I have been selected to develop new site-specific work for the artSOUTH project at Mottisfont Abbey. I will be working in partnership with valued retired staff member John Surplice and this project will take place in consultation with Forestry Commission conservation staff, Mottisfont Estate staff and the Art Office at Test Valley District Council.
Employing nature as both subject and medium, these ambitious and poignant contemporary art installations will offer a poetic rupture in the grounds of Mottisfont Abbey and beyond. The work will encourage visitors to view the past in a new way, and will highlight the sensitive balance at play between present, past and future. As such, in addition to the creation of visually striking interventions, these pieces will also deepen engagement with and appreciation of the rich historical and cultural heritage of Mottisfont Abbey.
The aims of the artSOUTH projects are to instigate engaging and innovative collaborative commissions of the highest quality, for indoor and outdoor non-gallery locations across central southern England in Autumn 2013.
artSOUTH has developed from the ambition of several key contemporary art venues in the wider Hampshire area to work in partnership, combined with the commitment of Hampshire County Council for Hampshire to be recognised as a county where people of all ages have the opportunity to experience high quality contemporary visual art in a variety of distinctive settings and to encourage a vibrant and active artist community and a diverse and engaged audience.
The partnership currently consists of 15 organisations, including local authorities, universities, art schools and independent arts organisations.