About Us

Quarrylab is a residential model that allows a deeper engagement and exchange on several levels: personal; institutional; inter-generational (traditional & contemporary); cross disciplinary. It is a sharing of artistic worlds and development of practice, allowing all artists the chance to engage with and have an impact upon the space itself.

Artists may visit for two to four days initially, and may include walks and visits to specific sites, recording or working on the landscape, individually and collaboratively. There is the possibility of presentations, studio visits, discussions or meeting with other practitioners. It is a time to reflect and contemplate next steps, with no pressure to produce, yet the opportunity to do so.

Quarry is a not for profit organisation. No one pays to come to Quarry and there is no stipend. We believe in the concept of exchange of artistic expression.

Aims

  • To provide a reflective meditative space in a rural community setting in which visiting artists from culturally diverse backgrounds, and operating outside their usual working contexts, can develop work and ideas that may enhance their future practice, and whereby creative, practical or intellectual challenges in their work may be sympathetically uncovered or resolved.
  • To work with international and local creative practitioners, at varying stages of their careers, whose primary motivation is one of research and experimentation, and whose work in the main examines issues relating to land, people and the rural / urban dialogue.
  • To form working partnerships with high profile organisations within the fields of education, science and conservation, establishing a creative environment in which to discover art in a wide context, and a provide a seed-bed for the development of new global networks in the context of cultural diversity.

The Place

Quarry, set in North Nottinghamshire, is a beautiful and evocative rural location which offers a unique juxtaposition of topographical features.

Close to the run down villages of the now extinct coalfield, the remains of the ancient woodlands of Sherwood Forest, the working quarry, and large country estates of the Dukeries with their private lakes and woodlands.

Near to the prehistoric caves of Creswell Crags, where evidence has been found of the presence of ice age man, one treads in the footprints of the ancient world and yet one cannot help but be affected also by the presence of the local working quarry, the industry of today. Modern man also leaving his mark on the landscape.

Being part of the ever changing landscape, adapting and moving with it, we propose a moment to delve deeper. To remove the glass from the window frame and reach out. As we grapple, in our worlds, negotiating the new and old, tradition and shifts in culture, venturing back and forth into our shared history our shared tomorrow, always from this moment in time.

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