Date posted: 16.02.18

Test Sites: Assembly & Exhibition

22nd March - 12th May 2018, Arts Catalyst, Kings Cross, London

Test Sites: Assembly is an exhibition and co-inquiry asking how we can respond collectively to social and environmental challenges.

People from art, science, academia, activism and various communities coming together to explore methodologies for developing cross-disciplinary research and building community resilience. This ambitious two-month programme introduces and opens up Test Sites, Arts Catalyst’s ongoing programme of environmental co-inquiries around the UK.

An exhibition of works-in-progress by Test Sites artists Ruth Levene and Neal White will be shown at Arts Catalyst’s Centre, drawing on their research in the Calder Valley and Poole Harbour. Ruth Levene presents Working Waters, an installation of maps, videos and models created from her investigations into the flows and stewardship of water in the Calder Valley. Meanwhile, Neal White presents Brownsea: An Imaginary Island (An Island of the Imaginary), comprising a vivarium containing fauna and flora of an island in Poole Harbour alongside an archive of local knowledge, interrupted by industrial frequencies.

The Assembly programme that sits alongside the works - progress will introduce and focus on key issues, concepts and methodologies in a format that blurs the divides between expert and non-expert, those who make decisions and those who are affected by them. We will explore a set of approaches that include active citizenship, planetary commoning practices, co-inquiry processes, and collective governance and policy making, as well as making tactical use of concepts such as the negative commons.

More details about the Assembly here

More Information about Test Sites here

Date posted: 28.09.17

The Connected City

September 2017 - March 2018, In Certain Places, Preston

The Connected City is a programme of creative activities and collaborative artworks focused on places involved in the City Deal – a £430m, 10-year infrastructure scheme that aims to deliver new jobs and housing to the centre and peripheries of Preston. Collaborating artists Ian Nesbitt and Ruth Levene will draw on their research they undertook during last years Expanded City programme to make a new work that considers the economically driven expansion of the city and making room for the ‘spiritual’ and ‘ritual’, as well as ‘bureaucratic’ and ‘metric’ ways of connecting with and understanding place.

More information at In Certain Places

More Information on The Expanded City

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Date posted: 23.11.17

Precarious Landscape

09:30 – 15:00 Friday 8th December 2017. Collection & drop off at Preston Station.

A morning of exploration and discussion about 'changing and precarious landscape'. Following their five-day walk around the metropolitan boundary of Preston last year to observe and gather information of the landscape around the city's edges, Ruth and Ian are looking to broaden and deepen their understanding by seeking the experiences and knowledge of others. The event will take participants on a coach to locations on the western bounds of Preston and include readings, discussion points, conversation and lunch.

To book onto the event click here.

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Date posted: 09.08.17

Abandon Normal Devices Festival

Thu 21 – Sun 24 September 2017, Castleton, Peak District National Park (UK)

Abandon Normal Devices (AND) is a roving biennial of new cinema, digital culture and art, over four days the festival will see a host of site-specific installations, world premieres and performances take-over the village of Castleton.

Part of the AND festival Site Gallery presents Formation with artists Rose Butler, Ruth Levene, Victoria Lucas and Ian Nesbitt the works which all take a double look at the mythologies of landscape and the industrial infrastructures which transform them into human use. The works question notions of beauty and sustainability and the durability of systems we have come to rely on.

More information at Abandon Normal Devices and Site Gallery

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Date posted: 05.06.17

Everything Flows

7th June - 3rd September 2017, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

Everything Flows brings together work by emerging and established Sheffield-based artists working with painting, sculpture, video, photography and sound. The works are each united, in different ways, by a sense of ‘flow’, from choreographed movement and kinetic motion, through to the fluctuations of narrative, and the movement of international finance and migration.

Curated by Jeanine Griffin, the exhibition includes work by Paul Barlow, Rose Butler, Joseph Cutts, Natalie Finnemore, Ruth Levene, Victoria Lucas, Peter Martin, and Ryan Mosley.

More information at Millennium Gallery Sheffield

Image © John Hartley, courtesy Museums Sheffield.

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Date posted: 04.06.17

Test Sites: Arts Catalyst

Research; Calder/Hebble Navigation, Summer 2017

Test Sites is Arts Catalyst’s series of inquiries into matters of concern connected with environmental change – such as flooding, pollution, and species loss – and their impact on local culture, and ecology. At each site, we are inviting local people and groups to be part of art-led co-inquiries, working with artists, scientists, and other experts.

