The Tree Charter campaign and Common Ground have curated a series of artist residencies throughout 2017 to mark the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest and to support the new Charter for Trees, Woods and People.
These residencies are taking place in Belfast, Lincoln, Dorset, the Scottish Highlands, Yorkshire, Cornwall, Cumbria and Carmarthenshire. Each artist has been commissioned to create a work that explores the interactions between trees and communities that are particular to each locality, and to tell a story about the utility of wood and its enduring presence in the art and heritage of the British Isles. Alongside educational workshops and various community events, the eight residencies encompass architecture, painting, performance, video, drawing, sculpture and poetry.
Most of the works made during these residencies are site-specific, located in the place they are made, but elements of all the residencies will be gathered together and exhibited at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park from May to September 2018, as part of a show celebrating the work of Common Ground, which will also include the work of artists such as Andy Goldsworthy, John Hubbard, David Nash, Posy Simmonds, Ellie Davies, Peter Randall-Page, Clifford Harper and James Ravilious.
Treefolds in Cumbria
“Trees matter, and that means every tree, including outliers and the craggy loners.”
Harriet and Rob Fraser are building a series of drystone ‘folds’ in Cumbria that will embrace new trees, offering a space for people to sit and pause, and revisit the trees over the years. Each ‘treefold’ will contain some stones carved with Harriet’s poetry – the poem can be read individually or as one long poem threading its way across the landscape. The drystone treefolds are being made with local stone by a master waller, using vernacular techniques that date back more than a thousand years.