Chris Drury and Kay Syrad
Fine Foundation Gallery, Durlston Castle, Swanage. Saturday 15th August - Tuesday 1st September 2015, 11am - 5pm
As part of Cape Farewell's Rural Residency Programme, renowned land artist Chris Drury and novelist, poet and freelance writer Kay Syrad spent a year working alongside three Dorset Farms. The results of this collaboration will be shown for the first time at the Durlston Castle Gallery from August to September.
Exploring issues around sustainable living and organic farming, the exhibition will include maps, portraits, drawings, prints and the 'Exchange' book - a hand-made book nearly 60cm tall and bound in cowhide.
Containing the stories of the farmers, the book connects materially to the land, with images of local wild plants monoprinted on paper that was buried in Dorset ground for almost a year. Combining Drury’s artwork and Syrad’s prose and poetry, it is a sensitive and authentic portrait of a group of men and women whose life and livelihoods are shaped by the land, and a rich exploration of their work, the soil, and the sustainability of their farming. With its focus on a very particular landscape, the book reveals to us the creativity and resilience of organic farming, and shows just how much we all need to value the complexities of food production and our long-term relationship with the land.
‘Exchange’ will be accompanied by a series of public workshops, artist talks and a ‘Farewell Feast’ event - we will keep you posted and look forward to seeing you there!