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Meadow Arts - the first 20 years is published

24th May 2021

Celebrating our work in a new book

Meadow Arts celebrates 20 years of bringing ambitious and inspiring contemporary art to unexpected rural places with the publication of a new, richly illustrated book; Meadow Arts: the first 20 years.

A colourful art book is open to reveal pictures and text, next to other closed books

From an exhibition in a wildflower meadow to an intervention on the world’s first iron bridge, Meadow Arts has been at the forefront of rethinking the relationship of contemporary art and the countryside since 2002, defying expectations concerning the role and place of art that goes far beyond the white-wall gallery space. We have championed and provided support to dozens of emerging artists and worked with many of the world’s leading names - from Anselm Kiefer and Mona Hatoum to Rachel Whiteread and David Nash.

Meadow Arts: the first 20 years is a celebration and long-lasting record of these extraordinary - and temporary - projects, featuring contributions from the likes of Yinka Shonibare, Laura White and Harminder Judge, alongside photo stories from Mariele Neudecker, Philippa Lawrence and Faye Claridge, and essays from Tom Jeffreys.

"I’d arrived in the UK from Paris in the early 1990s – it was a very urban time in the arts. Not a lot of contemporary artists were showing their work in a rural context so I asked myself: what happens if you ask edgy London artists to come out here to the countryside? And combine that with the best art produced in the regions? Artists were delighted to be asked to do something different, to work outdoors, to work in sites that had histories. And it’s grown from there." - Anne de Charmant, Founder and Artistic Director of Meadow Arts

Order the book here


Close-ups of two men's faces and a woman's face, next to a graphic flower, text with their names aand a book cover image

Hay Festival: Tom Jeffreys, Alex Hartley and Anne de Charmant in conversation

Join us online: Thursday 27 May 2021, 9.30am – 10am
Hay Festival virtual venue: Baillie Gifford Digital Stage

Meadow Arts: the first 20 years will be launched at the 2021 Hay Festival on 27 May with a conversation between Meadow Arts Founding Director and curator Anne de Charmant and artist Alex Hartley, chaired by writer Tom Jeffreys.

Tickets for the online talk are free, but please consider making a donation to support the work of Hay Festival.

Book for the Hay Festival Event here