Hidden Treasures

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The joy of working for amazing cultural organisations and doing site specific projects is you never know quite what to expect.

It's not just about having the right skills to do the job, but you often have to think outside the box, understand the environment you are working in, and given that the work may well be in a location of heritage or protected status, you need to be sympathetic to the materials and buildings around you.

This was a lovely project we did for Meadow Arts as part of their Synthetic Landscape exhibition, based in the listed walled garden of Weston Park near Telford, where we project managed, designed and built the install.

The project got the permission to open the old bothies to the public for the first time, where artists were going to install works. 

A bothy was a term for basic accommodation, usually for gardeners or other workers on an estate. 

The wealth of the estate back in it's time is hard to comprehend. The wall of the garden was double lined, where furnace rooms were built to heat the wall up in order to keep the pineapple house warm on the other side!

The remit was to provide power to these buildings, which would have artworks installed for 3 months, but also to make the space appear as undisturbed as when we first found them. 

This, therefore, required negotiating between cobwebs and bat droppings, leaky roof and walls, and platters of crumbling plaster all around. It had to be safe, so using waterproof IP65 sockets and switches. Also, the space was going to be managed by the estate staff, so had to be simple to shut down and switch back on each day without failure.

Of course I can never stop myself from exploring these special sites, and with full access to behind the scenes, I was so pleased to discover old damaged artefacts left abandoned until money and time could decide what to do with.

And the final product was rather pleasant I think. 

Heather & Ivan Morison - Untitled (If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?)
Helen Maurer - Recomposing

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Here I Belong | Pentabus Theatre | 2018
Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre | Storyhouse

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