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This exhibition brings together the work of two artists who both had opportunities to travel in the Amazonas region of South America in the 1990s.

Richard Deacon will be exhibiting a single new wooden sculpture in the gallery. A plaited wooden form, half basket, half boat, will be placed across the stepped section of the gallery as if it were shooting the Roche rapids. The placement of the piece resulted, in part, from a conversation between Richard and David about their separate trips to the Orinoco and listening to David's sound recording of two men working at building a large dug-out boat, known as a bongo.

Richard Deacon is an internationally renowned sculptor, who exhibits all over the world. Recent shows include Out of Order, Tate St Ives, Masters of the Universe, Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park, New York and The Size Of It, Museum Artium, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain (and tour). He won the Turner Prize in 1987.

David Ward is making a new soundwork for the gallery with recorded voices, Oronokol!, developed from his travels on the Orinoco River. In 1995, combined with his interest in the river themes in James Joyce's Finnegans Wake, David will also show new works in other media including painting.

For the Salisbury Festival in June and as a prologue to the exhibition, David will present ORINOCO / ROCHE, a live performance involving guest readers and performers. The words, sounds and movements relate to rivers from several sources, including sounds he recorded from the Orinoco. These associations are brought into the landscape of Roche Court -hence the title of the work.

David Ward has exhibited internationally. His works in response to architecture and performance include Chorus, Royal Festival Hall; Weight & Measure, Sir John Soanes Museum; Bird Song, with Siobhan Davies Dance, Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House; Nocturne, City of London and he exhibited in Filmperformance at Modern Art Oxford.

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Richard Deacon and David Ward