AboutAn evening event as part of Contemporary Arts in Dorchester Abbey (CADA) and Dorchester-on-Thames Festival, with participating artists Beth Collar, Una Knox, Holly Slingsby, Patrick Staff and Jessica Warboys
Bank holiday Monday 6th May 2013
Doors at 7pm, performances will begin 7.30 - 8.30pm
(Visitors are encouraged to arrive before 7.30pm to explore the Abbey and grounds in which works are situated)
Dorchester Abbey, High St, Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 7HH
Tickets £5 on the door or from www.dorchesterfestival.com/events/contemporary-art/
Combining performance, video and sculpture, Beth Collar, Una Knox, Holly Slingsby, Patrick Staff and Jessica Warboys are producing new works specifically for this one-off event.
Acknowledging the relevant interests of each artist, the context of the medieval Abbey which dates back to 1140, as well as the time of year, Lore of the Land will draw on notions of history, tradition, storytelling, legends, myth, nature, landscape, belief and folklore.
The pipe organ was the most advanced machine of any given town or village for hundreds of years, requiring a knowledge of various disciplines to assemble and maintain. Choosing to incorporate the rich history of the organ in her work, Una Knox will be presenting a performance and video that explores the intersection of science and mystical faith.
Jessica Warboys will make a series of new sculptures, to be exhibited in the herb garden of the Abbey grounds. Developed from sculptures featured in her previous films including Pageant Roll, 2012, commissioned for dOCUMENTA (13), the objects will be made from wood, glass, and ceramics.
Beth Collar, Patrick Staff and Holly Slingsby are all developing new performance works, each exploring a different historical and physical aspect of the space. Now no longer obtainable from English mines, Alabaster is a material bound to the depiction of the dead in European tomb art. Collar's performance will take the Alabaster effigy in the Abbey as a conversation partner. Referencing the myth and legend of the May Queen and the Green Man, a transcendental moment forms the basis of Slingsby's performance. Staff will be working with a dancer on a piece incorporating a shared dialogue between the making and material of religious iconography, in relation to the global exchange of scrap metal and its theft.
Curated by Holly Slingsby and Matilda Strang.
Free return coach travel between London and Dorchester will be provided. Places are limited so please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org before 10th April.
Nearest train stations: Oxford and Didcot
Buses: X39 from Oxford alighting at Dorchester bypass
About the artists:
Beth Collar b.1984. Exhibitions include the Whitechapel Open, 2012; The Drawing Room, London 2012; New Contemporaries 2008 and a residency and solo exhibition at The Woodmill, London, 2012.
Una Knox b.1980. Exhibitions include: V&A, 2013; Whitechapel Gallery,2012; Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, 2012; Or Gallery, Vancouver, 2012; Cell Projects, London, 2011 and New Contemporaries, 2009.
Patrick Staff, b. 1987. Exhibitions and performances include International Project Space, Birmingham 2013; the Tanks at Tate Modern, 2012; Whitstable Biennial, 2012; Monte Vista, Los Angeles, 2012 and RADAR, Loughborough, 2011. Staff was an Associate Artist at LUX, London, in 2010.
Jessica Warboys b. 1977. Exhibitions include: Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2013; S1 Artspace, Sheffield, 2012; Bielefelder Kunstverein, 2012; dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel 2012; Cell Project Space, London, 2011; Le Magasin, Grenoble, 2011 and South London Gallery, London, 2010.
Holly Slingsby b. 1983. Exhibitions include a solo show at SHIFT, London, 2012; and performances at ICA, London, 2012; Barbican, London, 2011 and Modern Art Oxford, 2010.