F.E.A.S.T. Caythorpe

F.E.A.S.T evening events are all about good company, local food and interesting discussions. Our recent successful event at Caythorpe and Frieston Village Hall explored issues connected to the “local” including production, accessibility and relevance. The above selection of photos are from that evening.

F.E.A.S.T utilises locally sourced ingredients including surplus food in the production of plant and animal based dishes. Specialist Producers included: @gelstonlamb @nelsonsbutchers @ancaster_butchers @belvoir_bakery Proctor and Son: Potatoes. E.Moore and Sons: Brussels and @3_daughters_croft_farm Lamb and Mutton.

F.E.A.S.T would not be what it was without the support and efforts of many. Including Clare Byrom, Ali Bews and Lucy Glen
F.E.A.S.T was supported by InvestSK

Whoses Culture? vinyls installed

Featuring the work of all us Whose Culture? commissioned artists these vinyls are now installed on Bridge St. Peterborough. As the lead artist I’m glad to be able to share the work we all undertook and give voice to the many overlooked and marginalised communities within the city. The vinyls not only showcase the work we made alongside them, but also give opportunites for viewers to find out more about the wider consultation via QR codes embedded in the design.

FEAST Exhibition with Nisha Keshav

This Friday and Saturday [Dec 3rd and 4th] 2-4 sees the F.E.A.S.T exhibtion open at Caythorpe and Frieston Village Hall. I will be showing a series of drawings alongside photographs by Nisha Keshav. All the works we have chosen to show will reflect on our experiences and understanding of the Lincolnshire landscape.

This free event is supported by InvestSK

Wireworks Residency. Derbyshire

22 – 27 Nov see’s me returning to Shiningcliff Woods, Belper and The Wireworks Project to further develop what I started research on back in early October. My residency is taking place over the next 6 months, supported by artists @ivanpatricksmith and Tony Shepherd. Their energies are amazing and I’m proud to have been invited to be the first resident.
The woods hold a long histories including quarrying, wire making, charcoal burning, the Grith Pioneers with their ambitions for Peace, a giant yew tree which is alleged to be the spot where the Rock a bye baby nursery rhyme began….But now much of this past is no more and instead veteran Oaks, Beech, Sycamores and managed Pines take their place. It’s a complex and layered site and one I’m looking forward to further responding to. I can’t help but think of reverting and reclamation. But also imagined futures as Tony and Ivan create new beginnings.
The Wireworks Project, set up by them, aims to host their practice and other artists from across the world during longterm residencies. With outcomes showcased in or near an old industrial building they’ve cleared for the purpose.

The Notice Board – Jane Wheat

Jane Wheat is based in Nottingham. For Exhibition 28 at The Notice Board she has created an exhibition under the title: Fixed Point Semaphore.
Of the work Jane says: My interest in rituals and the characteristics of cultural events has underpinned much of the work I have been making for several years.
I have a large extended family in South East Asia and visits there have given me a great insight into their traditions, which date back centuries.  I have made several films based on their colourful celebrations conjuring a sequence of images & sounds that are redolent with meaning.
During the on-going pandemic the separation from loved ones has proved difficult and distressing. Families living maybe only a few miles from each other became isolated. There are many families separated by continents that, even in pre pandemic times feel this separation often for years. These thoughts have led to this exhibition and a dialogue between me, my grandson and his maternal grandparents who live over 6,000 miles away. The idea of personal message from a grandchild drifting through space and time is something that I hope could amuse and entertain my relatives in their faraway country, which they can view on social media.
Flags have evolved as a tool of national identity and as a means of communication as well as decoration and demarcation. Semaphore is an international flag based language. So I asked myself ‘How can I create a flag relevant to my situation?” In response I’ve made one that contains  a personal message that can only be read by people who speak this foreign tongue.

The Notice Board enjoys the layers of code in Janes work – with private languages only available to some of us. Technology be it flags, telephones or the internet have always offered a potential freedom to speak privately and connect across great distance. The Notice Board enters itself into this list happy to support a family connect and laugh.

Jane’s website: janewheat.com

As part of her exhibition Jane has created a quiz and invites you to join in. Find the Quiz here and Answers here

Assembly Wirksworth: Rural

Taking place online, Assembly Wirksworth: Rural will focus on rurality, activism and climate change. Led by Haarlem Artspace, this 2 day event aims to enable discussion and make more visible the work that artists do within rural contexts, while also exploing how place affects practice. Co-produced by Olivia Penrose-Punnet and Catherine Rogers [co-directors of Haarlem Artspsace] it will feature artists and curators including Kate Genever, Verity Birt, Ama Josephine Budge, David Gilbert, Jessica Harby and Adam Moore. The event will also showcase films by Gavin Repton and music by Geoff Diego-Litherland. Feral Practivce and Victoria Lucas will also share soundscapes.

