SHARPHAM TRUST

Sharpham Trust, artist in residence September/ October 2012

Some of the staff outside Sharpham House

Some of the staff outside Sharpham House

My role as artist in residence

The Sharpham Trust has just celebrated its 30th anniversary year. As part of the celebrations they appointed me as their first artist in residence. I was invited to stay on the estate and to respond to the place, I stayed there for six weeks. Sharpham Estate covers 550 acres and comprises, an 18th Century manor house, a Capability Brown landscape, a vineyard and cafe, a reatreat centre, a dairy farm and Sharpham Outdoors project (based on a farm in the estate and currently working with disadvantaged youth groups and special needs groups) http://sharphamtrust.org

The Boat House

The Boat House

This is where I stayed for the 6 weeks duration of the residency.

A view from the boat house

A view from the boat house

My response to the 6 weeks of staying at Sharpham was to make a series of short films and to produce two printed booklets.

The booklets examine various ways of looking and experiencing the estate. They act as alternative guide books offering both macro and micro views. One covers the day time experience and is aimed at visitors to Sharpham, the other a more intimate look at night time on the estate including a dreamers’ dream (I collected the staff’s dreams over a period of one week) a conflated dream sequence accompanying images of some of the animals that can be seen out at night.

Otter © Ambios Ltd

Otter © Ambios Ltd

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Fox © Ambios Ltd

Night Walker

Night Walker