Over a year I worked closely with Ken – a retired Peak District hill farmer. Together we explored his farm, history and improvised making. Much of what we talked about and he shared, I brought together into a new archive of prints, drawings, transcriptions, sound, film, oral recordings and documentary photographs. The drawing here shows an improvised sheep pen and dipping station built by Ken in the 1970s.
The commission aimed to explore ideas of use and function, site specificity, contemporary collecting and the changing face of British farming. Work was shared via a website [now archived] and as exhibitions in venues on the National Trust’s Longshaw Estate.
Curated by David Gilbert
Arts Derbyshire Development Group
Esme Fairburn foundation
The National Trust
Derbyshire County Council