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David Spero: Settlements

20 July - 8 September 2019

David Spero has developed a number of highly distinctive bodies of work that distil various photographic traditions and approaches, from documentary to photo-sculpture, forming a rich and multi-faceted practice which overall maintains a quiet and contemplative enquiry. (David Chandler)

Settlements is a photographic record of self-built homes and structures in a small number of low impact land-based communities in Britain that explores ecologically sustainable ways of living.

Taken between 2004-2018, the images chart a period in the evolution of these communities through their homes, communal spaces, infrastructure, growing areas and a number of community portraits, taken at intervals. The photographs centre around four settlements: Steward Community Woodland, Brithdir Mawr, Tinkers Bubble and Landmatters.

Settlements was self published as a book in February 2017. It was first exhibited at the Photographers Gallery London in 2006 and was later included in How we are: Photographing Britain at Tate Britain in 2007. Spero published his first book Churches with SteidlMACK in 2007, a photographic survey of evangelical churches in the London area, housed in buildings never intended for worship. The series was exhibited at The National Media Museum Bradford in 2011. His work also includes Ball Photographs, in which rubber balls are placed into existing spaces, creating subtle forms which disrupt and transform the process of viewing and more recently Balls, Wood and Audiotape. Spero was the inaugural PhotoWorks Fellow at The British School at Rome in 2009. His work is in various collections including the British Council, The National Media Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The Public Opening of David Spero: Settlements (20 July – 8 September) on Saturday 20 July from 2pm – 5pm, will coincide with Paul Chaney’s launch of his Pavilion re-build in the orchard and the Planning Matters programme associated with his work as Associate Artist at Kestle Barton.  Planning Matters, led by Paul Chaney, will bring together leading experts in the field of low impact development to explore the socio-political conditions restricting access to land that led to the formation of such communities and try to establish how current planning law could be affecting the UK’s ability to achieve sustainability targets.

These events are supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Above image by David Spero:

‘The Longhouse’ communal space and workshop (view from old kitchen path), Steward Community Woodland,  Devon, June 2004

Canvas-covered structure, part hazel pole bender and part roundwood timber frame, with reused materials. Initial construction 2000

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Paul Chaney: Planning Matters

20 July - 4 August 2019

Planning Matters

A public programme curated by Kestle Barton associate artist Paul Chaney to coincide with David Spero’s exhibition Settlements (20 July – 8 September) this summer.

Taking Spero’s photographic exhibition as a starting point, and against the background of Chaney’s previous work based at Kestle Barton (Lizard Exit Plan and Critical Camps), this programme will explore the complexity of issues arising around themes of low-impact development, land ownership, planning law, and sustainable urban planning in these times of housing crisis, societal collapse, mass extinction, and potential transformation.

The programme will unpick the often misunderstood intentions and ideologies of communities such as Steward Wood (the subject of Spero’s photographs), phenomena such as ‘Nimbyism’, and the sociopolitical conditions restricting access to land that lead to the formation of precarious intentional communities under the conditions of late capitalism.

Bringing together leading experts in the field of low-impact development, its history of legal struggles, and artists exploring housing, grassroots social practice, and alternative living— the object of the programme will be to establish how current planning law could be affecting the UK’s ability to widely achieve sustainability targets published by the United Nations and the UK government itself, and how the factors limiting the scaling up of low- impact development could be addressed.

Saturday 20 July schedule

Sunday 21 July schedule

Saturday 27 July schedule

Sunday 4 August schedule

These events are supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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Paul Chaney: Planning Matters – Saturday 20 July

20 July 2019

Paul Chaney: Planning Matters schedule

Saturday 20th July

14:00 – 17:00

Public opening of David Spero’s exhibition, Settlements (20 July – 8 September), documenting low-impact intentional communities around the UK (including Steward Wood).

17:00

The loss of Steward Community Woodland, Dartmoor – disturbing messages from a national park, public talk by Dr Tom Greeves (cultural environmentalist and Chairman of the Dartmoor Society 1998-2019).

18:00

Planning Matters introduction. Paul Chaney will outline the aims and parameters of the programme.

19:00

The Seventh Last Supper with Paul Chaney and chef Dominic Bailey (ticketed catering event).

21:00

Public film screening in the pavilion: Winstanley (1975, dir. Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo, 95 minutes).

