Some useful things

2015
Stoneware, Glazed ceramic

The work Some Useful Things forms part of a project called The House of Ferment which also includes other works in the exhibition Rough Music at Cass Sculpture Foundation in 2015 including Laure Provoust's table, Bedwyr William's pickled heads and Giles Round's bottles. House of Ferment is a mobile restaurant that focuses on fermentation processes for food preparation and preservation which will be touring internationally over the next 2 years including Japan, Poland and Ireland.

Versions of all the above mentioned works will become part of the equipment of a community catering co-operative set up by Grizedale arts in the village of Coniston. Named The Village Table the co-operative draws on the amateur producers and makers to cater for a wide range of events from art dinners to conventional weddings and working across the UK and Europe.

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About The Artist

Adam Sutherland set up Grizedale Arts, an organisation based on the historic site of Lawson Park farm in the Lake District in the 1980s, which has become his life's project. Grizedale is an experimental and developmental curatorial project that operates as a working farm house and events centre offering residencies, projects, events and community activity. Sutherland initiated Grizedale in order to create a platform where art could have a more applied valuable function through a unique, cross-disciplinary education programme that seeks to develop contemporary art within a new more progressive, available and open framework. Inherent to Sutherland's philosophy is his belief in the necessity and value of art in socio-political progress and therefore it's capacity to effect real cultural, social and political change.

Process is a key factor in many projects at Grizedale Arts, rather than the finished shiny art object. The community near Grizedale is often involved in the development of projects, which Sutherland has always campaigned for in order to allow the public access to the process of art making and contextualise art within a social discourse.

Adam Sutherland

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