In collaboration with Canal & River Trust, Ruth and Arts Catalyst will make two initial research journeys by narrowboat along the Calder/Hebble navigation, meeting local people, river/canal users and experts with interests in water (ecologists, fishermen, canoeists, etc), the history of the river and canal, water stewardship.

More Information here

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Date posted: 28.05.17

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival

10th June - 2nd July 2017, Hebden Bridge Town Hall

As part of the water themed festival, Ruth will be exhibiting Hidden Waters, a series of digital prints and etchings mapping the river networks and buried water and sewage infrastructure in the UK. In the basement, alongside the fading flood marks, will be Our Waters, a video work that reflects on the state of our urban water infrastructure system and The Water Cycle, a video work and poster and series of interviews with academics exploring the social, economic, political & environmental interactions we have with water systems.

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival website

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Date posted: 15.05.17

Talk and Communal Meal

6pm, Thursday 25th May, 2017, Bridport Arts Centre, Dorset

As a part of the Cape Farewell exhibition FarmArt join us for a talk and discussion hosted by Laura Williams with artists Anne-Marie Culhane and Ruth Levene about A Field of Wheat. This will be followed by a communal, homemade meal with bread made from the wheat grown during the project. The exhibition will be especially opened before the event.

Click here for more information

or call the Box Office on 01308 424 204 to buy tickets

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Date posted: 15.05.17

Cape Farewell

22 April 2017 – 3 June 2017, Bridport Arts Centre, Dorset

A Field of Wheat will be exhibited alongside two projects that were commissioned by The Arts Development Company and Cape Farewell that matched artists with farmers to examine our relationship with food, farming and the wider environment. EXCHANGE, by artist Chris Drury & poet-novelist Kay Syrad and contributing West Dorset farmers. Bristol based Project ‘The Milking Parlour’ by artist Vanessa Reid.

More information here

Date posted: 14.05.17

New Horizons, Victor Westerholm in the Archipelago

8th of May – 31st of Aug 2017, Skärgårdscentrum Korpoström, Finland

Inertial Frame, 2009 will be exhibit alongside Finnish contemporary artists and one of Finland’s foremost landscape painters Victor Westerholm (1860-1919). The works on show in the exhibition depict the archipelago islands on the south west of Finland. Inertial Frame was filmed between the islands of Pargas and Nauvo during a two month residency in Turku, Finland.

Skärgårdscentrum Korpoström website

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Date posted: 01.03.17

Radio 4 - On Your Farm

Online Podcast

Radio 4's Farming Today, On Your Farm series produced a show about A Field of Wheat.

"Agriculture in Britain is a pretty lonely business these days. Many farming businesses are run by one man or woman who hires in contractors for the big jobs. In Lincolnshire Peter Lundgren has solved that problem by finding forty-two people to share a year in the life of a twenty acre field of wheat.

In an experiment in social art The Field of Wheat collective invited interested individuals from around the world to pay their share of the cost of seeding the field and then allowed them to share in making some of the decisions about the field and its crop".

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Date posted: 28.02.17

On The Ground

20th January - 18th March 2017 Perth Museum and Art Gallery, Scotland

Curated by Perthshire artist Su Grierson, this video art explores performance  in landscape, showcasing art’s ability to lead us to more complicated and abstract ideas of ‘place’.  Features Henry Coombes, Ruth Levene, Christopher MacInnes, Sam Spreckley, Emma Weislander, Adam Chienjo, Kyra Clegg and Su Grierson

More information here

Video taster here

Date posted: 28.02.17

ReROOTed, Hull Time Based Arts

24th - 26th March 2017, Humber Street Gallery, Hull Hull City of Culture

ReROOTed, a two-day takeover of Hull’s newest contemporary arts space, combines interventions, performances, installations and conversations, reflecting on the legacy of the former commissioning agency, Hull Time Based Arts (HTBA) and 10 years of the Running Out Of Time (ROOT) Festival.

Featuring new commissions and existing work by more than 25 international artists, it is a celebration of the past and present, encouraging us to question our capacity for change and the possibilities that sprout as we re-root, transplant and grow.

The festival is completely free to attend, so drop in for a weekend of disruption, debate and chaos.

More information here

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