The Fielden Project
5th – 18th May 2014
Unitarian Church, Todmorden, West Yorkshire
The Fielden Project is an ongoing opportunity to create work for a collective of nine individuals based in and around Todmorden who, from 5th – 18th May 2014 will present an exhibition of site-specific work inside Todmorden Unitarian Church. For the first time in its history the church will serve as a makeshift contemporary art space, hosting work in a range of media – photography, film, sculpture, illustration, sound and text, made in response to the unusual and imposing building and its physical and historical context. The show and an accompanying programme of events will offer subtle new interpretations and ways of considering our relationship to our surroundings.
Todmorden is a town of comings and goings – situated on a major route, an historic cotton trail weaving across the valley side, its landmark viaduct and its central roundabout. It is characterised by movement and connectedness, of people passing through, residing or moving on. There is a subsequent and defining transferral of influence, which historically has contributed to its lasting legacy of agitation, co-operation and revolution. From the uprisings of the 1800s, and meetings on the cobbles outside what is now The White Hart, to endeavours like Incredible Edible, which now has a quiet yet significant global impact. It is this historical legacy of collective power, co-operation and non-conformity, which has inspired this project, which is achieved solely through collective activity and a mutual care in our endeavours and commitment to the place we inhabit.