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The Space Invaders commissions were funded by Arts Council England and Kent County Council. The Toolkit was compiled by FrancisKnight.

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Group Exhibition

Luce Choules // Lucy Steggals
Artists in Residence Space Invaders commissions 2012: Faversham // Blue Town
Originally shown in Kent as separate exhibitions during March this year, this show brings together these two bodies of work at the Ground Floor Left gallery space in Hackney, London. Exhibition dates are Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th June (12-5pm), and the Private View date is Friday 22nd (6–9pm).

Luce Choules Tide [a display of photography, films, and maps]
Lucy Steggals Colour Mining Blue [an archive of photography, film and audio]

Tide 2012

Luce Choules

© Matt King 2012

© Matt King 2012

© Matt King 2012

The exhibition featured maps, photographs, film works, and objects.

Whilst I have traversed the trail for water, I have also made work under the theme of Barriers. For more information, please visit my Mappalogue site.

The Ham Marshes are covered in shallow pools suspended by soft undulating grassy grazing land.

     

Territoires Emergents / Emerging Territories 2009

Luce Choules

© Thomas Nicq 2009

Les images uniques contiennent des informations rassemblées sur le terrain. Ces photographies individuelles éclairent une rencontre personelle et ouvrent une reflexion sur the questions plus vastes soulevées par une région ou un lieu.

Territoires Emergents / Emerging Territories 2009

Virginie Laurent / Anna Katharina Scheidegger / Victor Costales & Julia Rometti

© Thomas Nicq 2009

© Thomas Nicq 2009

© Thomas Nicq 2009

The residency finished in August, the publication is at the printers and the exhibition has opened. In addition, I will be exhibiting the publication and giving an artist’s talk in the Education Room at the Royal Geographical Society Explore 2009 event in mid-November.

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Exhibition prints (1 & 2) simply attached to the walls of the gallery with map pins.

Both images show reclaimed landscapes – significant areas in a network of waters that encourage biodiversity in the region. There are many sites of natural and scientific interest in the Parc Naturel linked by the water flowing in, temporarily held, and flowing out of Nord Pas-de-Calais.

Although the mining activity on this site ceased in 1989, the collection of buildings for the pithead have been preserved for visitors. Being an early riser (especially when I’m camping), I turned up way too early so I went to explore the town and surrounding countryside. When I returned a couple of hours later the gates were open and I found myself joining a ‘tour’ of the site – although it wasn’t any old tour. Instead, I found myself with government officials, council planners and representatives from institutions and organisations making plans for the site to be used for arts and culture activities. Brilliant.

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This was the highlight of the tour around Arenberg – the P-88 worker’s train and the staircase that led to the viewing platform about a hundred meters above the pithead. From the top you can see across the park for hundreds of kilometres and really get to see how it all fits together.

There are several well-established cycling and walking routes in the Parc Naturel Régional Scarpe-Escaut – I visited them all during my six-week residency in the park. One of my favourites took me under the pithead winding gear frame at Sabatier.

For more information see the PNRSE website.

This was an amazing place – a truly resourceful initiative to allow water to reclaim this former mining site and transform it into a lake for swimming and rowing. On the outskirts of the site I managed to find some of the remains of the mining activity – heaps that are prone to outbreaks of fire.

As part of the ongoing series of work Logged, I looked for log piles in the forests as I cycled through the park. Rather than documenting the loss of the tree, in these works I am interested to record the piles in their seasoning mode. I made a series of studies which will be made into multiple-image works at a later date.

 

The railways crisscrossed this region at the height of the mining activity, but as the industry declined, the railways revised their routes and many lines disappeared into trees and vegetation. It reminded me of the potential for green cycling routes such as the Avenue Verte from Dieppe to Forges-les-Eaux, a great example of traffic-free cycling in northern France.

Whilst I have traversed the park for water, I have also made work under the themes of Landmarks, Barriers, Stronghold and Orientation. For more information, please visit my Mappalogue site.

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