Since Sliced Bread

A visual arts project celebrating and exploring the culture and history of our windmills.


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Ayscoughfee Hall Trailer Video

Here is a very short taster of the Since Sliced Bread exhibition at Ayscoughfee Hall, on until December 14th.

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Since Sliced Bread Exhibition at Ayscoughfee Hall

 

Flours at Ayscoughfee

‘Flours’ at Ayscoughfee Hall

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 museum@sholland.gov.uk

 


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Exhibition at Ayscoughfee Hall Museum

Ayscoughfee Hall Exhibiiton

The Since Sliced Bread solo exhibition at Ayscoughfee Hall Museum is the culmination of this immersive year of artistic research into the Windmills and communities of Lincolnshire. This fresh body of work presents a unique way of looking at our relationship with the ‘Field to Fork’ journey.

Works include a field of hand made white windmills 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. They are redundant, trapped in a windless Medieval brick Undercroft.  A community ‘garden of wisdom’ and 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.

The preview of the exhibition is on Wednesday October 8th from 6-8pm, this will include an artist’s ‘walk and talk’ at 6.15pm and 7.15pm.
For tickets to the preview,  please contact Ayscoughfee Hall Tel: 01775 764555 or email museum@sholland.gov.uk

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contact me directly at info@fiburke.com or here.


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On the tracks of Hilkiah Burgess

On permanent display at Ayscoughfee Hall are several prints of local scenes originally painted by Hilkiah Burgess nearly 200 years ago.  As part of my Since Sliced Bread research, I am visiting each of the places depicted to explore what links they may have to the ‘field to fork’ journey. The discoveries I make will feed into the work I create for Ayscoughfee, on exhibition in October, 2014.  This is a short (unpolished!) vid  I made on arrival at my first port of call – Gedney Church.