This black and white film details the story of the social reformer Gerrard Winstanley and his small band of followers as they tried to establish a self-sufficient farming community on common land at St. George’s Hill in 1649. With poverty and unrest sweeping England, they formed an intentional community to assert the right to cultivate and share the wealth of the common land. The ‘Diggers’ were met with crushing hostility from local landowners and government troops. A wonderful and evocative film made in 1975 by film historian and documentary director Kevin Brownlow with Andrew Mollo.

Above image: Brownlow and Mollo, Winstanley: 2h20m; 1975

Sunday 21 July schedule

Saturday 27 July schedule

Sunday August 4 schedule

These events are supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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Paul Chaney: Last Suppers

20 July - 4 August 2019

Seventh Last Supper – Saturday 20th July, 19:00

Eighth Last Supper – Sunday 4th August, 19:00

20 tickets available for each supper. £15 per head. Ring 01326 23181 or email info@kestlebarton.co.uk to book a place.

Part of this season’s Planning Matters programme, numbers seven and eight in an ongoing series of suppers designed as a conceptual collaboration between Paul Chaney and infamous local chef Dominic Bailey, now operating as Adventures in Hospitality Ltd.

The Last Suppers explore post-collapse haute cuisine using carefully sourced high quality seasonal produce and foraged ingredients found within a five-mile radius of the site of consumption. Each course is cooked using firewood gathered from the local woods on an outdoor woodstove designed by Chaney and fabricated by local farmer Paul Williams.

The suppers will be served fireside next to the pavilion, or inside the pavilion if the weather is unfortunate. Menu to be confirmed. All dietary requirements can be catered for—vegan and vegetarian options will be available.

Chaney’s concept for a never-ending series of ‘last suppers’ alludes to the notion that we are equally in a moment of eternal apocalypse and eternal revolution—reminding us there is no threshold for collapse, as we sample the gastronomic possibilities and delights of a ‘sustainable’ post-collapse food system.

These events are supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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Georgia Gendall: ‘In Other Words, Darling’

5 May - 2 November 2019

In Other Words, Darling is a new sculptural installation featured in the wild flower meadow at Kestle Barton this season.

‘In Other Words, Darling (2019) goes around in circles and asks you to do the same. Responding to social distance and collective detachment with a structure which suggests infinite devotion and celebrates intimacy, compassion, kissing, friendship and the shape and dance of togetherness.’ (Georgia Gendall 2019)

Georgia Gendall is an artist and gardener living and working in Penryn, Cornwall. Her multidisciplinary practice is often satirical, sometimes immersive and frequently inconclusive. Her use of  sculptures, performances and videos examines our empirical relationship with our immediate environment often through creating poetic and futile solutions to hypothetical problems.

Recent shows include: In Other Words, Darling (solo show), Auction House, Redruth (2019), also also also, Whitstable Biennale, Whitstable (2018), Structures, Newlyn Art Gallery, Newlyn (2018), Nawki, East Bristol Contemporary, Bristol (2017), Did You Pack Your Bag Yourself, Buggy Factory, New York, (2016), Brought Objects, Voidoid Archive, Glasgow (2016), 007, East Bristol Contemporary, Bristol (2016). Gtg (debut solo show, 2016), The 90 Clifden Gallery, London (2016). Unannounced Acts of Publicness, Granary Square, London, (2015).

www.georgiagendall.co.uk

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David Spero: Settlements

20 July - 8 September 2019

Paul Chaney: Planning Matters

20 July - 4 August 2019

Paul Chaney: Planning Matters – Saturday 20 July

20 July 2019

Paul Chaney: Last Suppers

20 July - 4 August 2019

Paul Chaney: Planning Matters – Sunday 21 July

21 July 2019

2019 Art Garden: children’s art workshops

24 July - 28 August 2019

Paul Chaney: Planning Matters – Saturday 27 July

27 July 2019

Paul Chaney: Planning Matters – Sunday 4 August

4 August 2019

Cathy Rentzenbrink: ‘Do you have a story to tell?’ memoir writing workshop

6 August - 7 August 2019

Fourthland: Echoes of the dancing sky

7 August - 11 August 2019

Abigail Reynolds: Estover

30 August - 1 September 2019

Stella Benjamin: WEAVER

14 September - 2 November 2019

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