Dog has his day at Fields of Vision launch

Posted: 10.06.14

A sheep dog trial was held on Simon Mansfield’s One Man and His dog artwork field in Stanbury to officially launch the Fields of Vision land art project – part of the Yorkshire Festival 2014.

The celebration took place at the viewpoint on Cemetery Road, Haworth and was attended by representatives of the Fields of Vision team, Worth Valley Young Farmers, Worth the Tour and the local community.

The bad weather was no barrier for hardy farmer Ian Ibbotson and his sheep dog, who were able to bring Simon’s artistic vision to life and successfully drive their sheep into the outstretched hand of the shepherd figure – creating a true piece of living art.

Fields of Vision is designed to animate the route of Day 2 of the Grand Depart of the 2014 Tour de France and is now being delivered by a bespoke partnership co-ordinated by rural regeneration company Pennine Prospects and comprising the Worth Valley Young Farmers, Worth the Tour, local artistic producers, and the Bingley-based STRI, (Sports Turf Research Institute) among others.

Henrietta Duckworth, Executive Producer of the Yorkshire Festival 2014 said: “We have all different art forms including music – from classical to rock n roll – we have film, theatre, sculpture, crafts – and, unlike any other festival, we have land art. Not only has this project attracted great national and international artists, but it has also encouraged local people to get involved and now everyone can come along and see the art.”

She added: “We do have to thank our sponsors Yorkshire Water for supporting this project – and for making sure we’ve had the most excellent growing period – let’s celebrate the rain as it’s a critical part of this work!”

Mark Turner of Pennine Prospects said: “Fields of Vision is helping us to celebrate and promote the South Pennines and really put this stunning landscape on the map. We are certain that these inspirational artworks will catch the eye of the millions of people who will be watching the Tour de France across the globe and encourage them to come and explore our wonderful area further.”

Bradford-based Keelham Farm Shop joined forces with Fields of Vision to offer a member of the public chance to create a land art design. Entrants were asked to draw a simple, bold design which, to them, symbolised Yorkshire. At the launch, Keelham Farm Shop owner Victoria Robertshaw presented the competition winners James Ingham and Poppy Batch with their prize hampers.

Victoria said: “The Fields of Vision project makes art accessible to everyone. The whole community has been able to get involved with creating the artworks – and everyone can now see them for free.”

The Fields of Vision installations stretch along the Grand Depart route from Blubberhouses to Holmfirth. They have been etched into the hillsides using different colours of grass and various techniques like seeding, pitch marking, cutting, staining, and even cyclists riding in the designs with their tyre tracks. Most of the artworks are now complete, with finishing touches being put to some this week.
Yorkshire Festival 2014 is the first arts festival ever to precede the Grand Départ in its 111 year history. The festival runs until 6 July, visit www.yorkshirefestival.co.uk, Yorkshire Festival on Facebook or follow Yorkshire Festival 2014 on Twitter – YFest2014.

Yorkshire Festival 2014 is supported by Arts Council England, Yorkshire Water, Welcome to Yorkshire and the Local Authorities of Yorkshire.

For more information on the launch please contact
Gerry Crookes, Worth the Tour publicity on 0792 126 3298
Email cruxcomms@hotmail.co.uk

Yorkshire Water United Utilities Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council National Farmers Union
South Pennines Association Lancashire County Council Pennine Heritage Kirklees Council Calderdale Council
Bradford District Council Northern Rail Natural England Environment Agency The National Trust