‘Surroundings’ is a 3 year programme of international artists residencies and exhibitions on environmental themes curated by Invisible Dust, produced by Humber Museums Partnership, and funded by Ambitions for Excellence from Arts Council England and Sustaining Excellence from Wellcome Trust. Bringing together artists and scientists to produce artworks that explore our environment, this year’s programme focuses on the theme of food. The next two years will focus on migration, biodiversity and landscape.
Surroundings 2017 Artists:
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.
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’ explores the region’s history of growing grain and producing flour for baking bread.
‘Rolling’ – a live performance explores dough as a live material, continually changing and growing. ‘Rolling’ (2017) was originally commissioned by Delfina Foundation and the Royal College of Art.
Ahilapalapa is a New Zealand artist-in residence at Sewerby Hall and Gardens Presented in collaboration with the Centre of Contemporary Art, CoCA, Christchurch.
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. Sarah Coe, scientist from the British Nutrition Foundation.