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Working the Land: Art, Landscape and the Everton Meadows

Wednesday 23rd October, 2013, 6.30 – 8pm

Working the Land: Art, Landscape and the Everton Meadows
Wednesday 23rd October, 2013
6.30 – 8pm (bar open from 6pm)
Capstone Theatre, Liverpool Hope University

Free - click here to book a ticket.

In Certain Places, in association with Liverpool Hope University, are proud to present an evening with artist Rebecca Chesney, in conversation with Dr. Rosemary Shirley, lecturer in Art History at Manchester Metropolitan University.

The event, which is the first in the Practising Place programme, marks the launch of I’m Blue, You’re Yellow – a new limited-edition publication, which documents the two acres of meadow planted by Rebecca Chesney as an artwork in Everton Park. Drawing on examples from the project, as well as Rebecca’s wider practice, the speakers will examine popular perceptions of the landscape, and discuss the ways in which artists engage with, and reveal, the political, cultural and economic processes through which it is produced.

As well as the opportunity to contribute to the discussion, members of the audience will also receive a free copy of I’m Blue, You’re Yellow which, alongside photographs of the meadows, includes a forward by Richard Scott, Senior Ecologist at Landlife – the organisation which commissioned the project; and essays by Dr. Colm Bowe, Lecturer in Plant and Environmental Science at Liverpool John Moores University, and In Certain Places Curator Elaine Speight.

About the speakers:
Rebecca Chesney

Rebecca’s practice examines our complex relationship with the natural world, by engaging with issues of culture, politics and power. Her artworks, which take the form of installations, films, interventions, drawings, maps and walks, are often created in response to specific places, and are underpinned by environmental research. Recent projects include Still in silence (2013) at the Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, Nirox Foundation residency (2013), Hope’s Whisper (2012) at the Bronte Parsonage Museum, and Diligent Observation at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2011).

Dr. Rosemary Shirley
Rosemary’s research centres on everyday life and visual culture, with a particular emphasis on contemporary rural contexts. She is interested in how the English landscape might be explored through notions of national identity and discourses of modernity. This has led her to write about topics as diverse as litter, motorways, folk customs and scrapbooks. She is also interested in how contemporary artists engage with landscape as a place that is lived in rather than simply looked at or visited.

About Practising Place
Practising Place is a new two-year programme of talks, debates and symposia, designed to examine the relationship between art practice and place. Each event will be hosted at a different venue in the North of England, and will explore a specific aspect of place by bringing artists together with other experts and enthusiasts from their particular fields of interest. Practising Place forms part of the In Certain Places project, which is based at the University of Central Lancashire and funded by the Arts Council of England.

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