Fieldwork is now in its 9th year! Here are the events we'll be offering up this year. We hope you will journey out this season with friends and family for a dose of creativity inspired by the land.
- COMING UP SOON! We are excited to be announcing an entirely new event this year. Fieldwork is partnering with 2 women productions and the Ottawa International Writers Festival in presenting Storywork: Telling Tales Rooted in the Land. (see post further down the page). This promises to be a riveting performance with some of our regions finest storytellers who will be exploring the landscapes of traditional folk and fairy tales. With: Marie Bilodeau, Katherine Grier, Daniel Kletke, and Marta Singh. Curated by Jennifer Cayley of 2 women productions. Saturday, September, 24 beginning at 2pm in the loft at Fieldwork. Tickets are on sale now (in advance only) through the OIWF website.
- The 2016 edition of Framework: Words on the Land - Sunday, August 21. This year's roster of writers: John K. Grande, Helen Humphreys, Jonathan Kaplansky, Katherine Graham, Monty Reid, Sandra Ridley, John Steffler, Alissa York, and Pearl Pirie. (Please note that Natale Ghent, Kathleen Winter and Andrew Kaufman - originally listed for the event - are not able to participate). We are so pleased to be partnering again with the Ottawa International Writers Festival (OIWF) in presenting our second writers' weekend and reading. The launch last year of Framework: Words on the Land was a hit with a near sell-out reading in the loft of the barn at Fieldwork. So, we are doing it again this year with a whole new group of writers! A public reading of their work - created over a weekend of in-situ writing in the forest at Fieldwork - will happen Sunday, August 21 beginning at 3pm. Tickets are on sale now (in advance only) through the OIWF website.
- 5 new visual art installations opened Saturday, May 7. Work by Jolie Bird, Janine Miedzik, Marco D'Andrea, Chris Turnbull, and a collaboration between Jerrard and Diana Smith, Gayle Young and Reinhard Reitzenstein (RSSY). Scroll down the page to read more about these installations. The artists explored a multiplicity of perspectives from the suggestive positioning and poetics of words, to the narratives conjured up by an abandoned car situated in a field. We also feature a piece by the children of Brooke Valley School created at an on-site workshop in April. The exhibition continues all year long.
Fieldwork would like to acknowledge the generous contributions made this year by the Ontario Arts Council, National Bank Financial and Foodsmiths. Also support for writers has come from the Canada Council for the Arts via The Writers Union of Canada & The Quebec Writers Federation. We also greatly appreciate the in-kind support for Framework from Fine Chocolate by Ludwig, Sunflower Bake Shop, Little Stream Bakery, and Fieldhouse Cafe. And many thanks too for the donations of time, money, expertise, labour and spirit of numerous supporters. We could not do what we do without you.
If you are interested in volunteering your time and skills we'd love to talk. Please send us an email.
Fieldwork has been funded by the Ontario Arts Council since 2008. We also rely on the generosity of our supporters. We appreciate donations of any size. Please contact us if you would like to discuss donating.
Fieldwork is open to the public daily, all year and free of charge. Just park and walk.
Note: Please remember that it is a natural setting and there are bugs (including ticks). Be sure to dress accordingly and cover up.
Directions to the project are here.
Since its inception in 2008, Fieldwork has been run by a team of artists (The Collective) that volunteer their time and energy to make Fieldwork a vibrant and dynamic destination for the creation and experience of site-specific artwork in and around a field in eastern Ontario, close to the towns of Perth and Maberly.
Fieldwork hosts work by local, national and international artists at various stages of their careers and invites the public to visit and explore the artwork all year long. Fieldwork also hosts workshops in collaboration with other organizations, an annual writers' weekend and reading, and as of this year, a performance of storytellers.
The Collective looks after the site, co-ordinates and promotes projects, shares administrative duties and makes joint curatorial decisions. From time to time the Collective members also create their own Fieldwork installations.
The Fieldwork Collective welcomes proposals from interested artists and circulates a public call for proposals annually in January. Suggestions and proposals for events or workshops are also welcomed from the local community, schools and arts organizations that are interested in fostering connections, dialogue and creative action between people, art, and nature. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
More information on current and past installations can be found by scrolling down this page and/or by looking in the archives in the right hand menu. Be sure to also check out additional photos of the installations - found in the galleries located in the right hand menu.
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Fieldwork is grateful for the support in 2016 from: