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Simone ten Hompel
A Field of Silver, Silver in a Field


Gallery Flow, London
and touring

May 2 - June 8, 2002
tour dates in 2002/03

project initiation and curation, two pieces in exhibition
co-curator: Andreas Fabian

A Field of Silver, Silver in a Field - catalogue pages

A Field of Silver, Silver in a Field was a three- day project initiated by Simone ten Hompel and Andreas Fabian in September 2001. Ten silversmiths were invited to make works in silver without their usual tools in a field in South Oxfordshire The work raised questions around the thinking, knowledge and methodologies of 21st Century crafts practice by displacing the participants from their usual workshop environment, and forced them to think about who they are, and how they operate as makers, when they are unable to rely on their normal sets of tools.

By asking the participants to engage directly with the landscape, the project formed contextual links with the land -art movement and sought to discover whether silversmithing could, like fine art, free itself from the need to produce a barter/exchange object.

Each participant was provided with flat silver sheet and wire, a guillotine and a blow-torch. Additional materials and tools could be gleaned from the immediate landscape. Each participant was asked to leave all tools and traces of their working methods as part of the project.

An exhibition documented the project in London, Scotland and Germany, and was accompanied by a catalogue containing a paper by each of the makers involved.

Slideshow: Simone ten Hompel - A Field of Silver, Silver in a Field

This project received funding from Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, Arts Council England, Southern Arts and London Guildhall University. Sheffield Assay Office provided the makers with 15 kilos of fine silver.

Touring Exhibition:

May 2 - June 8, 2002: Gallery Flow, London

July 7 - August 4, 2002: Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

September 7 - October 12, 2002: Gallery Detail Zwo, Dusseldorf

January - February 2003: Millennium Galleries, Sheffield

Please also refer to hardcopy items for this output.

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