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2016 Wet Sleddale to Oddendale

Wet Sleddale to Oddendale. A boxed folio of 20 printed photographs on card.

I’m working on a project about Wet Sleddale and the currently flooded quarry at Hardendale. Two man-made waterbodies on either side of the M6 near Shap in Cumbria. One made on purpose in a landscape that is managed as a water catchment and the other a consequence of quarrying. Both are situated in passage of landscape of extraordinary quality which has recently again been excluded from designation as a National Park and whose history of ownership and use challenges the narratives of value upon which designation depends.

This project has been produced in response to an invitation from Highlights Rural Touring to contribute to ‘Paper Scissors Book’, Contemporary Craft Tour, Northumberland, Cumbria and Durham. The work is linked to my other project the Bathymetric Atlas of the English Lake District which will be showing at Blackwell the Arts and Crafts House in Bowness on Windermere at the same time.

The photographs are concerned with the geology and hydrology specific to this area and its history of use and occupation.

This is an area near my home where I regularly walk and I have been taking photographs of it for years. I think of the folio as a book whose pages are not bound together and which can be re-ordered by others. An exhibition in a box if you like. The project is basically a commitment to make four more boxes of 20 photographs, each set of photographs will be different and some may not have been made yet. Each is for sale at £660 including VAT. If you would like to buy or commission one please contact me.

Wet Sleddale to Oddendale. A boxed folio of 20 printed photographs on card.

20 photographs taken with an Olympus e420 digital camera presented in a custom made solander box made at Bookworks Studio, London & printed using an Epson wide format inkjet photo printer on 125mm Cropper’s matt board at Absolute, Kendal.

Each box contains a different selection of photographs which are intended to be handled.

An edition of 5 boxes

© Christian Barnes, 2016, Crosby Ravensworth, All rights reserved.

Paper Scissors Book.

The Exhibition Venues are:

10–21 Sept The Old Courthouse, Shap, Cumbria CA10 3NL
A selected display suitable for the library environment
Open:  10-18 Sept 10am-5pm; 19-21 Sept see further opening times:  www.theoldcourthouse.org –  Also Makers Market on Sunday 11th September at Shap Memorial Hall.  Tel: 01931 716273

23–25 Sept St. Mary’s Church, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria LA6 2AU
Open 10am-4pm.  Tel: 07967 205955

7–12 Oct Crook Library, Civic Centre, North Terrace, Crook, Co. Durham DL15 9ES
A selected display suitable for the library environment.  For opening times, see Crook Library website.  Tel: 0300 026 9002

14–16 Oct St. Thomas’ Church Hall, Stanhope, Co. Durham DL13 2UE
Open 10am-4pm.  Tel: 01388 528673

11–19 Nov The Witham & Barnard Castle Library, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham DL12 8LY.
The library will show a selected display suitable for the library environment. Also Designer Makers Market 18 & 19 Nov: www.designermakersmarket.co.uk – Opening times: The Witham – Tues-Sat 10am-4pm, closed Sun & Mon.  For library hours please see Barnard Castle Library website.  Tel: 01833 631107

26 Nov 2016–7Jan 2017 Queens Hall Arts Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 3LS
Open: 10am-5pm Mon-Fri,10am-4pm Sat, closed Sun.  Also Designer Makers MarketSat 3 Dec. Tel: 01434 652477


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