FarmArt Open Call

FarmArt residency 2014/2015 open call – inviting artists to work with farmers to interrogate the practice of organic farming and land use in Dorset. Applications now closed.

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Photo by Chris Drury. Taken during his FarmArt residency with Cape Farewell.

In 2013 Cape Farewell launched the FarmArt residencies, a programme in which artists are invited to work with farmers to interrogate the practice of organic farming and land use in the valley of Sydling St. Nicholas, Dorset.

Cape Farewell has established relationships with three farmers around Sydling St. Nicholas:

  • Chris and Suzanne Legg run Dollens Farm, 700 acres of dairy and arable land. Dollens Farm has engaged the local community to participate and understand modern farming, encouraging neighbours and villagers to hold a voluntary stake in the farm’s future.
  • John and SJ Morris run Huish Farm, encompass- ing 600 acres. Working with Natural England, they have converted to traditional British farming methods in North Dorset. It marks the transition to a more sustainable way of working and living in order to preserve and protect the native flora and fauna of this area.
  • In the Cerne Valley, Pam and Will Best have used organic working practice to run the 200 acres of Manor Farm for over 25 years. Will Best states “Soil is absolutely fundamental to life on earth. Looking after the soil, building fertility, enhancing soil biodiversity and recycling residues is vitally important.”

For the first FarmArt residency in 2013-2014, three artists – Chris Drury, Kay Syrad and Guy Martin – are producing artworks inspired by extensive conversations with the farmers and many walks on their land.

All farmers have strong community ties, commit to good stewardship of the natural environment, and employ varied practice methods, which they openly invite the public to explore.

Open call: 2014/2015

Cape Farewell are launching an open call for artists to take part in the 2014/2015 FarmArt residency. For the full brief and details of how to submit your application see the open call PDF below.
Applications close: 19 September 2014.

FarmArt – Open Call opportunity PDF 256Kb
About the FarmArt residency programme

Applications are now closed.

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