Wayfaring (June 2018)

And Now:

Photo by Moon Saris

Wayfaring is a journey of exploration, inspired by the present landscape and ancient routes, a series of artworks, inviting audiences to think about movement and migration, how we arrive at, understand, inhabit and leave a space.  

Using local and found materials, the artists crafted each installation for the audience to move through, investigate and contribute to; culminating in a resolution event with music, performance and fire transforming the installation into an intimate celebration.

Wayfaring, a major new landscape art commission by And Now:, was at the heart of the ambition three-year landscape art project Life Cycles and Landscapes that ran from 2016-2019.  The project was partnership between Activate, producers of the Inside Out Dorset festival, artists And Now: and Landscapes for Life, the National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, 

Wayfaring took place in four locations in 2018: Wells in Norfolk as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Basildon Park in Berkshire in the Thames Valley in partnership with the National Trust, the Newbury Corn Exchange and 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space, Maiden Castle in Dorset, as part of Activate’s Inside Out Dorset festival; plus the Dutch island of Terschelling, as part of the Oerol festival. 

Using local materials and a travelling lightweight toolkit the artists spent a week on site creating installations that audiences could move through, investigate and contribute to. On the final evening, fire, music and performance transformed the installations with celebrations for everybody there to come together, their paths crossing at that one time at that one place.

'…we worked to create environments and experiences where artists and audiences could experience and connect together with the places where we all found ourselves… a compassionate understanding that people and all living things move at different speeds and ever have done.'  And Now: Mandy Dike and Ben Rigby

Oerol Festival is an annual 10 day site specific landscape arts festival on the island of Terschelling in the north of the Netherlands.  Since its beginnings in 1982, Oerol has grown into the one of the most exceptional festivals in Europe, where every June the island is transformed into a unique natural stage for theatre, dance, art installations and music.  Recent projects display a combination of arts, science and nature.; shaping new aspirations for the festival with audiences participating as fieldworkers in laboratory projects.   The shows and lab-projects are created for the specific locations in which they take place with the islands special landscapes serving as source of inspirations and as a stage.

Work title: Wayfaring

Artist: And Now:

Year: June 2018

Festival: Oerol 2018

Country: NL

Type: Presentation / Residency