Artist in residence, Simon Warner, explores the South Pennine landscape

Posted: 2.03.12

The wild moors of the South Pennines have offered artists inspiration for centuries and this year a landscape filmmaker will bridge the gap between the Brontes and the twenty-first century.

Taking Top Withens, the ruined farmhouse thought by many to be the inspiration behind Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, as his focal point Simon Warner, artist in residence for the Pennine Prospects Watershed Landscape Project, hopes to explore the literary landscape of the South Pennines and people’s connections to it.

Through a three-part exhibition Simon will bring together his own landscape video films shown on miniature screens, the work produced through his collaboration with community groups and a photographic history of the progressive ruination of Top Withens by showcasing the iconic images taken over the decades by landscape photographers, including Bill Brandt, Fay Godwin and Alexander Keighley. The exhibition will be shown at the Bronte Parsonage Museum this autumn and will coincide with a symposium at West Lane Baptist Church, Haworth, on October 6.

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