Joanne and Tom are a collaborative partnership based in Glasgow.Their work looks at recent art history and popular culture and investigates the accepted (or expected) outcomes of contemporary art practice. The artists put forward a proposal to construct an ambitious land art structure at Grizedale, which had its roots in early minimalist land art projects. Unfortunately Grizedale are unable to implement their proposal at present due to cost implications and planning permission, but have kept the project in mind for the future.
Neil Bromwich explores a particular urban or rural environment through human interaction and often exaggerates elements of our relationship with nature. At Grizedale Neil was interested in local ghost stories and legend. He talked to local storytellers and liars. Through local liar Cliff Atkinson he uncovered the story of Kitty Dawson, a young girl in love with Jed Park, a charcoal burner from Rusland. Jed was struck by lightning and killed outside his burner's hut, and Kitty died of grief. Her ghost is said to sit on a boulder at night and weep. Neil made work around this story, and the result was Ghost, a video installation shown at night in the forest, projected into the trees.
Clio Barnard is an artist and filmmaker. Her work deals with the fluid relationships between fantasy and reality, imagination and the real world. At Grizedale Clio made a short film Flood with FilmFour Lab, which explores the themes of submerged memories and a buried past, on location.
One of this artist's interests lie in exploring the notion of 'natural': looking at us in our pursuit of nature and deliberating what is 'real' in this age of mass production and cloning. His project at Grizedale, Dark Days, followed the artist’s attempts to make a piece of work where the natural order of dawn and dusk are inverted, so controlling the environment of a cage of bred wild birds.
Artists Ben Sadler and Philip Duckworth work collaboratively as the juneau/projects on performance based works that incorporate technology, video and object based installations. They have participated in a number of Grizedale Arts shows and projects from 2001 to the present day (see Roadshow & Lawless). Their work usually utilises technology which records its own demise in some way, whether it be mobile phones miked up and set on fire whilst producing sweet melancholic tunes or microphones on sticks fed into a wood chipper, which again creates a visually spectacular sound performance. They have been known to turn their hand to performing a tune or two themselves, delighting crowds with their very own enthusiastic versions of Eminem and Miss Dynamite….
As part of the Nothing exhibition (2001) curated by Graham Gussin and Ele Carpenter, at the NGCA at Sunderland, Graham produced a billboard image that appeared in an urban space in Sunderland and a rural space at Grizedale.
juneau projects Mobile Command Unit Roadshow 2003
Jo Roberts’ work is predominantly about responding to a particular site and is often of an ephemeral nature. It evolves from a study of people, places and their interaction and often has a collaborative element.
One of her key interests is in the role of the artist in today’s society and how an artist operates within that society as an ‘activist’ and catalyst for discussion and debate. For Grizedale, Jo assume the role of a commentariographer, combining the advocacy of contemporary art with her project. ‘Jo’s Journeys’ documented a series of journeys that either started or finished at Grizedale and took her North, South, East and West in Cumbria. The routes and destinations were chosen by the people she met on route and by listeners to BBC Radio Cumbria. Jo called in to Radio Cumbria each day with an update of her journey and the people and events she met along the way. The journeys are documented in a book and on CD available from the Grizedale Arts office.
Justin is an up-and-coming artist based in Scotland. Nature occupies a central position in his work. He constructs objects that can act as human shelter. Previous projects include creating a camouflage suit based on details from rural landscape paintings. In Grizedale Justin plans to continue developing various types of multi-functional shelters and possibly a boat, specific to the Lakes.
Graham works in public art, sculpture, installation, photography, text and video. His work deals with the specifics of environment and how that environment shapes the culture within it. At Grizedale, Graham worked in collaboration with The Forestry Commission planting team on a new site specific piece of work in the forest and documented the process in a publication The Forest and the Forester (after Maeterlinck) and produced the book Botanica that outlines all of his work with trees and plants – both are available from the Grizedale Arts office.
Adam Chodzko uses video, photography and installation. At Grizedale he produced a. sign for Summerhill (artists residency base), a video work Plan for a Spell, supported by Film & Video Umberella and a Survival Flag multiple (that were utilised at the Great Escape in 2001). He also produced a billboard image Better Scenery, which cited directions of how to get to Turin, Italy whilst simultaneously in Turin there was a billboard citing directions to Grizedale.
Lorrice’s work looks at the institution and social expectations. It is work about people, their relationships with others, and their environment. At Grizedale Lorrice researched historical and contemporary rituals, focusing on dance and organised ‘A Lakeland Variety Show’ which incorporated traditional local folk dance, performance and special guests. Images from the research and event were produced as a billboard (Pageant, sited in the forest) and a publication available from the Grizedale Arts office.
Zoe’s work reacts to specific rural landscapes. Over the last few years she has worked within a remote Scottish island, Australian desert and classic English countryside context. She creates objects that suggest an escape route from the normality of our lives; however, on further examination it is clear that these objects would in fact fail to satisfy what they appear to promise. At Grizedale she produced two videos Foxgloves and Waterlilies which followed this line of investigation and were shown as part of the Grizedale Show, the Great Escape.
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