Katie Paterson, 'First There is a Mountain'

Katie Paterson, ‘First There is a Mountain’, 2019


31 March 2019, 15:00-17:00
Leysdown Main Beach, Leysdown-on-Sea, Isle of Sheppey
Free. For more information call 01227 824350
or info@whitstablebiennale.com

Join us for a special event to transform the beach into sand mountains as part of artist Katie Paterson's new participatory artwork First There is a Mountain.

First There is a Mountain invites the public to sculpt beaches into mountains of sand to form micro-geologies, using specially created 'bucket and spade' sets which are scale models of famous mountains: Mount Kilimanjaro (Africa), Mount Shasta (USA), Mount Fuji (Asia), Stromboli (Europe) and Uluru (Oceania). These sets will be available to use on the day.

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Artwork will tour to twenty-five high-profile venues and their local sandy beaches over British Summer Time 2019, for a series of one-off events, creating a time-based topographical map orchestrated against a backdrop of tidal times. Twenty-five new texts responding to each coastal location have been produced by celebrated writers, which will be read aloud at the start of each event.

First There is a Mountain connects diverse world mountains to the smallest grains of sand. It relates to deep time; holding the world's geography in your hands, and geology collapsing and connecting within your hands. Connecting the archipelago via one water, one tide, one sand; carrying mountains of sand across time.

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums and Creative Learning- Aberdeen City Council, An Lanntair, Artecology & Quay Arts at Hullabaloo, ATLAS Arts, Comar, Focal Point Gallery, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Grundy Art Gallery, MOSTYN, Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Scarborough Art Gallery, Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre, Tate St Ives, The Customs House, The Fruitmarket Gallery, The National Trust & The Atkinson, The National Trust & Berwick Visual Arts, The National Trust & CCA Derry-Londonderry, The National Trust at Studland Bay, The Pier Arts Centre, Tide and Time Museum, Turner Contemporary, Whitstable Biennale, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre.



Ackroyd & Harvey: Conversation on Conservation

Exhibition Talks

17 March 2016, 1pm
Ackroyd & Harvey in conversation with Professor Andrew Balmford (Conservation Science, Dept. of Zoology) and Anastasiya Timoshyna (Programme Leader, Medicinal Plants, TRAFFIC.). Themes: challenges and benefits of conservation, biodiversity loss, frontline field successes.
Booking needed: rsvp@conflictedseeds.com

24 March 2016, 1pm
Ackroyd & Harvey in conversation with David Gill (Programme Leader, Fauna & Flora International/Global Trees Campaign) and Dr. Tony Whitten (Regional Manager, SE Asia, Fauna & Flora International). Themes: why trees matter, interdependence of nature, diversity of wildlife and threats posed.
Booking needed: rsvp@conflictedseeds.com

7 April 2016, 1pm
Ackroyd & Harvey in conversation with Professor Rebecca Kilner (Evolutionary Biology, Department of Zoology) and Dr. Roz Wade (Interpretation and Learning, Museum of Zoology). Themes: natural selection, education and evolution, adaptation in a changing world.
Booking needed: rsvp@conflictedseeds.com

Exhibition Tours

12 March, 19 March, 2nd April 2016
All tours begin at 2pm.
Booking needed: rsvp@conflictedseeds.com

16 April 2016
Soapbox Saturday Event, 2pm

9 March – 17 April 2016
The David Attenborough Building
Wednesday – Sundays, 10am – 5pm

New Museums Site, University of Cambridge, CB2 3QZ
An art commission by the University of Cambridge

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Cambridge Science Festival, Ackroyd & Harvey, 'Conflicted Seeds + Spirits'

Cambridge Science Festival

Ackroyd & Harvey, 'Conflicted Seeds + Spirits', 9 March - 17 April, 2016
David Attenborough Building, New Museums Site, CB2 3QZ

Ackroyd & Harvey are internationally recognized artists acclaimed for time-based artworks that juxtapose nature and man-made structure; sculpture, photography, architecture, ecology and biology are disciplines that intersect in their work revealing an intrinsic bias towards process and event, often reflecting both scientific and environmental concerns.

In 2013, Ackroyd & Harvey were awarded a major public art commission by the University of Cambridge to explore and respond to research themes undertaken by the Department of Zoology and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. In 2016, they will realise a series of artworks, both permanent and temporary for the opening of the David Attenborough Building and its development as a ‘conservation campus’ on the New Museums Site.

In March 2016, Ackroyd & Harvey will present a temporary exhibition in the David Attenborough Building exploring ideas related to conservation of biodiversity, museum collection and human ecologies, building links between biology, conservation and human needs. The exhibition features photography, living plant specimens, film and projection.

Conflicted Seeds + Spirit acknowledges the history of the New Museums Site as original home to the Cambridge University Botanic Garden as a physic garden from the 18th century. A subtle interplay between unique elements draws on and amplifies the haunting strangeness of museum specimens preserved in alcoholic spirit, against the tender life-force of global tree saplings undergoing conservation programmes. It is a poignant study that reveals the risks at stake in our planetary crisis and the hope that can be found in the connectivity of conservation.

Stranded, the artists iconic 6m crystal encrusted whale skeleton will be a featured artwork in the exhibition.

A programme of ancillary events and talks supports the exhibition.

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