Overview

Forest and Found are an artist duo consisting of artists Max Bainbridge (b. 1991, London) and Abigail Booth (b. 1991, London). Working together since 2014, their studio gives them a space for material  experimentation, as well as a platform to explore their individual art practices. Working in both visual arts  and contemporary craft.

 

Working across the visual arts, artists Max Bainbridge and Abigail Booth draw upon a background in painting  and sculpture, whilst looking towards a newly developed language of craft. They work independently to produce installations that form dialogues between landscape, material and process as they navigate the changing context of the maker. Working with raw materials sourced directly from evolving rural and urban landscapes, they explore identity and place through expanded material histories and hand-work. Raw wood,  textile and natural pigments are elements that ground their individual practices in a material investigation of the object and textile surface as a critical space for their interaction with the natural. Bainbridge’s exploration of the living tree is rooted in the physicality of the embodied vessel and carved object, while Booth’s patchworked and painted canvases explore the psycho-natural surface of the constructed, textile image. Their use of natural and found material is central to the economy of their work as they turn to the concept of landscape as a critical site that can occupy the space between thought and process. They treat  this liminal space as a site where cultural narratives and identity can be challenged and re-written through the physical act of making and their psychological exploration of the natural.

 

Forest and Found's work has been exhibited Internationally. Selected solo exhibitions include: Walking the Line, Oriel Myrddin, Camarthen (2019) and Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin  (2018); Outland, Egg, London (2018). Selected group exhibitions include: From Nature, Informality (2021), Common Thread, New Art Centre, Roche Court, (2020), Jerwood Makers Open, Jerwood Space, London, (2019/21), Levelling Traditions, Make Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton (2018), Collect Open, Saatchi Gallery, London (2018). In 2017 they were artists' in residence at Pitt River’s Museum, Oxford (2017).

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EDUCATION 

Max Bainbridge: b.1991, London 

2010/13  Chelsea College of Arts, BA (Hons) Fine Art  

2009/10  Chelsea College of Arts, Foundation Art & Design 

 

Abigail Booth: b.1991, London 

2010/13  Chelsea College of Arts, BA (Hons) Fine Art  

2012  San Francisco Art Institute, International Exchange Program 

2009/10  Byam Shaw School of Art, Foundation Fine Art 

  

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

SOLO 

2019 Walking the Line, Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen 

2018 Walking the Line, Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin 

2018 Outland, Egg Trading, London 

2018 Realising Landscape, The Space, Bruton 

2017 Unearthed: AIR, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford 

2016 Objects of Utility, INKU, London 

 

GROUP

2021  From Nature, Informality, UK

2020/21  Jerwood Makers Open, 20-21 Visual Arts, Scunthorpe / Torre Abbey, Torquay 2020 Down To Earth, Jaggedart, London 

2021 Modern Masters, International Trade Fair, Munich

2020 Common Thread, New Art Centre, Roche Court, Salisbury 

2020 Collect 2020, Somerset House, London  

2020 Jerwood Makers Open, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester 2019 Pairings, Jaggedart, London 

2019 Re-New, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge 

2019 Jerwood Makers Open, National Centre for Craft & Design, Sleaford 2019 The Art of Gathering, New Craftsman Gallery, St Ives 

2020 Jerwood Makers Open, Jerwood Space, London 

2019 Thread: Contemporary Textiles, Rheged Centre, Cumbria 

2019 Scorched, Sarah Myerscough Gallery, London 

2019 Spring Exhibition, Palau de Casavells, Girona 

2019 Collect 2019, Saatchi Gallery, London 

2018 Levelling Traditions, Make Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton 2018 Piecework Collective, Ludlow Studios, New York 

2018 Ready Made Go, ACE Hotel, London 

2018 Material Wood: Art & Design, Messums Wiltshire, Tisbury 

2018 Showcase, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield 

2018 Collect Open, Saatchi Gallery, London 

2018 Maker + Place: Sotheby's Auction, Sotheby's, New York 

2018 New Truth to Materials: Wood, Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Ditchling 2017 Through the Woods, Jaggedart, London 

2017/18 Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London, Norwich, Bath, Canterbury 2017 Piecework Collective, 402 West 13th Street, New York 

2017 Chromatic Geography, Craft Ontario Gallery, Toronto 

2017 New Quilting, Rheged Centre, Cumbria 

2017 MAKE, Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin 

 

RESIDENCIES

2019 Artist Thinking Residency, Harp Cottage, Old Radnor 

2018 Artist House Residency, The Cold Press Gallery, Norfolk 

2017 Need, Make, Use Residency, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford

Published Writing 

2017 The Wild Dyer by Abigail Booth, Kyle Books 

2016 The Urban Woodsman by Max Bainbridge, Kyle Books 

  

AWARDS / PROGRAMMES

2020 QEST Scholarship - Painting (Abigail Booth), Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust 2019 QEST Scholarship - Woodturning (Max Bainbridge), Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust 2019 Jerwood Makers Open, Jerwood Arts 

2018 London Creative Network, Cockpit Arts 

2017 Hothouse, Crafts Council 

 

TALKS

2020 In Conversation, Manchester Art Gallery, online 

2020 Artist Talk, BA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art, online 

2019 In Conversation: The Art of Boro, 8 Holland St, Bath & London 

2019 Making Conversation: Forest + Found and Tanya Harrod, Jerwood Arts, London2019 Textile Artists in Conversation, Ray Stitch, London 

2019 Craftsmanship in Wood, London Craft Week, London 

2018 Landscape in Practice, Mary Duggan Architects, London 

2018 Landscape in Practice, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton 

2018 Collect Open Makers in Conversation, Saatchi Gallery, London 

2018 Next Generation Craft, Saatchi Gallery, London  

2017 Exhibition Tour: Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London  2017 How We Make Things, Q&A Hole & Corner Magazine, London Design Fair, London 2017 The Future of Objects, Q&A Forest + Found, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford 2016 London’s Underground Artisans, Q&A Selvedge Magazine, V&A, London 2016 London’s Underground Artisans, Q&A Selvedge Magazine, New Designers, London

 

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