River's Edge: Exhibition Launch

Group exhibition at BallroomArts, Aldeburgh
1 June, 2022
River's Edge, Jack Wheeler's installation at BallroomArts
River's Edge, Jack Wheeler's installation at BallroomArts
The installation in the ballroom on the first floor will be new sculpture derived from forms found along the tidal waterline by Jack Wheeler and Beth Groom who have collected the subject matter for their sculptural objects while on their walks of Norfolk’s beaches.

We will also be showing a selection of intricately constructed sculptures of birds fashioned from repurposed materials by Emily Mayer. Emily has worked as an artist and sculptor for many years using techniques as diverse as construction in wood, mechanical components, plastic, and taxidermy.

Emily Mayer Eel Catcher

Emily Mayer, Eel Catcher 2004/07


About the author

Paul Barratt, Director and Curator at Contemporary and Country

Paul Barratt

Paul Barratt started working in contemporary art galleries in 1989, having graduated in Fine Art from Goldmsith’s, London University. He initially worked at Anthony d’Offay Gallery, one of the contemporary art dealers, who dominated the London art market in the 80s and 90s. He was approached by the Lisson Gallery to be gallery manager for the influential art dealer Nicholas Logsdail. This was followed by a short period in New York at Gladstone Gallery, to work for visionary art dealer Barbara Gladstone, working with the artist and filmmaker Matthew Barney.


On his return to London, Paul secured a place on the postgraduate curatorial course at the Royal College of Art, to complete an MA. After graduation in 2001, he worked as an independent curator on several projects in Oslo, London, Brighton and Basel, before joining Paul Vater at his design agency Sugarfree in 2004. He has worked with Paul ever since.