Announcing a new World Premiere… The Last Frontier by Kelly Richardson


Announcing a new World Premiere…  The Last Frontier by Kelly Richardson

Today the Festival announces the world premiere of a new, immersive, moving image installation from celebrated North East-based artist Kelly Richardson

Entitled The Last Frontier, the work depicts a fictitious, future landscape in which the frontier forests have disappeared, developing the ideas and technologies that went into Richardson’s recent works, such as Mariner 9. Within the sublime, otherwise empty mountainous terrain is what appears to be an explosion of sorts, an electrical looking, stormy, churning dome which is neither expanding nor receding. Rather than destructive, is this 'Last Frontier' some kind of bio-dome, an artificially created atmosphere meant for the preservation of life, a kind of last stand?

The Last Frontier has been funded by Visual Arts in Rural Communities (VARC), through its Artists’ Projects Fund, Arts Council England and Canada Council for the Arts. VARC is very pleased to have been able to support this project with its largest single award of £5,000.

The large-scale installation will be presented 26th – 29th September, in Berwick’s historic Bankhill Ice House, owned by the Berwick Preservation Trust.

Kelly Richardson said today “I have coveted the Bankhill Ice House ever since I first entered it during the first year of the Berwick Film & Media Arts Film Festival, so I'm absolutely thrilled to be presenting work in it this year. Its underground cave-like/bunker structure perfectly reflects the ideas in the work and as the projection is set within a wintery terrain, the ice house's chilly temperature promises immersion beyond sight and sound."

The installation is being presented in partnership with Visual Arts in Rural Communities, and with the support of the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Sustainable Development Fund.