Chilterns Creative Lab: Wayfaring
A weekend residential exploration of the “Wayfaring” themes with a selection of professional and critical friends.
Some of the starting points for the Creative Enquiry exploration were:
How can AndNow work with words as part of their practice?
How do we engage with the landscape in an unmediated way?
How do we find, preserve and encounter landscape in the UK, in spaces with no mediation, interpretation or other accompaniment? Is this still possible or desirable?
How can we work together to inspire activism and encourage people to seek out these more open spaces, and re-inhabit the places that are more controlled but nevertheless part of peoples’ shared history?
How is the way we see land, living things and people affected by the categorisations and boundaries that are imposed upon them.
The 28 hours took place at Dell Farm in the Chilterns, which lies on the chalk ridge just off the Icknield Way, a few miles from Luton and on the edge of a busy urban environment.
Activity within the landscape, shared art making moments, food and discussion were at the heart of the time spent together.
AndNow created a series of interventions and activities in the landscape around the centre to create a starting point for the exploration.
A short film of the event can be seen here: https://vimeo.com/367255788
Wayfaring Project aknowledgments;
Lead Artists: AndNow.
Produced by Activate. Co-commissioned by Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Corn Exchange Newbury, 101 Creation Centre and Oerol Festival. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England and by Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
With additional local support from Chilterns AONB and Whipsnade Tree Cathedral