Fields of Vision sees 12 huge-scale land art works enliven the GRAND DÉPART route as part of the YORKSHIRE FESTIVAL 2014

Posted: 24.04.14

The artists were announced for Fields of Vision: a 65 mile land art trail of 12 works appearing alongside The Grand Départ route in the lead up to this year’s Tour de France. The works will be created through collaboration between artists, members of the Young Farmers, scientists, cyclists, communities, farmers and landowners. The full list of commissioned artists and the sites on which their work will be produced is: Imran Qureshi (Baitings Reservoir), Catherine Bertola (Holmfield), Trudi Entwistle (Stanbury Reservoir), Jo Gorner (Hebden Bridge), Louise Lockhart (Oxenhope), Simon Manfield (Stanbury), Steve Messam (Stanbury), Robert Montgomery (Blubberhouses), Jane Revitt (Elland) and Raz Ul Haq (Worth Valley).

Fields of Vision is part of Yorkshire Festival 2014, the first cultural festival in the Tour de France’s 111 year history. Until 6 July, a vast programme of world-class cultural events is taking place in the lead up the first two race days of the Tour, the Grand Départ, this year hosted by Yorkshire.

Fields of Vision, coordinated by Pennine Prospects, a unique rural regeneration company, comprises a series of huge, grass-based land art installations forming a trail through stunning South Pennines landscape; the backdrop to Day II of The Grand Départ. The commissioned artists are creating bold interpretations of the distinctive uplands to reveal interactions between landscape and community. The participating artists all understand the unique upland terrain of the South Pennines.

The designs will be transferred from paper to pasture through a variety of methods including sowing, feeding, cutting, white line marking and wearing by cyclists following a track. One design will be a specially commissioned poem by Scottish artist Robert Montgomery, known for displaying his work in unexpected locations. The poem will be reproduced at landscape scale, to introduce the trail of 12 designs. Other designs include Jane Revitt’s image of a murmuration of starlings on a hill adjacent to the town of Elland and a continuous line drawing worn into the ground by local cyclists, artist Louise Lockhart’s first major outdoor commission.

At each site, there is a vantage point which will allow members of the public to stop in safety to enjoy the installation in the wider landscape setting. The works will be visible to local communities, those exploring the Tour de France route and viewers of the race on television. Further information is available at: www.fieldsofvision.org.uk

The idea behind Fields of Vision came from The Worth Valley Young Farmers Club, who are working with Pennine Prospects and other partners to bring the trail of works to fruition. The Young Farmers were quick to seize on the opportunity provided by a major cultural event the scale of Yorkshire Festival 2014. Members as young as ten will help cultivate art works at various sites. They are also leading a project where schools and community groups receive the materials to grow their own miniature field of vision in a turf tray using different types of grass to make their design come to life.

Bradford-based Keelham Farm Shop has joined forces with Fields of Vision to offer a member of the public the chance to create a design that will be transformed into a huge installation imprinted on the stunning landscape of the South Pennines. Entrants must draw a simple, bold design which, to them, symbolises Yorkshire. The winning entry will be interpreted on the Hainworth site by the Fields of Vision team, creating a vast grass-roots installation complete by early June 2014. The closing date for entries is midnight April 30th, 2014. More information for entrants available from www.keelhamfarmshop.co.uk

Fields of Vision curator, Geoff Wood, said: “This project was developed to show off this beautiful landscape and to encourage others share it with us. What better way to view artists’ work than while walking, cycling or even driving these hills and valleys. We have shamelessly used the topography as a means of giving artists both a canvass and a gallery from which to view. Each artist has found a different way of reacting to the properties of the land, its population and the characteristics that brought Le Tour here.”

Artist Catherine Bertola, said: “The Fields of Vision commission has provided a great opportunity to develop a piece of work in response to the history of Holmfirth. It has been fascinating to spend time exploring the area and its heritage. Having grown up in nearby Halifax, I have always been aware of how the textile industry has characterised this part of Yorkshire. Although the industry has now largely disappeared, the traces of it still are still evident in the surrounding landscape and architecture. I hope the work will help draw out this aspect of Holmfirth’s identity to all those who visit during the Tour de France”.

Calderdale Council’s Director of Communities and Business Change, and Vice Chair of the Yorkshire Festival Steering Group, Robin Tuddenham, said: “The Fields of Vision project will create a stunning backdrop to day two of the Grand Depart, creating visually stunning, large scale land art, created by locally based and international artists. By working with young farmers, schools and community groups, the project will really engage with the local community. There will be opportunities for the public to become involved in the creation of the work and experience it in the landscape. The project will animate the Tour de France route, beaming our countryside across the world and leaving a cultural legacy.”

Richard Flint, Chief Executive of Kelda Group and Yorkshire Water, said: “As one of Yorkshire’s biggest landowners, we know all about the spectacular scenery our region has to offer. We were therefore delighted to be able to contribute two pieces of our land for Fields of Vision. This wonderful project will draw people out to enjoy unique installations in some of the most picturesque surroundings you will find anywhere in the UK.”

Fields of Vision will be delivered by a bespoke partnership coordinated by Pennine Prospects and comprising local artistic producers, the arts festivals for Haworth, Hebden Bridge, Holmfirth, the STRI, Ilkley Cycling Club, the Worth Valley and Calderdale Young Farmers Clubs and many more.

Fields of Vision artworks will be visible to the public from May onwards, with the trail complete by 5th June 2014. The project is coordinated by Pennine Prospects and is part of Yorkshire Festival 2014. For more information on the sites visit: www.yorkshirefestival.co.uk

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

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