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Diligent Observation at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Rebecca Chesney - About my work

I am interested in how we perceive land: how we romanticise, translate and define urban and rural spaces.
I look at how politics, ownership, management and commercial value all influence our surroundings and have made extensive investigations into the impact of human activities on nature and the environment.
Exploring the blurred boundaries between science and folklore, my work is also concerned with how our understanding of species is fed by this confused mix of truth and fiction.
My projects take the form of installations, interventions, drawings, maps and walks and are underpinned by research into the protection of the environment, conversations with scientists and a desire to make work specific to chosen locations.

I have been commissioned by
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Compton Verney, Peak, Bronte Parsonage Museum, Grizedale Arts, Bluecoat and Landlife.
Awards include a
Gasworks International Fellowship to CONA in Mumbai and a Lucas Artist Fellowship at Montalvo Art Center in California USA.
I have been invited on residencies to the
Nirox Foundation in South Africa, at Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts, The Lowry and the Wordsworth Trust.

With far-heard whisper, o'er the sea Newlyn Art Gallery 2019

Rural Views (Lancashire) 2019

Distance Springhornhof, Germany 2018

Forewarning Full of Noises, Soundcamp & Cumbria Wildlife Trust 2018

Alla Breve Museo Casa Rurale di Carcente, Italy 2018

Near / Far Montalvo Arts Center, USA 2017

Future Kit Montalvo Arts Center, USA 2017

Invaders Archive ongoing (since 2013)

Snapshot Peak & Brecon Beacons National Park Authority 2016

Particulate Matters In Certain Places commission 2015 - 17

Death by Denim Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston 2015

City Birds AirSpace Gallery, Stoke UK & Atelier Sangatsu, Osaka, Japan 2015

Urban Wild Gasworks fellowship, Cona, Mumbai, India 2013

Irrational Constant Nirox Sculpture Park, South Africa, 2013

Still in Silence the Bluecoat, Liverpool 2013

I'm blue, you're yellow Everton Park, Liverpool 2012 - 18

Hope's Whisper Bronte Parsonage Museum 2012

Diligent Observation Yorkshire Sculpture Park 2011

Dandelion Project ongoing

Dead Wrens University of Aberdeen 2009

Find Mid Pennine Arts, Burnley 2008 / 09

Five Rivers Winter Gardens, Morecambe 2008

Death Equals All Things omnia mors aequat Bolton Museum 2007

Unwanted Pad Gallery, Preston 2006

Map. Volume 1, Coniston Grizedale Arts, Cumbria 2005 / 06

Nightfall the Lowry, Salford 2004 / 05

My Control Pickerings Pasture, Cheshire 2004 / 05

Archive of works 1999 - 2003