*Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to cancel our walking tour ‘Field Day’ planned for 3rd September. Huge apologies for any disappointment caused.
Bringing together artists and scientists to produce artworks that explore our environment, Surroundings 2017: We Are What We Eat looks at the impact of seasons on fruit and vegetable production by three artists; Gayle Chong Kwan, a site-specific artwork and choreography inspired by bread production by Laura Wilson in Hull, and an artwork at Sewerby Hall in East Riding by New Zealand artist, Ahilapalapa Rands.
The programme will include a series of performances, walks, talks, food tastings and exhibitions, including an event as part of Hull UK City of Culture on 7 October in the Hull Museums Quarter with artwork by all three artists. This year artist advisors include social scientist Lewis Holloway, Reader In Geography at the University of Hull, who has a specialist interest in sustainability, food, farming and the countryside.
Surroundings is produced by the Humber Museums Partnership (HMP), Hull, East Riding and North Lincolnshire in partnership with Invisible Dust. Launching in 2017 – the year of Hull City of Culture – the programme includes international public art commissions with an environmental theme, a young curator’s project, residencies and exhibitions. Each year has a different but interrelating theme – Food, Migration and Landscape respectively. It is funded by Arts Council England through Ambitions for Excellence and Wellcome Trust Sustaining Excellence.
2017 Events More Information:
Microclimate - 23 July – 5th November 2017, Normanby Hall and Gardens, Normanby Rd, Normanby, Scunthorpe, DN15 9HU
Microclimate is a new body of artwork by Gayle Chong Kwan, which explores the history of fruit and vegetables grown onsite and includes wider issues of food production, transportation and seasonality. Installations and photography will be shown in the potting sheds, glasshouses, and the library of Normanby Hall and will run from 23 July – 5th November 2017. (More on Gayle Chong Kwan below).
A wide range of 19th-century flowers, vegetables and trainer fruit varieties are grown using traditional organic techniques in the restored Victorian walled garden at Normanby. The gardens contain a vinery, fernery, peach case and display house, along with recreated working areas, including the head gardener’s office, bothy, potting shed and tool store.
Milling About by artist Laura Wilson – Saturday 7 October 2-4pm – and then exhibitions until December 2017, Museums Quarter and Hull East Riding Museum, Hull
Milling About is a new site-specific artwork by artist Laura Wilson exploring Hull and the East Riding’s history of growing grain and baking bread. Inspired by the archaeological collections in Hull and East Riding Museum, Wilson will work with archeologist Dr. Melanie Giles to explore the evolution of ancient grinding technologies and their affect on the human body. A performance developed with choreographer Lucy Suggate will be presented on 7 October in the Museums Quarter and a new video will be shown in the Hull and East Riding Museum.
Surroundings 2017 Showcase – Saturday 7 October 2pm-4pm - Museums quarter, Hull
Performance, exhibitions and readings by Surroundings artists and writers. Including Laura Wilson, Gayle Chong Kwan and visiting New Zealand artist Ahilapalapa Rands. Along with writer and poet John Wedgwood Clarke and Dave Windass.
Microclimate: sensory tasting banquet by Gayle Chong Kwan - Sunday 23 July
Gayle hosted a unique tasting experience for members of the public in the beautiful award-winning walled gardens at Normanby Hall in North Lincolnshire as part of our programme Surroundings with Humber Museums Partnership. It included tastings of food grown and prepared on-site, along with multi-sensory activities and experiences in and around the gardens.
Hull Rises with Laura Wilson – 29 July, 11am – 3pm, Western Library, 262-264 Boulevard, Hull HU3 3ED
A bread-making and creative writing workshop led by poet John Wedgwood Clarke for the Hull Rises project. Visitors came prepared to get floury!
These workshops explored what bread can tell us about who we are as individuals and as a society. Visitors came prepared to get floury, talk, write and share crust, crumb and word. John was joined by visual artist Laura Wilson, who is creating a new artwork inspired by bread making for Surroundings.
Surroundings is a Hull Museums Partnership project funded by Arts Council England through Ambitions for Excellence and Wellcome Trust Sustaining Excellence.
Laura Wilson, Fold and Stretch, 2016. Photo – Jules Lister
Humber Museums Partnership
The Humber Museums Partnership (HMP) consists of the museum services of Hull, North Lincolnshire and the East Riding. It was formed in 2014 to develop collaborative working for the purpose of delivering better services to the public. The three museum services of the Humber Museums Partnership hold extensive collections of art, archaeology, social history, rural history, maritime history and world cultures. We work together to promote the heritage of the Humber region and the wider world.
Humber Museums Partnership was awarded £547,400 through an Arts Council Ambition for Excellence for ‘Surroundings’. Launching in 2017 – the year of Hull City of Culture – the ‘Surroundings’ programme will include international public art commissions with an environmental theme, a young curator’s project, residencies and exhibitions.
Gayle Chong Kwan creates mise-en-scenes, fantastical landscapes, and environments, made out of disturbing arrangements of sensory waste, found materials and documentary sources. Her work explores myths, collective and contentious histories and the ambiguous relationship between reality, appropriation, fictional contemporary mechanisms, and latter day myths, to focus on the impact of contemporary developments in tourism, planning and urban development upon the landscape.
Laura Wilson is an artist based in London. She is interested in how history is carried and evolved through everyday materials, trades and craftsmanship. She works with specialists to develop sculptural and performative works that amplify the relationship between materiality, memory and tacit knowledge.
Wilson’s interdisciplinary and research-based works have been exhibited widely including at SPACE, London (2017); RIBA, London; Site Gallery, Sheffield; and SPACE, London (2016); Whitstable Biennial (2014); Camden Arts Centre, London and Turner Contemporary, Margate (2013); and W139, Amsterdam and De Warande, Turnhout, Belgium (2012). She is a current Syllabus II artist and was UK Associate Artist in residence at Delfina Foundation, London in 2016; and the recipient of the Winston Churchill Memorial Travel Fellowship in 2011.
John Wedgwood Clarke is a poet, lecturer and presenter of the BBC4 documentary Through the Lens of Larkin. His second poetry collection, Landfill, is published in September 2017.
Dr Melanie Giles is Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester.
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