Category: Artist Installations

Fermynwoods Bulletin: Issue 11

Our Summer 2017 bulletin includes information The Twelfth Player performances at Sixfields Stadium, our Art-Work-Placement programme, Fermynwoods Friends Scheme, a free resource for schools, and more.

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Fermynwoods Bulletin: Issue 10

Our Summer 2016 bulletin features information about Beyond Seven Mountains, an exhibition in Corby’s woodland, drawing on the way Central and Eastern European fairy tales and folk stories begin; “A long time ago, beyond seven mountains, beyond seven forests”, referring to the way contemporary artists continue the tradition of storytellers, reinventing myths and legends, to create new folklore for our time.

Also featured is I Bring My Body To This Place To Observe The Coming And Going Of Life, Jason Singh’s sound installation which explores themes of home, separation and migration for both people and wildlife.

Plus our Associate Artists programme; Free Exchange On Tour and more…

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Changing Tracks

Fermynwoods is supporting North­amptonshire County Council to deliver Changing Tracks, a contemporary visual and digital art project consisting of nine new temporary outdoor artworks by three inter­national artists in Northamptonshire, Mayo and Catalonia.

The artworks have been installed in response to the following locations:

Rushden Transport Museum and the former Goods Shed;
Stanwick Lakes;
Summer Leys Nature Reserve;
Irchester Country Park;
and via QR codes along the greenway between Ditchford and Thrapston.


For further information please visit

Changing Tracks is a partnership project between Northamptonshire County Council, Mayo County Council and Consortium Transversal, Cultural Activities Network from Catalonia and delivered through the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.

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Living Symphonies

Living Symphonies

Part of Forest Art Works

20 – 26 June
Open 10am – 5pm daily
Free (car parking charges apply)

Top Lodge
Fineshade Woods
NN17 3BB

Living Symphonies is a sound installation that reflects the forest’s ecosystem, portraying the activity of the wildlife, plantsand atmospheric conditions through an ever-changing musical composition, located within the forest itself and heard via hidden speakers.

Artists James Bulley and Daniel Jones worked with ecologists and wildlife experts from Forestry Commission England, to develop a detailed map of the flora and fauna inhabiting four forests across the UK.

Each species is depicted by a unique set of musical motifs that portray its behaviour in real-time during the day and night, as the species awakens, moves and interacts with its environment. As a result, a never-ending symphony of sound unfolds amongst the canopy, trees and undergrowth.

Watch a film about Living Symphonies recorded during the pilot at Thetford Forest.

Living Symphonies

Saturday 21 June

You are invited to Living Symphonies on the Summer Solstice for a special free evening (car parking charges apply).

Listen to the work as the sun sets on the longest day and nocturnal species become active in the twilight; experience the unique ecology of Fineshade Woods after dark and meet the artists.

Meet at:

Fineshade Woods Visitor Centre
at 8.00pm

Bring walking boots, torches, and warm clothing

Living Symphonies was commissioned by Forestry Commission England in partnership with Sound and Music and is funded by Arts Council England.

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Make Believe – Essay

Please click above, to read or download an essay on our recent Make Believe exhibition, written by independent curator and writer Angela Kingston.

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Tom Hackett
Make Believe Review

Artist and lecturer Tom Hackett has written a insightful review of Make Believe, on behalf of an.

Make Believe

To read the review please follow this link:

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One Hour;
Transsensorial explorations
of a place in time


6 – 8 September 2013 10am – 4pm
The Water Tower, Brigstock, NN14 3JA
Sudborough Green Lodge, off Harley Way, Brigstock

Curator Graham Keddie has invited selected artists to spend one hour in a specific location and make new work in response to this. Each artist has selected their “one hour” according to the 24-hour clock, so that the hours, minutes and seconds, mirror the date in the format of DD/MM/YY. Places such as home, an independent record store, a lake, a foot tunnel and other internal and external environments have all come under the creative scrutiny of the exhibiting artists.

APT artists: Graham Keddie, Spencer Graham, Susan Bonvin & Andrew Eden, Gary Price-Hunt, Sebastian Blackie, Desmond Brett, Gail Dickerson, Christina ten Bosch, Tom Hackett, James Steventon, Ben Baal-Bowdler, Stephen Elvidge, Jack Eden, Susan Williams, Helen Frankland, Michelle Keegan

Guest artists: Jack Blount, Paulina Glimas, Jill Hedges, Kim Metcalfe, James Mildenhall, Bethany Murray, Sharon Read, Warren Shaw, Flavia Terzain, Helen Turton.

A project curated by Graham Keddie in partnership with Ros Stoddart.

For more information please see the website:

Seminar and Artist Talks

Saturday 7 September
The Water Tower, Brigstock, NN14 3JA

Tickets £20/concessions £10 (light lunch included)

Artists Ben Baal-Bowdler, Desmond Brett, Christina ten Bosch, Tom Hackett, Susan Williams and Graham Keddie will discuss their work.

For further details and to book tickets email Graham Keddie:


Sunday 8 September
The Water Tower, Brigstock, NN14 3JA

Take part in Stephen Elvidge’s One Hour Draw, Ben Baal-Bowdler’s improvised sound work Outside Inside Hour, and James Steventon’s group run The Heart as a Perceptual Organ.

For further details and to book tickets email Graham Keddie:

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Fermynwoods Bulletin: Issue 8

The Summer 2013 bulletin features information about Make Believe; Re-Imagining History & Landscape, where invited artists respond to the unique site of Nottingham Castle to intervene through temporary artwork that provokes imagination, adds layers of ambiguity and invites us to bring to bear our own experiences, memories and associations.

Also featured is Habitat, a series of artists in residence and temporary, site-responsive interventions and sculptures in Barnwell Country Park, exploring real and imaginary places where people and wildlife co-exist.

Plus the Gesture project comes to an end with Quadrature, an exhibition by Artist in Residence, Virginie Litzler; and Touch Stone, a performance by Salamanda Tandem’s team of sighted and visually impaired performers, both taking place at the Cube in Corby.

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Timestreams, tea and cake


Sunday 9 December, 1 – 5pm


This Sunday, Active Ingredient present An Extreme Weather Prediction Machine, inflatible sculptures reacting to C02 and decibels, a video performance of C02 on a farm in the Mata Atlantica, children in Brazil and UK sharing ideas about climate change and energy, plus tea and cake.

A collaboration with RCUK’s Horizon Digital Economy Research Hub, University of Nottingham; Carlo Buontempo, senior climate scientist at the UK MET office; Gabriella Giannachi, Exeter University; and British Brazilian artist Silvia Leal.

For Active Ingredient’s residency with Fermynwoods please click here.

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Acclaimed British artist and NESTA Fellow Jo Fairfax and his team present HERO, a free laser-light art installation within the Grade I listed park at Boughton House, Kettering:

25-26 February and 3-4 March 2012 from 6.30 – 8.30 PM.

HERO is the latest in a series of installations and events as part of FLOW, the outdoor contemporary visual arts programme across Northamptonshire.

Laser beams will be centrally aligned above the canalised River Ise which runs through the parkland,
the sharp horizontal lines complementing the geometry of the 300 year old waterscape designed by
Dutch landscape gardener Van der Meulen, creating some beautiful reflections and intriguing visual
perspectives for the visitor.

For further information please contact:

Graham Callister, Northamptonshire County Council
T: 01604 236909

This follows a growing series of FLOW events, including Fermynwoods’ Interchange project on the Grand Union Canal and River Nene.

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