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House of Ferment at the V & Museum until Oct 20 2019

Just a short while is left to catch the wondrous House of Ferment in its latest showing, my collaboration with Grizedale Arts. Originally commissioned by Science Gallery London (shout out to Rebecca Heald) this piece has been all around the world (nearly), gathering scobies, mothers, grandmas' pickles and much more besides. I've had a lot of brilliant people working on the project, including Kasia Garapich, Niamh Riordan and Francesca Ulivi (pictured here with me at Preston's Harris Museum in 2016).
At the V & A it's sadly a little 'un-live' with only a few jars of sealed ferments allowed to penetrate the hallowed space, but it's part of a nevertheless inspiring food and eating extravaganza blockbuster show, FOOD: Bigger Than the Plate, at London's Victoria & Albert Museum.

The curators May Rosenthal and Catherine Flood have been a joy, and we have all managed to keep a straight face in some very long H & S meetings about exploding pickle risk assessments.

Tickets and information here. Closes Oct 20th.

A nice sideshoot of the project was meeting the brilliant Itamar Srulovich & Sarit Packer and being recorded for their Honey & Co podcast, on a panel with some very interesting people I'd have liked to spend a lot more time with, Michael Rakowitz & Jasleen Kaur.

You can listen / subscribe here.

Prospecting One More Time

We managed to squeeze in another trip to Eddington, the 'new' Cambridge University suburb where we have been working for nearly 7 years now. PROSPECTION is a 25-year project where we make an annual pilgrimage there, recording what we experience as a gift to the archaeologists and anthropologists of the future.

Me with Ray Mowat of Lakeland Carers, my co-presenter at the event

Talking about See Beyond Stroke

I was recently awarded an A-N Bursary to fund my attendance at the 2nd Aesop Arts & Health Showcase in London, and present a talk about our See Beyond Stroke training & outreach work we've been doing with our latest film, The Closer We Get. What I liked about Aesop's approach was that they insisted on presenting with a 'service user' or beneficiary of your project, and so I approached Ray Mowat, of Lakeland Carers who was happy to come and talk about how his staff had learned from our film.

You can read my report on the event here.

A new short film about our 2014 Cambridge University commission, 'Tomorrow, Today' edited by Neil Lenthall

Nice Wee Film

We spent a day a while ago with our new-to-us editor Neil Lenthall making this short from previously unseen footage of our 2014 public art commission at North West Cambridge (now christened 'Eddington', and inhabited by actual people and buildings too).

Enjoy and share!

LONDON SCREENING - March 20th

We're delighted to have a rare London cinema screening of our latest doc, 'The Closer We Get'' coming up on Tuesday March 20th at 18.15 at:
Curzon Goldsmiths
Richard Hoggart Building,
Lewisham Way, London SE14 6NW

Nina and or myself will also be at the screening for a Q & A afterwards.

Details for booking tickets are here.

Hope you can make it!

The Land We Live In - The Land We Left Behind

We're excited to have work in this epic new Grizedale Arts'-curated survey of the rural, opening at Hauser & Wirth Somerset on January 20 2018 (where Karen was artist-in-residence a few years ago).

'The Land We Live In - The Land We Left Behind'

January 20 - May 8

Hauser & Wirth Somerset
Durslade Farm
Dropping Lane, Bruton
Somerset BA10 0NL

More information here

The Dream Team - a rare meet-up in person in Glasgow

What an A-Team

It's with a heavy heart we say bye bye (temporarily we hope) to the inimitable Sally Hodgson & Jen Skinner (L and R with me in this pic) who have worked with me on all the The Closer We Get distribution & outreach for over a year.

A HUGE thanks to both for putting in extraordinary committment, energy and focus an a number of big and very challenging impact initiatives: For 'See Beyond Stroke', they got training based on our film out to over 700 carers across the UK! They also managed the get me and the film in front of the UK Stroke Forum and a number of other big events.

If you'd like to know more about that side of what we do with the film, or would like to read the Impact Report we just finished on the impact of this work - do have a look here.

Peter Hodgson: Making, A Life

I've just made a short film with Maria Benjamin, about the life of the Lake District's best artist by a mile - Peter Hodgson, who - age 67 - has his first ever show opening tomorrow at the Coniston Institute!

The exhibition will include our new film and many other paintings and craft works by Peter and special collaborations with Grizedale Arts, which curated this special show, too.

Peter Hodgson: Making, A Life
Coniston Institute
Yewdale Road
Coniston LA21 8DU

Open Oct 28 - Nov 12 and touring thereafter to Castlefield (Manchester) and MIMA (Middlesborough)

Prospecting Again ...

\Pro*spec"tion\

(n.)The act of looking forward, of anticipation, of providing for future wants

Filming call out for September the 28th and 29th

Somewhere are very much looking forward to being back in North West Cambridge at the end of this week for our annual Prospection survey. NWC now has a new name of Eddington and some 'real residents' who we are hoping to meet - if you live there here's our call out for filming!

Dear New Eddington Residents,

We're two artists Nina Pope & Karen Guthrie (AKA Somewhere.org.uk) and we've been working with the dept. of Archaeology on the NWC public arts programme since its launch back in 2013.
Some of you might have encountered the first project we made on site - a mud model village - which is now gently returning to the landscape near the cricket field - It's called 'Tomorrow, Today'

As well as this sculptural project we have been working on an ambitious annual 2 day survey of the new development - this project is called Prospection. The project aims to follow the evolution of the new Eddington community from its (rather muddy!) inception and through the first 25 years. Each year we invite a team of 'prospectors' drawn from the arts, sociology and archaeology to visit the site for two days and to make records of the place and its people in any way they see fit. The archive of original records - analogue and digital - is collated each year and placed in a new 'finds box' which is deposited with Cambridgeshire Archives for anyone to access and study.

You can read more about it here and see some images from past surveys.

This Thursday and Friday we will be at Eddington for survey 03 (actually the 4th if you include our test run!) and we're very keen to meet some new residents.
Our work to date has been with the construction team and recording that stage of the project but it would be lovely now to introduce the first actual 'inhabitants'.

Each member of our small team records in different ways but Somewhere are committed to making a short film each year.
We tend to interview folk in a vox-pop style using a single question that captures the changes that year and then on the second day we follow one individual who is based on site for the day.

SO, we'd love to meet & film some of you while we're 'surveying' on Thursday and Friday this week - if you are interested in being part of this forward facing archive do get in touch with us here.
OR we will be at the temporary community centre (46 Ryle Yard) between 12-1 and 6-7 this Thursday the 28th of September.

Many thanks in advance and looking forward to meeting some of you!

Nina & Karen

Aerial view of the site, Photo c/o Skanska

Aerial image of the site September 2016, Image c/o Skanska

Illuminating Blackpool with The Closer We Get

I'm from a seaside town myself so I love an amusement arcade and a candy floss stall more than most. So we're chuffed to bits to have a screening coming up in the wondrous Blackpool:
6pm on Thursday Sept. 14th
Grand Theatre (Studio), 33 Church St, Blackpool FY1 1HT

Amazingly, it is a free event thanks to the enlightened Blackppol Council, and I'm also doing a Q & A afterwards and a couple of workshops with carers during the day.

You can book tickets via Eventbrite (free but limited) by going here.

Do share this about. Why not make a day of it and we can have fish and chips after ?!

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