June 2021

Ground Works will be welcoming a host of national and international artists, writers and poets whose inspiration and concern is for our landscape and environment. The series of exhibitions and events aim to observe and view our collective response to our changing landscapes, how we react to our exterior spaces and the impact of change to our environment. Through engagement with various art media, practises and approaches, we wish to encourage discussion and observation between artists and the public.

COVID-19 update
As you’ll have guessed, our plans for exhibiting during 2020 met with the virus coming the other way.
As the time of writing, the Government is now intending to ease restrictions. We once again intend to bring Ground Works and Landlinks to Nailsworth and other venues in Stroud. Our main focus will be exhibiting works in the wonderful new Three Storeys Centre (https://www.threestoreys.co.uk). Our outline programme will include talks by artists, poets and writers as well as walks with artists and workshops.

Provisional Dates
We’re delighted to announce that we’ll be hosted by new Three Storeys in Nailsworth
Our dates are from 17th – 27th June
Opening times 10 – 4
These times may vary and we’ll update details as soon as we have them

The exhibition will feature Earthbound with new works by Artist/papermaker Jane Ponsford and ceramicist/curator Kim Norton. Their unique collaboration which took place over several months, was interrupted by the restrictions imposed by the Pandemic, but resulted in unexpected responses to their local landscapes.
Earthbound’s exchanges, the studies and resulting objects, artefacts and pieces represent an artistic conversation about ‘Earth’, with each exchange signifying the contributor’s counterpoint and response to the previous statement. In the end, the conversation becomes the Earth and vice versa.

Our planned Landlinks, synchronised walk event went ahead on Sunday 22nd March 2020. The walk itself attracted artist/contributors from Europe, America and Australia and is the basis of the Landlinks exhibition. There are further details about the walk and the background ethos that underpins it on our Landlinks pages.
Following the obvious uncertainty about the future of the project, we’ve now started to add gallery pages to our website that will enable viewers to explore a digital exhibition of some of the work produced.  

You can download our Landlinks project brief for artists here •

We’re delighted to share news of our colleague Neville Gabie who announces the screening of some recent work as part of a programme of artist films being shown by The Danielle Arnaud Gallery

Neville Gabie | Experiments in Black and White XXX | 11th – 17th May 2020

Neville Gabie’s film begins with a story, or a fragment of a story, its words appearing on a white screen disrupted by a pair of empty black shoes. We are told of a child who liked to climb trees in search of mangoes, whose movement is now restricted: ‘soon I could no longer lift my foot.’ The story comes from Mrs Begum, a woman Gabie visited several times as part of a research project, learning about her debilitating experience of Motor Neurone disease, wheelchair bound and limited in her movements.
The work sees Gabie, suit-clad, step into the empty shoes, nailed to the floor. He creates a drawing, maximising the reach of his body’s span without moving from the shoes. He lies down when needs be, protracting the energy of his drawing, the energy of his body, as far as it will go. The work is a play in restriction. Gabie imposes limits on his range of movement, marking where his body can go with his pen, constraining his body as a reminder of the inches and metres between the range of bodies’ movements; how not all bodies can operate without effort, without assistance. Made during lockdown, the work is overlaid by a soundscape; field recordings of bird song combined with a recording of an MRI machine in operation. The rhythm of Gabie’s drawing, the pattern of its editing – flexing time – aligns with the MRI’s mechanical drone and clunk. We are reminded of the unseen hum of the NHS at this time, the birds that have become louder as planes vanish; the soundtrack to our confinement – rooted to the spot, mapping out the time of our limitation.
View Experiments in Black and White XXX  2020  duration: 7 mins 9 secs

More News
We’re pleased to see that our artist/colleagues Kim Norton, has been chosen as ‘Artist of the Month’ at art.earth
Read her interview here:

art.earth celebrates and supports artists who look outward and is seen as a space for thought, for making, for collaboration and for conversation.