Launch Event: The Lawes of the Marches

Thursday 18th September / 6PM @ Gymnasium Gallery

New commission | World Premiere

A chance to meet Berwick’s artist in residence Katie Davies, who through her new work, explores how communities mark out the border land beneath the shadow of the Referendum.

For The Lawes of the Marches, Davies has spent the past six months filming hundreds of personal stories of participants involved in the Common Ridings, all along the border of England and Scotland. An ancient tradition designed to preserve boundaries; the Riding of the Bounds takes on new significance in the lead up to the referendum. 

This launch event will include an artist talk by Katie Davies, drinks, and live musical performance.

In partnership with Berwick Visual Arts.

Emphasizing the communal process of commemoration, ritual and performance, Davies explores the politics of spectatorship, her installations valuing what is invisible and experiential, over a definitive image or document of eventhood. Previous projects include 38th Parallel, working with the UN Armistice Commission and United States Forces in Korea to film within the Korean Demilitarized Zone, working with The British Home Office, Sheffield City Council and Yorkshire Artspace Society to film Commonwealth, a film observing British Citizenship Ceremonies and working with The Royal British Legion and Wootton Basset Town Council to film The Separation Line, an installation portrait of the British repatriation ceremonies that transformed Royal Wootton Basset in 2011.

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Artist Katie Davies Country UK Year 2014 Duration 90 minutes