Cultivation Field – 2012

8th 22nd June 2012
The Exhibition was staged across two venues in Reading: 42 Market Place and The Keep, at 571 Oxford Road. Artists included were: Robyn Appleton, Tom Baskeyfield, Shameela Beeloo, Rebecca Beinart, Camilla Berner, brook & black, Rob Carter, Rachael Champion, Andrew Dodds, Adi Gelbart, Fritz Haeg, Maria Hofstadler, Tom Ingate, Ulrika Jansson, Pil & Galia Kollectiv, Rosalie Kim, Gayle Chong Kwan, Sarah Lewison, Alexandra McGlynn, Stéphanie Nava, Raquel Estrada-Nora, Philip Newcombe, Caitlin Parker, Julian Perry, Minna Pöllänen, Janette Porter, Sneha Solanki, Stih & Schnock, Jo Thomas, Carly Troncale, Charlie Tweed, Jane Cradock-Watson, Elizabeth Wewiora

3rd Floor, 42 Market Place, Reading, RG1 2DE and The Keep, 571 Oxford Road, Reading, RG30 1HL

7th June 2012 17.00 – 19.00 at 42 Market Place and 19:00 – 21:00 at The Keep

Exhibition hours:
8th June 12:00 – 16:00; 9th to 22nd June 12:00 – 18:00 (42 Market Place is closed on Tuesdays)

Cultivation Field Third Thursday:
Event on 21st June 18:00-21:30 at The Keep, presentations by Sarah Lewison, Alexandra MyGlynn, Charlie Tweed, Sophie Payne-Gifford and Maria Deegan

Presentations by:
Sarah Lewison: “Soil Defense!” work with AND AND AND (featured at Documenta 13 Kassel, Germany), on Monsanto hearings and other cultural practices in defense of soil and diversity. Some experiments and speculative exercises that challenge the hubris of new agricultural technologies that presume humans are able to understand and therefore control life’s complexity.

Alexandra MyGlynn: ‘The lie of the land: we can’t sit around making cups of tea’, which considers the history of agrarianism, self determination and gardening projects.  (Time duration: 10 minutes)

Charlie Tweed: The Isles of Grain, Kent. (Time duration: 7 minutes)

Maria Deegan: Bombus Accessio (performance)

Sophie Payne-Gifford:The Global Challenges to Agriculture: Is it all doom and gloom? Climate change, water security, population stress: Global agriculture has a number of challenges it must meet over the next decades. Sophie will discuss these challenges by reviewing the academic and grey literatures. Sophie is a PhD student focusing on innovation and the regulation of pesticides and is based in the University of Reading’s School of Agriculture.

This Cultivation Field exhibition was supported by Arts Council England, Earley Charity, the Art Department at University of Reading, Jelly, Open Hand Open Space, Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Sutton Seeds and Laura’s Organics, with special thanks to Suzanne Stallard and Ingrid Jensen.

Cultivation Field Catalogue
If you would like a printed copy of the Cultivation Field 2012 Exhibition catalogue, then please request using the form on our contact page. The catalogue is printed on recycled paper using vegetable based inks and costs £10 which includes postage.