In collaboration with the Barbican and Abandon Normal Devices (AND), FIELDWORK was a gathering of 30 producers, curators, artists, designers, and thinkers from around the world and across artistic practices.
Meeting in the context of AND Festival 2017, this year taking place in the village of Castleton in the heart of the UK’s Peak District, FIELDWORK aimed to develop a new, international community to generate and implement ideas for multi-disciplinary arts projects that engage with social and societal challenges we all face.
Alongside artists and independent practitioners, organisations participating included Barbican, BFI, FACT, Goldsmiths University of London, In Company Collective, Liverpool Biennial, Manchester School of Arts, The Photographer's Gallery and V&A. We also hosted international practitioners and producers from Argentina, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia and South Africa.
Photo taken by Chris Foster
Over three days this cultural expedition blended facilitated sessions with freedom to talk, walk and explore the festival and the landscape. FIELDWORK is designed to encourage new international collaborations and forms of cultural leadership to support work which is accessible, socially-engaged, and deals with complex and urgent social questions at a human scale.