Always Rising

Doremi2018, Art Gene, Barrow-in-Furness, 3 – 18 November 2018

Always Rising film extract

Three channel projection, postcards, ‘boat’ blue shelves and toy boat.

A toy boat journeys to three locations on Walney Island. It could be fishing, pleasure seeking or linked to industry, in the past, present or future.

‘Of all the art that purports to be about place, very little can be said to be truly of place.’

Lucy Lippard, Lure of the Local, 1997

As an artist who is interested in the importance of place to practice, this quote has been at the forefront of my thinking while making this work. Is it possible to produce ‘site-sensitive’ work when on location for only a week? In Barrow, with its complex relationships with industry and nature, is it possible to create something that asks questions in a way that adds something to its already rich townscape?

I wanted to use Doremi2018 as an opportunity to continue to question my methods of making and the use of place within my work. Always Rising is an experiment, not only in producing work quickly, but also in asking questions and not necessarily having the answers (for now at least).

What will stay with me from my time in Barrow is ‘Semper Sursum’, the town’s motto, spoken with true Barrovian pride. 

Laura M R Harrison

DoremiResidency is an annual group project that invites emerging artists from around the country to Cumbria. It aims to forge links between artists and arts organisations based in urban and rural settings. In 2018 the project took place at Art Gene in partnership with Full of Noises and Signal Film & Media. Artists were in residence at Art Gene for a week, creating new work – from sculpture to performance and film – in response to the site and surrounding area. The residency culminated in a weekend of public events, exhibition and artist film screening. 

This limited edition set of postcards was derived from Always Rising created for Doremi2018. A set can be purchased for £7 including UK P&P with £1 going to the UK charity Shelter. Limited to 100 sets. Please use the contact form to enquire.


© Copyright Laura M R Harrison.