‘Surroundings’ is a 3 year programme 2017-2020 of international artists residencies and exhibitions on environmental themes curated by Invisible Dust, produced by the Humber Museums Partnership.
Bringing together artists and scientists to produce artworks that explore our environment in 16 Museums across Hull, East Riding and North Lincs. In 2018 our focus is on migration and climate change. In 2017 it was ‘We Are What We Eat’ on food and sustainability and in 2019 it will be biodiversity and landscape. Over the programme we expect these important themes to inform one another and overlap through the artists work and education events. It is funded by an Ambitions for Excellence grant from Arts Council England and Sustaining Excellence grant from the Wellcome Trust.
In 2018 for our Migration theme we are working with York Mediale to co commission an artist to present work in both York and Hull. York is the 2018 UNESCO Media City and the new Mediale exhibiting extraordinary digital art takes place from 27.09.18 – 06.10.18. We are also developing a new project with a Ghana based artist. More details to follow.
Surroundings 2018 first event:
Ahilapalapa Rands part of ‘We Are What We Eat’
Public Artist Cook Book Launch on 25th March 2018,at Sewerby Hall, Bridlington East Riding.
Ahilapalapa is a New Zealand artist-in residence at Sewerby Hall and Gardens, presented in collaboration with the Centre of Contemporary Art, CoCA, Christchurch.
Ahilapalapa’s ‘The Cookbook Project’ will combine local contemporary and historical recipes into a collaborative publication that will look through the lens of cooking and archiving to explore how our relationship to food and food culture has changed over time. It is the final artist project for We Are What We Eat.
To have your recipe included in the book, send your submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We Are What We Eat, Surroundings artists in 2017
‘Milling About’ explores the region’s history of growing grain and producing flour for baking bread. It was on display in the Hull and East Riding Museum, Hull from October till December 2017.
‘Rolling’ – a live performance exploring dough as a live material, continually changing and growing. ‘Rolling’ (2017) was originally commissioned by Delfina Foundation and the Royal College of Art and was featured in the Surroundings showcase in the Hull Museums Quarter on the 7th October at the Hull and East Riding Museum.
‘Microclimate’ was 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 were shown in the potting sheds, glasshouses, and the library of Normanby Hall, Scunthorpe, North Lincs from July till November
Gayle Chong Kwan’s site specific work drew from the 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.
The 2017 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.