Walk and Talk with artists Heather Peak and Rebecca Chesney

2nd September 2021

Join us at Yorkshire Sculpture Park on 15th September for a walk and talk with artists, Rebecca Chesney and Heather Peak. Both artists currently have projects at YSP and will guide us around the Park talking about their shared interests and the common themes that run through their practices.

The Oak Project’s first commission, located at the Upper Lake, Silence – Alone in a World of Wounds, was created by Heather Peak and Ivan Morison. The installation embodies Peak and Morison’s 15-year practice to transcend the division between art and architecture and create a space for visitors to notice and reflect on their relationship to nature.

Chesney’s current project at YSP, Our Future Sorrows, invites visitors to participate by adding to a digital map of bees and bee-friendly plants. Chesney aims to reignite conversations about the importance of bees, threats to bee populations and what we can all do to help.

About the Artists

Rebecca Chesney was a YSP Visiting Artist in 2010 and spent time surveying the parkland for species of bumblebees and solitary bees and the plants they feed on. After setting up two honey beehives on site, she shadowed the regional bee inspector to learn beekeeping skills and observe the life cycle of the honey bee at close range.

Chesney’s work looks at our complex relationship with the natural world by engaging with issues of culture, politics and power. Her artworks, which take the form of installations, videos, drawings, maps and walks, are often created in response to specific places and underpinned by environmental research.

Heather Peak works collaboratively with Ivan Morison. In 2003 they set up Studio Morison, an artist led creative practice. They have established an ambitious collaborative practice integrating art, architecture, theatre and social practice. The expanding team includes creatives, makers, engineers, visualisers and associate performers, artists, musicians, curators, consultants and fabricators. Central to their work is the mission of bringing meaning, beauty and purpose into everyday life.

Heather Peak and Ivan Morison are based in Herefordshire and Gwynedd, where they have owned a woodland for over 20 years.

Access: Suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs

Meeting point: YSP Visitor Centre Info Desk

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