• August 24, 2019
  • 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Haarlem Artspace (see map below)

Haarlem Artspace presents leading contemporary artists for this significant event and exhibition, Fieldwork.

Curated by award-winning artist Olivia Penrose Punnett, Fieldwork explores contemporary art in a rural context with three performances and a symposium on Sat 24 August, plus an exhibition and film over the two Wirksworth Festival weekends, 7th & 8th and 14th & 15th September.

A suitable site will be found near to Haarlem Mill – a quiet corner of a field or a clearing in a wood – where three site-specific performances will take place:

  • Fourthland’s Moon Scroll, inspired by the word ‘display’ meaning ‘to unravel / unfold’ and summoning a deep listening to the voices of nature and our ancestors.
  • David Steans will use fiction, narrative and costume to blur the lines between reality and what’s imagined.
  • Tazelaar Stevenson & Mikey Page will deliver a performance combining analogue electronics and bird song in dialogue – they will set up at 3am that morning to play and record their performance, using microphones, hand-built synthesisers and effects to respond to and become part of the dawn chorus.

A symposium with invited speakers and artists will take place in the afternoon from 2 to 5pm in the same outside space to discuss rurality, contemporary art and our current environmental state. Invited speakers include Helen Jukes, Mary Wiltshire, Glennie Kindred, Penny Newell, Chris Thornhill, along with curator Olivia Penrose Punnett and the featured artists. The conversation will be chaired by Haarlem Artspace Director, Catherine Rogers.

Performance and Symposium: £8 (includes lunch)

Local filmmaker, Gavin Repton will create an abstract film from the three performances to be shown during the Wirksworth Festival. See Gowirksworth.com Events for 7th and 14th September for more information.


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