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Kurt Jackson

Place (2014)

Place (2014)

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This book documents the Place Project – a collaboration between the visual artist Kurt Jackson and 32 contemporary writers. Jackson invited each writer to choose, and then justify in words a Place in Britain. Then, in an epic series of journeys Jackson visited and worked at each chosen location responding with a series of paintings, drawings and sculptures. 

Contributors  and their chosen places include:

    •    Andy Atkins, Friends of the Earth (Royal Festival Hall)

    •    Mark Cocker, nature writer (Blackwater Carr, Norfolk)

    •    Ian Collins, art critic (Bat Hall, Dorset)

    •    Jim Crace, writer (Spaghetti Junction)

    •    Helen Dunmore, writer/poet (Paddington station)

    •    Michael Eavis, festival organiser (Glastonbury Festival site)

    •    Patrick Gale, writer (A30,West Cornwall) 

    •    Jimmy Goodwin, musician (Wapley Hill Fort, Herefordshire)
    •    Lord John Krebs, Oxford University (Wytham Woods)

    •    Robert Macfarlane, writer (Cairngorm)

    •    Philip Gross, poet (Severn Estuary)

    •    Richard Mabey, nature writer (Rickmansworth canal)  

    •    Steve Marshall, gallery director (Badbury Rings)

    •    Alice Oswald, poet (Scorriton, Dartmoor)

    •    Prof Charles Thomas, archaeologist (Tintagel Castle) 

    •    John Vidal, journalist (The Panorama, Llangollen) 

    •    Bob Wilson, Director, Greenpeace (River Ouse, Ely)

The project demonstrates not only the diversity of British landscape but more fundamentally will give insights into the concept of Place – the sense of Place, encompassing that collective sense of identity, meaning, longing, nostalgia and attachment within the British psyche.

Kurt Jackson: Place runs:
Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton: 14/10/14 - 7/3/15
Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro: 28/3/15 - 2/10/15
Victoria Art Gallery, Bath: 10/10/15 - 3/1/16

  • Softcover: 176 pages
  • 100 illustrations
  • 32 contributors
  • Publisher: Sansom & Company
  • ISBN: 978 1 908326 54 6
  • 26.5 x 22.5 x 1.5cm
  • Signed

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