Meet The Artist: Simon English, land artist, England Revisited

20 Jul 2010

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Lanternhouse International

Cumbria, United Kingdom


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Cumbria Then and Now: Simon English gives his observations of 40 years of change in Cumbria


Celebrated land artist, Simon English, will give a public talk on how locations across Cumbria, which he visited and documented forty years ago, have changed over that time. In 1971, as a young artist, Simon made a remarkable journey to 75 places down the spine of England. At each point, he left a map and a short explanation that he was, in fact, writing the word ENGLAND from Cumbria to Southampton, using the land as his canvas. Simon photographed each place, collected plant samples, and talked to local people about what it was like living there for what became his iconic work, All England Sculpture. Almost 40 years later, he is returning to those places to see how the landscapes, ecologies, communities and industries from his original journey have changed over the past four decades. Simon set out on his journey from Lanternhouse on 10 July. After visiting ten places in Cumbria that represent the letter E in ENGLAND, Simon will return to Lanternhouse on 20 July to share his initial observations of 40 years of change in Cumbria. Simon English's England Revisited journey may be followed online at Taking around three months, his experience will exist online, and his records will be digitized as a tape-slide exhibition available for download by arts and community centres all over the country. England Revisited is the first project in The Re-Enchantment, a year-long programme of artists' commissions produced by leading arts company, artevents. More information is available at The Re-Enchantment is core funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation's pioneering Breakthrough Fund and supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, the Performing Rights Society for Music Foundation and the UK Film Council.

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