Jem Southam: Ray’s
Sheds - The Hidden Work of Ray Exworth
Kestle Barton, Helford
10/9/16 - 29/10/16
'Born in Ipswich
in 1930, Ray Exworth studied at the Royal College of Art from 1955 to
1959. Twice awarded the Arts Council Major Award, he lectured at the
Royal College of Art, Royal Academy Sculpture School and Falmouth School
of Art. For over forty years he lived and worked in relative seclusion
at his home in Cornwall.
In 2011 Kestle Barton made a landmark exhibition documenting the work of
Ray Exworth, including some large scale photographs of his work by Jem
Southam. In 2015 Ray Exworth died, leaving behind his wife, Susie, and
the Wroxham Trust to oversee the legacy of his estate; including The
Circus, still unseen.
Jem Southam, currently Professor of Photography at Plymouth University,
a very fine and widely collected photographer and close friend of Ray
and Susie, visited regularly during the 1980s and in so doing was able
to make a remarkable series of photographs of Ray’s work. Now Jem
Southam has returned to Ray’s sheds with his camera, his memories of
Ray, and a renewed desire to document and share this lifetime’s work'.