FarmArt: An Exhibition at Duke's Auctioneer's, Dorchester from 4th - 31st August 2016

Duke’s Auctioneers are delighted to showcase the explorations of three artists who have recently undertaken Rural Artist Residencies in the South West, commissioned and managed by Cape Farewell and The Arts Development Company, Dorset.

In 2013, artist Chris Drury and poet-novelist Kay Syrad worked alongside three Dorset farms - ‘Exchange’ a hand-made book nearly 60cm tall and bound in cowhide, is the result of this two-year collaboration. Combining Drury’s artwork and Syrad’s prose and poetry, the book contains the stories of the farmers, and connects materially to the land, with images of local wild plants monoprinted on paper that was buried in Dorset ground for almost a year.

The second residency asked ‘How do we feed the planet, without it costing the earth?’ and culminated in political ecologist Nessie Reid living with two pure-bred Guernsey cows for five days in the centre of Bristol. ‘The Milking Parlour’ show sought to explore the current state of UK farming; its major role in biodiversity loss and climate change. This provocative and live show asked us to question what we put into our shopping baskets – and bodies - and how it impacts on all our futures. It attracted thousands of visitors each day, and garnered major press interest, from BBC News to the Jeremy Vine show. This exhibition at Duke’s will bring the results of the show; a documentary film, audio installation, photographs and community feedback to a wider South West audience. 

The two exhibitions were shown at Duke’s Auctioneers from 4th - 31st August, free and open to all.

In collaboration with Little Toller Books , 'EXCHANGE' was available to buy in paperback at Duke’s Auctioneers.

Dates for your diaries!

4th August -    Exhibition Launch and a talk from the artist Nessie Reid, with wine and snacks, 5.30pm - 7.30pm

9th August -  Artist talk from acclaimed land artist Chris Drury and celebrated writer Kay Syrad, 3pm-4pm

10th August -   Children’s Workshops: POP UP LANDSCAPE (£5, booking essential, concessions available), 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm

Produce a beautiful Dorset chalk grassland using pop up and chalk paint with the artist Sarah Butterworth. Participants will learn the basics of making pop up, and then get their hands mucky grinding and mixing chalk into paint, producing beautiful pop up flowers and trees that then pop up! It's messy work using food colouring that can stain so bring along aprons and old clothes.

11th August  - Farmer’s Question Time, 6 – 8pm

Exchange your views and thoughts about the food you eat, the environment you live in and the future of our farming industry. Come and ask Dorset farmers the questions you've always wanted to ask. Free but booking essential.

To book your places on the Children's Workshops, Artist talks or Farmers Question time please call Katie at The Arts Development Company – 01305 224936