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Afterlives by
Helen Stratford

Having finished a productive and informative residency at Sudborough Green Lodge, artist Helen Stratford has produced a document “Afterlives” to sum up her time in Fermynwoods and describe her research findings including notes on Ecosophy and Posthuman theory.

Your can read “Afterlives” by clicking here. It includes her account of staying at the lodge which continues to be developed as it is made ready for new purposes later this year.

Helen’s artistic practice is located between live art, visual art, architecture and writing. In analysing the rhythms of daily life she investigates how we can rethink the power of the built environment within social, political, economic and emotional infrastructures.

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Please Support:
The Twelfth Player Video


Fermynwoods wants to produce a video about The Twelfth Player. The Twelfth Player is an interactive performance about Northampton Town F.C. and their incredible fans. It takes place both at Sixfields stadium and on mobile devices which audience members carry with them as they walk round. By recording this performance, a greater number of people can experience the Twelfth Player, even after the live events have finished.

In order to fund the production of this documentary video we need your support. Please consider donating to our crowdfunding campaign by clicking below and sharing the project with others:

Performances of the live version run from 22 June to 12 July. You can book a place by visiting the Royal and Derngate’s website:

Image: Andy Eathorne
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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.

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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The Twelfth Player

Listen to an interview with Seven Sisters Group and BBC Northampton’s Martin Borley discussing our new commission The Twelfth Player – a unique tour around Northampton Town Football Clubs Sixfields Stadium.

Click here to book tickets:

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Artist in Residence:
Helen Stratford


This month Helen Stratford will be artist in residence at Sudborough Green Lodge a.k.a. The Remote Lab. This focused residency is intended to help Helen develop and explore new perspectives on rural and urban environments in relation to her continuing practice.

Helen’s artistic practice is located between live art, visual art, architecture and writing. In analysing the rhythms of daily life she investigates how we can rethink the power of the built environment within social, political, economic and emotional infrastructures.

This residency is intended to give Helen the opportunity to develop an emerging line of inquiry in her practice, experimenting with an approach that facilitates experiences in architecture through creating visual and performative drawings and frameworks where participants’ interactions create and lead the work.

Performative drawing projects by Helen include Standardised Versions (Rubble) a typological artwork made with artist Craig Fisher for Wysing Arts Centre and Primary Nottingham Expanded Studio along with Pitch Marking which explores the method by which two Parish Charge hands set out a rugby pitch in the ‘new village’ of Cambourne in Cambridgeshire. Information on these works and others can be found on Helen’s website.

Image: Standardised Versions, 2016, Helen Stratford and Craig Fisher
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Associate Artist Update:
Jo Roberts

Jo Roberts recently announced she is undergoing a change in her artistic career and will therefore be leaving our Associate Artist programme. She will be missed, as will her contribution to Fermynwoods. Jo’s first involvement with Fermynwoods was the Interchange project in 2011 when she was artist in residence on a narrow boat with David Littler and Simon Woolham, along the Grand Union Canal and River Nene. This joint residency combined with a series of public events contributed to her practice and sparked her lasting relationship with Fermynwoods Contemporary Art.

Jo gained an MA in Fine Art in 1996 from Birmingham City University. To date she has worked nationally with a wide variety of organizations, including Grizedale Arts and Ikon Gallery. Last year she took part in the Random String, a fellowship project at Warwick Art Centre along with Associate Artist Nikki Pugh.

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The Remote Lab Residency



Up to 4 weeks (3-31 May 2017)



Sudborough Green Lodge
Fermyn Woods
Off Harley Way
NN14 3JD


We would like to invite an artist to stay at the Lodge, to make new work, which could be part of their technical practice such as printmaking, performance, audio-visual work or sculpture. It could also be writing or research-driven or a combination of the above.

Fermynwoods is currently planning an ambitious new three year programme to mark our twentieth year and we would like the artist to work with us and deliver a short piece of research on the theme of how we relate to and connect with the rural environment by making links between urban culture and landscape.

Remote Lab 1 (2015) and Remote Lab 2 (2016) gave Fermynwoods’ associate artists the opportunity to reflect on works from the past. The Remote Lab Residency is an opportunity for artists to test new techniques and ways of thinking which are relevant to the future their practice and to Fermynwoods vision.


Accommodation, food and travel costs will be covered but there is no fee attached.

To Apply:

Send a letter of interest with a CV and description of how you would approach this residency to: by 30/04/2017.

About the Lodge:

Sudborough Green Lodge (SGL) is a Centre for Research and Education and is comprised of two cottages situated in the middle of Fermyn Woods, near Brigstock village in Northamptonshire and accessible by car along a 2 mile hard-core surfaced forest track.

