Current Exhibition


Performances & Symposium
24 Aug 11am–5pm — £8

Film & Exhibition
7–8 Sept & 14–15 Sept
10am–4pm — Free Entry

Fieldwork has been made possible through public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Wirksworth’s Haarlem Artspace presents significant rural contemporary art event, Fieldwork — live performance, symposium, film & exhibition.

This Saturday 24th we are looking forward to our Fieldwork event where three site-specific performances are taking place directly in the landscape outside Haarlem Artspace.

These include: Fourthland’s Moon Scroll a performance piece inspired by the etymology of the word 'display', meaning 'to unravel / unfold' and summoning a deep listening to the voices of nature and our ancestors; David Steans will show a new site-specific performance involving fiction, narrative and scarecrows, blurring the lines between fiction and reality; Tazelaar Stevenson & Michael Page will deliver a performance combining analogue electronics and birdsong in dialogue, using microphones, hand-built synthesisers and effects to respond to and become part of the surrounding birdsong. No materials or structures will remain and nothing will be left behind.

A symposium with invited speakers and artists takes place in the afternoon in the same spaces (weather permitting) and inside the gallery. There will be lunch and a blackberry feast to finish. Invited speakers include writer Helen Jukes, landscape historian Mary Wiltshire, writer Glennie Kindred, poet Penny Newell, theologist Chris Thornhill along with curator Olivia Penrose Punnett and the featured artists. The conversation will be chaired by Haarlem Artspace Director, Catherine Rogers and cover themes of rurality, contemporary art, and our current environmental state.

We hope you can join us for an exploration of contemporary art, landscape, and the pertinent theme of rurality, to explore what this might mean, how we respond to it and where art sits within it today.