Space for imagining
a hands-on creative workshop at a site in the woods
In the landscape, artwork becomes a partnership between nature, the elements, people, space and time. ‘Space for Imagining’ will bring a huge, old oak tree into a piece that provokes thought and conversations – not just about trees, but about the interconnected systems of nature and an interplay of wonder, discussion and action at a time when change is happening fast. We will begin with a brief presentation of our work, which spans poetry, photography and land art, and share our process of conveying a sense of place through walking, camping, conversation and active research. Then we’ll lead a short walk in Aller Park to an installation that draws on one of the pieces created during The Long View project and has been adapted to suit this site. Join us to encounter a magnificent tree shading a set of seven books, suspended in mid-air, each wrapped in cloth, retitled, and containing a living sapling. This artwork spins in the present but brings together past and future, with the saplings floating between the two; knowledge, history and the earth as compost, the space around and beyond as a trigger for contemplations and response. We’ll invite consideration of issues ranging from spiritual connections with trees to UK policies on trees and forestry, from the role of walking in art, to climate change. Bring your own ideas and share them in an interactive, conversational workshop – and you’ll also have a chance to make your own piece of visual, poetic art with materials provided.
Thursday June 20, 15.30 – 18.00