Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Meadow Arts Performance Day

Performance Day at Croft Castle

Croft Castle, Yarpole, nr Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 9PW

Bank Holiday Monday 3rd May 2010 11am – 4pm

Shrewd, subtle and not without humour, live Performance Art is a rare treat. Meadow Arts has invited nine artists to give a series of performances throughout the day in various locations at Croft Castle (National Trust). This is also an occasion to see the exciting contemporary art exhibition Tell it to the Trees which runs until September 2010

All performances, locations and times are weather permitting

Juneau Projects will be performing a set of their recent songs using custom-made electronic instruments that draw upon pastoral and digital folklore.

Holly Davey will lead several fictional guided tours poised between fact and fiction that explore broken dreams and forgotten lives at Croft Castle

Dan Whitehouse’s May’s DAY, May’s DAY is a unique and at times comical examination into the social and cultural significance of ‘Bank Holiday-ism’

Sparky Mark Baldwin’s Green Man: Crossing The Lime will occur within the spatial structure of a fallen lime tree. With the body as a medium, lines will be drawn through the space to explore the relationship between landscape and body, and the meeting point of stillness and movement. The body may appear static but will be moving very slowly, reflecting the tree's growth. At any given moment, all that is seen is a single dot or part of the line, thus the entirety of this work will only be visible via the medium of time-lapse filming or stitched photographs.

Mark Richards will be entirely dependent upon others for his survival while he lives for 3 days in the Croft woodlands (see

Alex Metcalf invites us to discover what is happening inside a tree by listening through headphones to the voice of a tree

Nathaniel Pitt will be making a slow procession throughout the grounds of Croft. He will be pulling a fleet of flagships and a drinks globe.

Lee Hassall will be giving a performance and site reading on the Castle terrace with as backdrop and subject, the huge view of the Welsh Border landscape

Lenny Alsop is a Herefordshire based storyteller whose performances have variously been described as ‘animated’ ‘playful’ and ‘dramatic’. Organised in partnership with Arts Alive.

Amazing Arts Question Machine look out throughout the day for Sid Bowfin performing with the Amazing Arts Question Machine and create your own picture of Herefordshire and watch what others create.

Curated by Anne de Charmant and Lee Hassall

The Woodland Trust’s Ancient Tree Hunt is supporting the Tell it to the Trees event where artists such as Alex Metcalf are helping celebrate the ancient trees at Croft Castle in unusual and beautiful ways. Show us your support by visiting and either register or simply record a visit to one or more of the fantastic trees at Croft Castle.