Please register to attend: a-n.co.uk/assemblu/assembly-wirksworth

The Notice Board- Tobias Loemke

Born: Augsburg. Germany
Lives: Nuertingen. Germany

Title: Generating Pictures (under the table)
The Notice Board remembers playing under a sheet suspended across a clothes horse or kitchen table – using cushions, blankets and toys to add to the magic. Perhaps you too built imaginary homes where you sailed away or just explored a space that was uniquely yours? It’s those ‘Free Lands’ that Tobias’ images draw on, coupled with experimental making explored in a recent summer class led by American artist Francis Ruyter.
Tobias says: In terms of picture generation I knowingly play with relationships, constellations and the compositions of things, … like playing as a child under my grandma’s kitchen table, where I was protected but also curious about the unexpected and strange …
Tobias Loemke is an artist, teacher and researcher, working at Nuertingen Geislingen University (Art Therapy). www.tobiasloemke.de Insta: tobiasloemke

FEAST 2. Caythorpe

Hosted in unique spaces F.E.A.S.T. brings people together over locally sourced food to discuss sustainable farming, the environment and culture. It aims to encourage debate by linking social, environmental, scientific and cultural thinking in an artful way. F.E.A.S.T. is a collaboration between me and my sister Liz, a scientist, who also farms alongside me and our family on a traditional mixed farm in South Lincolnshire. Agriculture and its related concerns are central to both our work, as is encouraging people to connect and share ideas.
F.E.A.S.T. began pre Covid with successful events at Uffington Village Hall in 2019 and continued in lockdown with a Zoom discussion in 2020. Now we will be hosting the second live event at: Caythorpe and Frieston Village Hall on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th December.

Each F.E.A.S.T has two distinct, yet overlapping elements:
1: A Free Exhibition by professional artists, whose work is relevant to the local landscape and F.E.A.S.T themes. Open between 2 and 4pm, each day, the exhibitions welcomes people to meet the artists while enjoying complimentary tea and homemade cakes. Nisha Keshav and I will be showing work.
2: A Dinner on the `Friday 3rd Dec 6-9pm offers a social atmosphere, delicious food and an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding. Each meal is opened with provocations from both the arts and science on a pertinent subject that enables the conversations to start and all to be involved. Guests are welcomed from a wide range of interests, backgrounds and specialisms. This F.E.A.S.T will explore issues connected to ideas of ‘local’ including production, accessibility and relevance.
Each dinner lasts three hours and has up to 25 places, utilises locally sourced ingredients, including surplus food in the production of plant and animal-based dishes. The dinner costs £10.00 per person.

F.E.A.S.T is supported by InvestSK, South Kesteven District Council’s economic growth and regeneration company, as part of the council’s commitment to boosting the local arts offer. Michael Cross, head of arts at InvestSK, said: “F.E.A.S.T. provides a great opportunity for artists to bring their work to a local community and explore new ways of developing cultural programming in a village hall setting. Village halls play an enormous part in community life and it is important that art events feature regularly in their schedules.”

For more information contact: kate@kategenever.com          
To book a place at the meal : https://www.tickettailor.com/events/feast/589609

Metal Residency.

A new extended Metal residency from Oct to March 2022 builds on recent work undertaken with the farming community and countryside specialists surrounding Peterborough.
I proposed to research historic and contemporary cultural artefacts and products that distil a sense of place = things that are representative rather than representations.

By working within rural communities I aim to showcase lives seldom elevated and highlight creative activity/objects/architectures that many wouldn’t see as important cultural contributions. I have an idea that my consideration will offer unfamiliar views of the countryside and its people. Leading to a reconsideration of current myths, cliches and stereotypes. As part of this work I will research Indian Baghs, Moroccan carpets and Dutch Still Lives and interview contemporary makers, farmers, small holders and other rurally based producers.

The eye was a road to knowledge.

Room 63 in The National Gallery is such a understated title for such a powerhouse of a room. It contains 15th century painters from the Low Countries such as Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden, Petrus Christus, Hieronymus Bosch and Robert Campin. Dirk Bouts and Hans Memling [one of Memlings works is shown above]. It also the next stop on my ongoing tour to see all the Hans Memling and Dierk Bouts paintings that exist [how far i get is another question?!]. After seeing the The Last Judegement alterpiece in Gdansk and various others including Virgin and Child in Venice – pre covid- and returning again and again to their work via books and writings such as Svetland Alpers, I am now decided that the only thing to do is stand before them and see. As Alpers writes northern artist of the 15th century believed the eye was a road to knowledge.

This tour is off the back of new research that explores the representation or picturing of ideas or imagined visuals. All born out of attending Francis Ruters lab at Salzburg Academy, where I used imagery and text to describe visualisations I’d had. However in sharing the work I seperated it out so people couldn’t see all the parts at once and in doing so aimed to cultivate an imaginative response. And it’s this inner visual response, just like Memling and Bouts know where our work is finally done and where learning begins.

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