Jyll Bradley works in a broad range of media including drawing, photo-based studio works and large scale public art projects. Her public projects often involve engagement from local communities, searching collectively for meaning in the idea of “place”. Light is an important protagonist in her work and she talks of using it to “bring things into the present”.

For Folkestone Triennial 2014, Bradley presents Green/Light (for M.R.), a major new sculptural light installation created for the Old Gas Works site, Foord Road North, Folkestone. Now redundant and inaccessible, the site was once a hub of energy and the very place where electric light was first generated for the town. The creation of the installation has been an intense personal journey for Bradley, who was born in Folkestone in the same year that the Gas Works were decommissioned, but has lived her adult life as a successful artist in London.

Green/Light (For M.R.) is an attempt to ‘square the circle’. The outer square grid of the sculpture – built as a traditional hop garden with wooden poles, wirework and stringing – creates a webbed enclosure that represents her childhood in Kent. The inner circle of aluminium poles that shimmer with colour and gather light occupies the precise footprint of one of the original gasometers on the site, and stands for the energy and insight of her adult life.

Green/Light (For M.R.) has been made with the engagement of the local residents association and in close partnership with Structural Engineer Ben Godber. The sculpture’s exciting, immersive, reflective space invites the further regeneration of the site for the local community.

Jyll Bradley was born in Folkestone, UK, in 1966 and studied at Goldsmiths College (1985–88) and The Slade (1991–3). Since the early 1990s she has exhibited her work in the UK and internationally including: The British Art Show, Hayward Gallery, London (1990); Museo De Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia (2004); and Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou, China (2004); Arnolfini, Bristol, (2005) Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (2008); Newlyn Art Gallery (The Exchange) 2010, the Bluecoat (2011). In 2013 Bradley was the only international artist commissioned for the Centenary of Canberra, for which she presented a solo exhibition City of Trees at The National Library of Australia, Canberra. This year she will realise Le Jardin Hospitalier, a major public art commission for the Centre Hospitalier Regional Universitaire de Lille, France as well as having a solo show at Mummery+Schnelle, London, UK.

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  1. Posted by Helena Goldwater on August 30, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    This is a wonderful work. It’s minimal and formal beauty belies it’s ability to move you when you are inside it. It was like being inside and outside at the same time. It’s complex and layered not only in its construction but the connections between the urban and hop farming/rural. There were a lot of butterflies flitting through it which was a touching addition. Thanks!

  2. Posted by Nicky Hodge on August 31, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Having been around the whole trail this weekend, Jyll Bradley’s Green/Light (for M.R.) is by a long mile the most impressive work in the Folkestone Triennial 2014. This spellbinding light work skilfully blends ancient and modern materials to weave a piece that radiates energy and crackles with emotion. Wonderful.

  3. Posted by Chris Dickens on September 2, 2014 at 6:20 am

    My favourite piece of art of the Triennial! Well Jyll has really got this one right. As soon as you enter the Green/Light you enter a different dimension, the old brick railway bridge behind becomes a backdrop for this stunning sculpture (in which the bridge just disappears).
    I can really feel the sense of being a kid and running through a hop field, as this sculpture transfers you back in time and has a feeling of calm and peace as well as freedom. The road along with the shop frontages reflects real life in the clear if not slightly mirrored glass that reminds you of reality, but beyond is the green lights and hop strings that takes you into another world messing with your head.
    Well done Jyll and thank you for this great piece of art, not just from me but from the many people who will visit this sculpture.

    While on the subject of thanking people, and the fact that I can’t seem to find anywhere else to put this comment, We would like to thank the whole Triennial team for a wonderful and very well managed art festival, it really took me and my partner’s breath away. The passion of all the staff is second to none. The people from Folkestone are very lucky to have such an event. We will be back!
    Thank you.
    Chris and Donna – Suffolk

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