Category: Artist in Residence

Fermynwoods Bulletin: Issue 6


Our Summer 2012 bulletin features news of our current Artist in Residence, Tomoko Take; plus information on a forthcoming Solarplate Printmaking Workshop with Susie Turner.

Click on the image to read it in fullscreen mode.

You can also read all of our previous bulletins here or on Issuu here

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Best Art Project

FLOW has been short listed in the ‘Best Art Project’ category for the 2012 National Lottery Awards, and is one of two East Midlands projects to make the current shortlist of 10 projects nationally.


Blisworth Tunnel courtesy Jason Singh

For FLOW, Fermynwoods instigated Interchange; a fortnight of artistic activity and dialogue along the Grand Union Canal and River Nene, with artists Jo Roberts, Simon Woolham, David Littler and Jason Singh.

FLOW was a series of new site specific artworks that explored and responded to the journey of water throughout Northamptonshire focusing on different aspects of the county’s waterways, from its major canals and rivers, to its iconic water towers and reservoirs.

To vote for FLOW please call 0844 836 9675
or visit

Voting opens on 26th June and ends July 22nd.

The three projects in each category with the highest number of votes will go through to the final round of public voting later this summer.

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Nikki Pugh Residency

Following her residency with Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, Nikki Pugh has put together a comprehensive summary of her time with us including thoughts and images from walks around Corby, Brigstock and Gretton, plus a workshop with Gretton Primary School.

Nikki Pugh - Traces from Skylark Cafe

You can read it in full at

or in chapters at:

Gretton Primary Workshop

Brookfield Plantation walk with David Craddock

Fermyn Woods Walk

Corby Walk

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Interchange Day 3


After exploring Blisworth Tunnel ahead of David Littler and Jason Singh’s event on 23rd July, we captured a spontaneous performance by Simon Woolham as we saw daylight for the first time in 40 minutes.

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Interchange Day 2

BBC Radio Northampton are following our two weeks of artistic activity along the Grand Union Canal and river Nene.

Listen below to a recording of a broadcast from the drive time slot on Wednesday 13 July, recorded live on board our narrow boat Ebony, as we moored up in Stoke Bruerne and struggled to tune in.



Keep following BBC Radio Northampton for further coverage.

Click here to listen to the original broadcast
(between 35:25 – 38:07).

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Sonic Performance

23 July, 6-8pm
Blisworth Tunnel, Grand Union Canal, between Stoke Bruerne and Blisworth

As part of Interchange, Fermynwoods Contemporary Art’s fortnight of artistic activity and dialogue along the Grand Union Canal and River Nene in Northamptonshire, David Littler will be working with vocal percussionist Jason Singh to create a new sound piece with projections of visualised sound onto the walls of the tunnel, responding to the natural acoustics and echo of the third longest tunnel in the UK.

The event is free however booking is recommended due to limited availabilty.

To book, or for further information, please contact

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Active Ingredient: A Conversation Between Trees

From 14 – 25 May 2011, Active Ingredient will present a new artwork commissioned by Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, “A Conversation Between Trees” at Top Lodge, Fineshade Woods.

Active Ingredient

The artwork is a journey through the forest to discover the invisible forces at play – revealing a story of climate and environmental change.

A gallery exhibition in the Forestry Commission’s Little Barn houses a climate machine that interprets global CO2 measurements from the last 70 years, scorching the data as heat rings into paper.

Projected on the wall is a dynamic 3D visualisation of temperature, humidity, light, decibels, colour and CO2 data collected from trees in the forest and in the Mata Atlantica (the Atlantic Forest), Brazil. Environmental sensors connected to mobile phones are placed in the canopy of a tree in each of these forests.

During the residency there will be a range of ways that the public can get involved and collect their own sensory data in the woods. Visitors will be able to borrow a specially programmed mobile phone to take into the forest to use as a lens, to reveal the invisible forces at play in the forest. Visitors with Android phones will be able install the application on their phones with the help of the Artists.

The artists are also conducting an ongoing exchange between schools in the UK and Rio de Janeiro through a series of workshops in both countries, exploring environmental sensing and the future of our forests through Art, Science and ICT.

At the end of each exhibition the artists will have created a unique set of 200 art prints, showing global CO2 scorched into paper.

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Meet the artists

You are invited to join our current artists in residence, Vidha Saumya and Rebecca Lee, at the Danish Shelters in Fermyn Woods, this Thursday and Friday evening from 8.30-10.30pm.   Vidha and Rebecca have created a new artwork from the sounds of the leaves they discovered in Fermyn Woods, so come along and hear how differently an oak leaf sounds from a plum leaf.  This is part of the Intervention, projection event with Tim Simmons.   Tickets for both events cost £8, please contact us by phone (07730 512283) or email ( to book a place.

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