One cottage (the left side) is used for weekly school workshops and sometimes for events, for artists to stay and conduct research, develop new work or work collaboratively. The other cottage (the right side) is available for an artist in residence during the month of May. The cottage is sparsely furnished, with central heating powered by a log burning stove, two bedrooms and a fitted kitchen.

Click here to download this opportunity as a PDF.




Sudborough Green Lodge
Fermyn Woods
Harley Way (off A6116)
Near Brigstock
NN14 3JD

Saturday 29 April 2017

£30 per head


Try new ceramic techniques in a rural setting and meet new artists and makers.

Booking is required to attend this event.
Please click here to visit the Eventbrite page.


This is a day-long event which involves digging a small pit for controlled ceramics firing. Blanks will be provided to fire and decorate. You may also bring a small number of your own work to fire and try this method. Led by Nita Nathwani, ceramacist and contemporary artist who has over a decade of experience working with clay, leading demonstrations and workshops.

Because pit-firing is a process that takes time and teamwork to set up, it lends itself perfectly to a community effort. It’s a fun and unusual creative process that most makers don’t get to try. The unique communal effort also brings together like-minded people and provides both a creative and social opportunity.

Materials provided.
Food and refreshments provided.

Contact us to enquire about overnight accommodation.



Sudborough Green Lodge is located in the centre of a meadow at the heart of Fermyn Woods, it is accessible from a 2-mile stretch of forest track. The cottage is centrally heated via a log burner, with plenty of wood and kindling available on site.

Getting there

Car: Drive to the A6116 (between Corby and junction 12 of the A14). The turning for Harley Way is next to the entrance to Fermyn Woods Country Park. The entrance to the Lodge is a Forestry Commission gate on Harley Way, opposite and along from Welland Gliding.

Train: The nearest railway station is Corby, to arrange a lift to or from the station please contact Sophie (details below).

Booking Enquiries

Sudborough Green Lodge Coordinator: Sophie Cullinan
Phone: 07923 441 873

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Local Photographer Wanted To Lead Competition and Document Artwork

Local Freelance Photographer is wanted to run a community competition and document public art project. Applicants for this role must be self-employed and have professional experience in photography and preferably in organising competitions or similar community events.

There is a £2,000 fee and project budget (excluding VAT), this includes any travel expenses and costs to print and install the photographic exhibitions.

This temporary, part-time role will involve two separate responsibilities, applicants must be able to work independently and correspond with stakeholders:

  • To publicise and celebrate the installation of a public artwork in Priors Hall Park, Corby by documenting the installation

  • To lead on a community photography competition, including judging and delivering the entrants exhibition of selected photographs

    Applicants must have a clear DBS certificate issued within the last two year.


    Public Art Project Documentation

    Applicants must be available during 17th March to 31st May 2017 to record the installation of a series of public artworks in the Priors Hall Park housing development. The rights to any resulting images or videos will be transferred to the Priors Hall Park Neighbourhood Association for purposes of sharing and celebrating the artworks which they have selected from a public callout. This will include capturing images of the artist and community engaging with the artwork at the opening event.


    Community Photography Competition

    Local residents, particularly young people, are being invited to take inspiration from the public art project and photograph local species. Selected entrants will be exhibited in a public community centre. The role will include working with the residents’ panel to launch the competition, promote the competition and judge the entrants.

    The competition will focus on capturing images of distinctive species of fauna and flora which are native to the area and close to the community’s heart.

    Application Process


    Please send a CV with examples of work and a covering letter by 12 noon on 8th March to Angela:


    Candidates will be interviewed on Thursday 16th March.

    Download this opportunity as a PDF

    This project is led by Priors Hall Park Neighbourhood Association. Thanks to Made In Corby and Arts Council England for their funding and support
    MICArts Council England
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    Work Experience

    I have been working one day every week at Fermynwoods Contemporary Art for over 3 months as part of my work experience placement, whilst studying my first year of A levels at Prince William Sixth Form in Oundle.

    Working with different artists has given me an insight into their knowledge and experience and also opened my mind to the scope that art can cover.

    I alternate between working with children and artists at Sudborough Green Lodge, their Centre For Research and Education in the woods, and doing administrative tasks and computer based design at their office in Thrapston.

    So far I have developed my skills in working with children and also increased my knowledge of art and creative techniques. Working with different artists has given me an insight into their knowledge and experience and also opened my mind to the scope that art can cover.

    Having a better knowledge of art has meant that I have been able to help the students with their work and activities. As the children’s work and attitude can change each week, I have learnt how to adapt activities for each child so that everyone can try to achieve their full creative potential.

    During my time in the office I have learned and developed designing skills using computer software such as Photoshop to create a new range of business stationary such as headed paper, business cards and signage.

    I really enjoy working with Fermynwoods Contemporary Art as they have given me the chance to have an insight into working in the creative industries, and also to help me to find the direction I want to take after Sixth Form, which is in creative design.

    Joe Pendred

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