Chalkpit, a few photos…

Over the weekend I curated and contributed to the Chalkpit exhibition of contemporary art at Glynde Place.

It was a lovely, sunny weekend and we attracted over 300 visitors.

The incredibly talented and varied artists I asked to work alongside me were;            Jenny Arran, Sarah Colbourne, Bob Dixon, Alexander Johnson, Isobel Smith, Guy Stevens and Emily Warren.

I will write more in the coming week but here are some photos to be going on with…

Opening night…

 

The exhibition pieces…

 

Visitor comments…

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Chalkpit

 

chalk pit vista

As Artist-in-residence for Glynde, I am working on a project based on the chalkpit at the back of Teddy Street.

Called Balcombe Pit, it was in operation from the 1840s right up until the 1980s.

I became interested in the chalkpit after doing some research at The Keep and coming across the 1881 census for the village…

1881_census

As you can see, most of the people worked in the chalkpit.

Today, the chalkpit is unused apart from the odd dog walker and kids playing. It is tucked away and you would easily walk straight past the entrance without even knowing it is there.

I decided to make it the central point of my first project as Artist-in-residence.

Over the coming year I will be involving local residents of Glynde and other artists to put together a collection of work and hold a variety of events around Balcombe Pit.