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A young woman with a dark brown complexion and black afro hair stands at a bus stop, next to a road with houses on. The woman is inside a frame supporting a hobby horse, which has a purple plastic head and a long blonde mane. The woman holds a staff with colourful circular symbols at the top and a hand with the forefinger and little finger pointing upwards. White text overlaid reads, 'What care I for your gold and silver?'

Lucy Wright - Plough Witches

Meadow Arts digital commission, 2021.

A drawing of a stone carved dragon, whose body is made of curlicues linked together. It is drawn in green and blue and yellow flames come from its mouth. The background is turquoise.

Martha Kelsey - Mirrors in Stone

Meadow Arts digital commission, 2021.

Two photos are next to each other. The left one is a view across fields with boulders dotted across them, a stone gatepost is painted with the words 'Keep Out'. The second image is a close up of a bread slicing machine from a factory, with white sliced loaves on its belt.

Craig Pavid Parr - TEMPORARY PHANTASMOUS ZONE

Meadow Arts digital commission, 2021.

An archive black and white photograph of a gypsy roma family. A motherin a headscarf and father in a flat cap, a cigarette in his mouth, pose with nine children from a babe in arms up to around 12 years old.

Daniel Turner - Kipsi

Meadow Arts digital commission, 2021.

A young woman with a dark brown complexion and black afro hair stands at a bus stop, next to a road with houses on. The woman is inside a frame supporting a hobby horse, which has a purple plastic head and a long blonde mane. The woman holds a staff with colourful circular symbols at the top and a hand with the forefinger and little finger pointing upwards. White text overlaid reads, 'What care I for your gold and silver?'A drawing of a stone carved dragon, whose body is made of curlicues linked together. It is drawn in green and blue and yellow flames come from its mouth. The background is turquoise.Two photos are next to each other. The left one is a view across fields with boulders dotted across them, a stone gatepost is painted with the words 'Keep Out'. The second image is a close up of a bread slicing machine from a factory, with white sliced loaves on its belt.An archive black and white photograph of a gypsy roma family. A motherin a headscarf and father in a flat cap, a cigarette in his mouth, pose with nine children from a babe in arms up to around 12 years old.

RURALities

1 May - 11th July

Online and in three county museums

Meadow Arts’ first digital commissioning programme, RURALities explores the multiplicity of rural experiences. The ‘rural’ often conjures up images of rolling hills, idyllic views of farmland and hedges, but within that landscape live many people with vastly different experiences and complex relationships with the land, as well as to one another. Though not usually associated with the rural experience, the digital dimension has been used by artists in this programme as a formidable critical tool to reflect on rural narratives.

RURALities has brought together four specially selected artists committed to investigating the rural in their practices, though they come from different places and backgrounds within the rural West Midlands and beyond. The artists were given access to the collections of three regional Museums (Shrewsbury, Worcester and Hereford), to investigate rural narratives lying dormant within their collections. They also embarked on specific investigations by travelling in the physical landscape, meeting groups and individuals who were best placed to speak of the culture, history and resonance of these landscapes.

These works have culminated in desktop performances, inter-dimensional reporting, re-animating gendered folklore traditions and the mirroring of the past and the present through the re-drawing of historical rural sites. Through a newly-formed partnership, Vivid Projects played a key role in mentoring the four artists in 1-2-1 and group sessions, introducing them to the digital practices and methods necessary for expanding their practice and supporting their ambitions.

The artworks will be hosted on Meadow Arts website, accompanied by a series of online launch events for each of the four selected artists from 1 – 16 May. The work will also be exhibited in regional museums from 17 May – 11th July, at Hereford Museum & Art Gallery, Worcestershire County Museum at Hartlebury Castle and Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, ensuring that it’s more accessible to people who don’t use the internet and also connecting to objects from each museum’s collection that have inspired the artworks.

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RURALities online & live

The works will be launched online - visit our RURALities Events page for dates and links.

Plus county museum exhibitions:

17 May to 27 June

Martha Kelsey’s work will be shown in the street front windows at Hereford Museum & Art Gallery, Broad Street, Hereford HR4 9AU

www.herefordshire.gov.uk

18 May to 11th July

Lucy Wright and Craig David Parr’s work will be at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, The Square, Shrewsbury SY1 1LH

www.shropshiremuseums.org.uk/smag/

17 May to 8th july

Dan Turner’s work will be at Worcestershire County Museum, Hartlebury Castle, Hartlebury, Worcestershire DY11 7XZ

www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk