Blog - September 2009

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Fri 25th Sep 09 SEAS Festival - (24th Sept - 3rd Oct)

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A new SEAS Festival Programme is now available. The festival begins on 24th September and it has a range of events, installations and social events offering something for everyone. Go to Cultivatewebsite to find out more and to register for the festival or click here for the latest festival programme.
Highlights include The Kiss and Waste Project,Monday in the Sun, Beer Tourist, Nightscene and many more.

Lunchtime Café Cityscape discussions with international guests and SEAS artists, plus DJ Dogus Bitecik from Turkey headlining at the SEAS Club for late night sounds.

Special midweek accommodation deals available at Butlins.

Further information visit:

Location: Skegness

Fri 11th Sep 09 Wirksworth Festival 11-26th September



Wirksworth Festival 11-26 September

Wirksworth Festival’s Art & Architecture Trail this weekend (12 & 13 September) brings an ambitious and exhilarating mix of cutting edge contemporary art, music, crafts and performance to fill every space in the town.


Modernism and Architecture, Illumination and Animation are the focus for visual arts. Using traditional and new media, there is an emphasis on contemporary art in public spaces. As dusk falls lightworks and illuminated work in shop windows will bring work excitingly to life. Derbyshire artist Charles Monkhouse makes spectacular lightworks, and his Market Square Horizon installation consists of 360 lights fixed to buildings surrounding the square. Video work includes the vibrantly colourful Spatial Weaves video by Martyn Blundell, which will be projected onto a gable end in the Market Place, alternating with video work by Lorenzo Madge.

An illuminated shed of lightworks by Nottingham based artist Raphael Daden will occupy the Memorial Gardens, and shop windows all over town will be displaying new illuminated works specially commissioned by the Festival from rising young East Midlands artists. Michael Branthwaite has made a radical Modernist intervention to a field barn at the National Stone Centre.


With over 100 artists exhibiting, there will be new and exciting things to see in every corner of the town this weekend. Private homes of every shape and size, churches, gardens, and streets will be filled with art.


Main Galleries will be open throughout the Festival period, showing new, specially commisioned or curated work. They include the large gallery space of Newbridge Works where Matthew Houlding will be exhibiting architectural models of imaginary Modernist Utopian buildings, alongside work from emerging new artists, the best of the Fine Art graduates from across the region. Also in Newbridge will be a retrospective of work by local artist Peter Hoon, who died last year. The new Carpet Shop Gallery on St John’s Street will show Alec Finlay’s ongoing project word-mapping the Peak District alongside Maxine Hall’s photos of local people taken last year. In the Parish Room Ben Cove will be showing recent work ranging through sculpture and painting to video installation, and new graduates from Nottingham Trent University Decorative Arts programme will be exhibiting work that includes millinery, glass, porcelain, ceramics, fabrics and wall-coverings.


St Mary’s Church has Glossop-artist Ghislaine Howard’s powerful paintings, while at the Heritage Centre Kate Genver celebrates the skill and ingenuity of Derbyshire farmers with a body of work investigating homemade tools and technologies.


The Makers’ Market crammed with lucious covetable craftworks returns to the Town Hall and the Memorial Hall, accompanied this year by a specially-selected exhibition of contemporary ironworks.


There’s a performance programme to rock your socks off running throughout the Festival, and a second weekend of guided art walks and artist talks.


Full programme and online box office on the Festival website, or enquiries to the office on 01629 824003

Thu 3rd Sep 09 @ 11am Fleur de Sel


image © steve messam 2009 from an original engraving in the Cumbria Archive, Kendal Library

Fleur de Sel

Ullswater, Glenridding, Cumbria. UK
3rd - 6th September 2009

You are cordially invited by the artists Hannah Stewart and Steve Messam to preview ‘Fleur de Sel’ - an installation on Ullswater, the Lake District, UK.
3rd September 2009 from 11am - 12.30pm
Jenkin's Field (next to Ullswater Steamer Pier), Glenridding, Cumbria.

Fleur de Sel will officially be launched by Richard Leafe, Chief Executive, the Lake District National Park Authority

Light refreshments will be served.

Boats will be available to see the artwork from the water .

R.S.V.P. to:
Sandra Wood
01539 825006

Fleur de Sel:

Fleur de Sel is an installation of large pure white forms floating on the water of Ullswater in the Lake District, created by rural artistsSteve Messam and Hannah Stewart. The title, Fleur de Sel, reflects the delicate light salt crystals, which can be skimmed off the surface of seawater and references Venice’s earliest industry. Each form is made from silk and lace parasols and are in various stages of apparent decay. The line of forms creates a visual and theoretical line through the heart of the Lake District to Venice where the piece was premiered at the Venice Biennale.
The forms are inspired by a very English view of Venice - that of the Grand Tour where the parasol becomes an icon of the need to protect the delicate English complexion from the sun and an important marker of cultural identity. Venice and Cumbria share a number of points of community - their role in the birth of ‘tourism’ and their association with water and its industries.
Victorian art and architecture critic John Ruskin lived at Brantwood in the Lake District for many years. During that time he made numerous trips to Venice - the subject of his seminal work ‘The Stones of Venice’. In it Ruskin is inspired not only by the architecture of Venice, but also in the way that it decays. It is this beauty in decay which Fleur de Sel celebrates - from an almost solid ball of pure white parasols through a series of states of decay where the forms take on more flower-like appearances.
The piece can also be seen as a metaphor for the preservation of its environments - salt being one of the earliest forms of preservation. Both the Lake District and Venice are delicate balances between tourism and preservation with similar tensions between them.
Fleur de Sel celebrates 60 years of the National Parks, challenging conceptions around design and architecture in this culturally significant landscape and highlights the role that local art and culture have played in the preservation and evolution of the environment for future generations.

For more details see:


Location: Jenkin's Field

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