Bideford Black

Commission / funded project (residency and exhibition). 2014-15


Seam – a fieldwork

‘Bideford Black’ is a unique pigment found only in Bideford, Devon, UK. It is a carboniferous clay mineral that is associated with a tradition of mining for its deep, rich black qualities, including contemporary use as an artist’s material. This project studies the pigment’s location at Green Cliff, where the weather and mineral paints itself into and out of the cliff face, and geology is presented as a fragmented and ephemeral quality of place.

Walking residency staying at a local guesthouse / group exhibition with publication / gallery and public programmes / countryside culture programme (trail walking) / working with museum volunteers and local community

Tabatha Andrews
Luce Choules
Corinne Felgate
Neville and Joan Gabie, with Ian Cook
Lizzie Ridout
Sam Treadaway

Liberty Smith

Project partners:
Carolyn Black, Flow Contemporary Arts | Claire Gulliver, Independent Project Manager | Miranda Clark, Visual Arts Manager, Burton Art Gallery and Museum, Bideford, UK | Warren Collum, Exhibitions and Collections Officer, Burton Art Gallery and Museum, Bideford, UK | Emily Paine, Gallery/Tourist Information Administrator, Burton Art Gallery and Museum, Bideford, and Torridge District Council, UK | Dr Ian Cook, Associate Professor of Geography, Head of Geographies of Creativity and Knowledge Research Group, University of Exeter, UK, and Founder of ‘Followthethings’ | Justin Seedhouse and Nicola Jackson, National Trust | Friends of the Burton Art Gallery and Museum.

Environmental Art, Cultural Tourism, Physical Geography, Geology, Survey, Fieldwork.

Funded by:
Arts Council England, Torridge District Council, Burton Art Gallery and Museum, Friends of the Burton Art Gallery and Museum

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