Here is a very short taster of the Since Sliced Bread exhibition at Ayscoughfee Hall, on until December 14th.
Since Sliced Bread at Ayscoughfee Hall Museum is the culmination of an immersive year of artistic research into the Windmills and communities of Lincolnshire by visual philosopher Fi Burke. This fresh body of work presents a unique way of looking at our relationship with the ‘Field to Fork’ journey. It binds social history, food heritage and contemporary art, integrating the voices of Millers, rural communities and the land itself. Fi eschews the official exhibition area in favour of a series of site reflexive artistic responses.
In the Medieval brick Undercroft, a field of hand made white windmills are placed in an enigmatic grid, reflecting on the unsung roles of Millers and farmers, in our lives throughout history. The field adopts the standard layout of WW1 cemeteries in France; echoing the linear layout of the drains in the fens. These Windmills are redundant, trapped in a windless vault, reflecting in part on the defunct Windmills that once powered the nation’s food baskets. It is a eulogy to the land and its cycles – to the wind and to the soil.
Upstairs in the Hall, Fi explores and subverts the historic depictions of local landmarks by temporarily displacing them with digitally printed pieces evolved in reaction to present day visits – illustrating the changes in land use as well as the continuity of life. In the display vitrines, Fi choreographs multiple terracotta flowerpots, spouting proverbs on lolly sticks, written by local residents to create a garden of wisdom. Other pieces appropriate cupboards and nooks and crannies to infiltrate the architecture of Ayscoughfee Hall
The exhibition runs from October 8th to December 14th, 2014.
Wednesday – Sunday between 10.30am and 4pm.
Admission is free.
Ayscoughfee Hall Tel: 01775 764555 or email email@example.com
May 10th and 11th, 2014
I am currently making new works, inspired by and in response to my work with community groups and volunteers at Heckington and Moulton windmills over the last 6 months.
At Heckington Mill
I have been struck by the huge part a Miller once played in our lives, how his (or her) relationship with nature and the amazing engineering of the Mill put food on our tables through hard graft. To me, Millers and the people who work just as hard as them today to bring field to fork are unsung heroes; where would we be without them? I hope that my visual representations and homage to the Millers provides food for thought!
At Moulton Mill
Connecting to the abundance of Moulton Mill’s social history is easy, from the workers’ graffiti on the walls, to the photo of the old Corn Exchange where the worlds of millers, farmers and merchants came together. I have discovered stories that bring the history of field to fork to life, that reveal to me the rich fabric of the land and the part that Mills played in creating it.
National Mills Weekend runs every year. It has been organised by the SPAB (the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) and is part of a Europe-wide festival of milling heritage during May. Lots of Mills will be opening their doors.
It would be great to see you at either or both of the Mills. Entrance to the exhibitions is free.
Heckington Mill will be open from 12 noon to 5 pm each day.
Moulton Mill will be open from 10 am to 4 pm each day.
Inspired by the Pocklington family portraits, visitors to our Mother’s Day event last Sunday had the opportunity to dress up and pose like the Pocklington’s did about 100 years ago. The Pocklingtons owned, lived and worked at the Mill. For more information about what life was like for them, please visit the Mill’s website.
Our opening weekend at Heckington Mill was a joy and not just because of the cakes that emerged at Fay’s baking demo! Lots of people visited and had a go at the creative activities including Doh! Salt Dough creations as well as Bill and Ben the Flour Pots and Whispering on the Wind sail designs. It was a great way to start to get to know the local community as well as hear the sayings people use or value. Some visitors even invented their own proverbs/words of wisdom.
Thanks to all the volunteers at the Mill and especially to Finn for his support with the activities.
“The kids were completely enthralled……lovely to see the children’s imaginations at work……the dough activities upstairs were fabulous…..It was a very nice relaxed and easy-going environment for the kids to get stuck in and enjoy themselves……I would definitely look out for other events at the mill especially involving creative activities “.