over the past 30 years. Sadly, some no longer exist, while others have been dramatically altered by the twin perils of climate change and human intervention.

Fragile Planet focused on five landscape areas - Rainforests, Water, Arctic, Deserts, and Cornwall - with accompanying key information about their plight for each set of breath-taking watercolours.

Kaieteur Falls Looking SW from Johnson's View

Tony says: ‘For nearly 40 years I have made my art in the world’s great wildernesses. Nobody can spend long periods of time in these places without becoming concerned for their future. Whilst painting in primary rainforest I heard chainsaws whining and enormous trees crashing to the ground. I canoed down clear rivers where gold dredgers poison the water with mercury; camped in pristine deserts knowing the prehistoric water tables were being sucked dry. In the Arctic, as the ice melts, mining companies are moving into pristine landscapes.  Sitting underwater on scuba, I have drawn myriads of fish of unimaginable variety and beauty, to find, a year later, the corals bleached, and the fish gone.’

This exhibition is generously supported by The Foster of Palo Alto, California.

Exhibition Times

The exhibition is running between 15 February 2022 - 14 April 2022. It is free to visit and all are welcome.

Opening Times

10:00 - 12:00 and 14:00 - 16:00 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Closed Friday.

Last admission is 11:30 and 15:30 respectively.

NB: The exhibition will close at 12 noon on 14 April 2022.

If you are interested in viewing the exhibition during the opening times please check-in at the Porters' Lodge on Magdalene Street to obtain access to the gallery. Please wear a face covering when entering the Porters' Lodge.

An Exhibition Catalogue is for sale in the Gallery. Cost: £6, card payments only

Exhibition Location

The Robert Cripps Gallery, Magdalene College New Library.

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As the College grounds are currently closed to visitors you will be asked to wear a face-covering during your visit. We would appreciate you taking a Lateral Flow Test before your visit.