Over the summer this year I will be working with Pavilion and their Follies of Youth.
Pavilion is commissioning three artists – Ruth Lyons, Giles Bailey and Amelia Crouch – to respond to three landscapes in Yorkshire; Byram Park (nr. Knottingley), Stapleton Park (nr. Pontefract) and Whitley Beaumont (nr. Huddersfield). The landscapes, attributed to C18th designer Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, are in varying states of ruination, cultivation and industrialisation. The artist productions, titled Mapping Exercises I-III, will be produced within the landscapes throughout 2014 and exhibited at The Calder – Hepworth Wakefield in 2015.
The three artists are collaborating with The Follies of Youth, a collective of practitioners – specialising in art history, museum studies, design and fine art – who are considering the ‘lost garden’ as a site of political potential. In 2013, The Follies of Youth produced the performance Pinatopia & Mount Folly with artist Harold Offeh at Temple Newsam.