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Yorkshire Sculpture Park presents new exhibition in partnership with Art Licks

20 Sep 2017

On the heights
28 October–3 December 2017
Bothy Gallery and open air
Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) presents On the heights, an exhibition of new work, developed in response to the Park’s landscape and heritage by artists Miriam Austin, Sam Belinfante, Tom Lovelace and Frances Scott. The exhibition runs from 28 October until 3 December 2017.
YSP partnered with Art Licks, a London-based arts organisation, to invite the four artists to spend two weeks living and working at the Park in April 2017. On the heights – curated by the Director of Art Licks, Holly Willats, in collaboration with YSP – presents the resulting work in the Bothy Gallery and open air. The works in the exhibition sensitively consider the extraordinary setting of YSP and explore the history, stories and landscape of the area, presenting a new dialogue between nature and experimental contemporary art practice for visitors to explore.
The context of the immediate landscape first listed as ‘waste’ – or in Middle English, ‘shrogges’ – in the Domesday survey of 1086, is the starting point for Frances Scott’s work, Its soil was a plot she do the tree in different voices. Each element – a 16mm projection, written score and sound installation – is experienced as a spectre of the other, as a non-linear, spatial film. The work is presented across three sites: the Bothy Gallery, Archive and 19th-century Camellia House. 
Inside the Bothy Gallery, Sam Belinfante’s audio-visual work explores a disorientation of the senses through storytelling; examining sound within the territory of the visual and of the sculptural. Set in the landscape of the Park, Belinfante filmed William Shakespeare’s ‘play within a play’ – The Mechanicals’ rehearsals and performance of Pyramus and Thisbe – from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Through the work, Belinfante highlights the efforts of labourers – workers who communicate their ideas through their hands – to present a play and to give voice.
Miriam Austin focuses on the history of text and sculpture within the Yorkshire landscape by considering the ways in which folkloric narratives and practices are ‘written’ into the landscape through traces of ritual activity, architecture, monuments and earthworks. Through research into local oral traditions, Austin’s work considers the emergence and development of certain figures and narratives within them. The work prompts the viewer to reflect on the ways in which the stories we have historically told about landscapes inform the ways we conceive of and relate to them now.
Considering slippages in the manipulated landscape, Tom Lovelace’s work prompts moments of uncertainty and doubt across various locations in the Park. The Park’s Upper Lake will be the site of a large sculptural work, partnered by another sculptural piece in the Formal Garden pond and a series of photographic, assemblage works in the Bothy Gallery. Lovelace will also present a new performance work that takes the visitor on an alternative tour of the Park, in which stories and anecdotes about YSP’s history and landscape will be presented, but cannot necessarily be trusted.
On the heights extends YSP’s history of building relationships with and supporting young and emerging artists through the visiting artist programme. Since establishing in 1977, YSP has invested in young artists, making an acknowledged difference to the subsequent careers of many, including Andy Goldsworthy and David Nash. YSP’s most recent visiting artists include South African artist Haroon Gunn-Salie; Central Saint Martin’s YSP Graduate Award recipient Ayesha Tan Jones; and Royal College of Art graduate William Darrell.
Notes to Editors
On the heights is funded by Jerwood Charitable Foundation, The Ampersand Foundation, and Arts Council England – Grants for the Arts. 
Frances Scott’s new work, Its soil was a plot she do the tree in different voices is funded by the Stuart Croft Foundation, with additional support from York Archaeological Trust.
About the artists
Miriam Austin graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Sculpture in 2012. Austin works with sculpture, video and performance to explore the relationship between ritual, myth, ecological fragility, and the politics of the body.
Sam Belinfante has a PhD in Fine Art from the University of Leeds; and an MA from the Slade School of Fine Art. Along with filmmaking and photographic work, his practice incorporates curating, sound and performance. 
Tom Lovelace studied Art History at Goldsmiths College, University of London and Photography at Arts University Bournemouth. Reoccurring concerns in Lovelace’s practice are labour, documentation and repetition.
Frances Scott studied History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art (BA, 2003), and Fine Art at Wimbledon College of Art (MA, 2010). Scott works with moving image and text, presented through screenings, installations, events and publications. Recent works have considered the rich material that exists around the periphery of the cinematic production and its apparatus.
About Holly Willats
Holly Willats is an independent curator and the Director of the arts organisation, Art Licks. Having founded Art Licks in 2010, she has since edited 21 issues of its magazine, directed five editions of its London festival (the Art Licks Weekend) and produced and curated various artist events, including those at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art, and South London Gallery, and the New Art Centre, Salisbury. This year, whilst running Art Licks she also carried out a curatorial residency at FLORA ars+natura in Bogotá, Colombia (funded by Arts Council England & British Council), and co-curated the exhibition House Work at 53 Beck Road, London.
About Art Licks
Art Licks launched in 2010 and has since grown to provide an essential platform and voice for the lesser-known and under-represented activities that form the grassroots of visual culture in the UK. The organisation currently exists in several strands of activity: as a website, tours, events, printed magazine, commissioning programme, and its festival, the Art Licks Weekend. artlicks.com


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Miriam Austin, Sequence for White Wells, digital video still, 2017. Courtesy the artist and Art Licks

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Sam Belinfante, The Mechanicals, 2017. Film still. Courtesy the artist and Art Licks

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Tom Lovelace, Bouy, 2017. Courtesy the artist and Art Licks

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Frances Scott, Its soil was a plot she do the tree in different voices, 2017. Film still. Courtesy the artist and Art Licks

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Miriam Austin at YSP. Courtesy the artist and Art Licks

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Sam Belinfante at YSP. Courtesy the artist and Art Licks

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Tom Lovelace at YSP. Courtesy the artist and Art Licks

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Frances Scott at YSP. Courtesy the artist and Art Licks

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