step in stone tours to Salisbury Art Centre

Great news – we will be exhibiting a selection of step in stone artwork by all 14 artists this summer at Salisbury Art Centre, Wiltshire:

The exhibition runs from 18 August – 24 September.  Private View Friday 19th August, 6-8pm.

This exhibition tells the story of a unique event held in the summer/autumn of 2015. Fourteen artists, all with connections to South West England including two from Wiltshire and from as far afield as Norway and Australia, created a series of site-specific artworks in response to the nature of quarries and their place in the environmental, cultural and industrial heritage of the region. 

Exhibiting artists: Artmusic, Catherine Bloomfield, Bronwen Bradshaw, Duncan Cameron, Fiona Campbell, Duncan Elliot, Tessa Farmer, Stuart Frost, Suzie Gutteridge, Ralph Hoyte, Sally Kidall, Caroline Sharp, Amanda Wallwork, Christina White.

If you missed some of our venues last year, now’s your chance to visit us in Wiltshire!

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SALLY KIDALL’S_Westdown/Asham Quarry Installation

Westdown/Asham Quarry nr Chantry, Somerset, UK

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 “Lest We Forget: is enough enough?”
Sally Kidall 2015
Materials: timber chairs, plastic bags, fabric, soil, wheat seed, rocks, string, water

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This site-specific environmental installation consists of two large concentrically arranged circles of clear plastic bags placed comfortably within this post-industrial setting. The work is a contemporary interpretation of memorials and commemorative monuments and appears reminiscent to a prehistoric stone circle. The larger bags stand tall, each encasing a chair with a grass-growing seat. The larger circle will consist of 12 water filled, pyramid shaped, clear plastic structures. As the grass photosynthesises and the temperatures change, condensation forms and drip within the bags, creating a ghostly presents to the work. This installation changes over the course of its display as always with my work the outcome is inconclusive.

“The more we have the less we own.” Meister Eckhart
“Every increased possession loads us with new weariness” John Ruskin;

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Strode College Students visit Fairy Cave Quarry

A terrific day visiting Fairy Cave Quarry with a group of Strode College Foundation and Extended Diploma Art students. It was great to talk about site specific artwork, location and environment – out in the open, in the wind and the rain, experiencing contemporary art practice beyond the walls of a gallery. We then discussed the work in the Black Swan, had a cup of tea and headed back to the college in the minibus with lots of notes in sketchbooks and things to talk about.

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Looking for sites at Westdown/Asham and Fairy Cave Quarries

Artmusic was formed in 1999 to produce and promote collaborative work between artists working in different disciplines, and to create site-specific and participatory work.

For Step in Stone visual artist Rowena Pearce and I (composer, Helen Ottaway) are working in sculpture, found sound and music to produce ECHO a work reflecting the transformation through quarrying of smooth rock to scree.

At Westdown/Asham and Fairy Cave Quarry we were looking for suitable sites  – sloping areas with scree to place Rowena’s ‘stream of boulders’ and open spaces for trumpet performances.

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Possible site for ‘stream’ of boulders at Westdown/Asham Quarry

 

 

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Later, with Fiona, we took a few boulders and the trumpet to Fairy Cave Quarry.  The use of the trumpet is inspired by the idea of the ‘blast’ – a word used both for the process of quarrying and for the sound made by a trumpet.  But also by the shape of rugose coral fossils commonly found in limestone.  At Fairy Cave we came across a piece of half buried masonry very reminiscent of this shape and behind it a sloping area perfect for Rowena’s boulders.

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Playing around placing the trumpet on the stones made interesting shadows, reminisent of quarrying machinery – or is that just too fanciful……………

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……and looking around for high places to play from, I found that, surprisingly, I could get up to the top of this rock face – a great place for a trumpet blast.

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The day we visited fairy Cave was a gorgeous clear blue sunny day.  Step in Stone is a fantastic project which we are very happy to be part of and we’re very pleased to be off the starting blocks.

Helen Ottaway, Artmusic 14/06/2015