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FRED - the story of an art invasion

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FRED - the story of an art invasion

ISBN: 0-9549960-0-3
88pp full colour
210mm x 148mm

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For 10 days in October 2004, Cumbria was invaded - by art. 64 artists created over 30 projects across the length and breadth of England's largest county. This book documents waht happened in the very first Art Invasion.

With essays by: Sarah Cant & Nina Morris, Mark Haywood and Russell Mills.

Edited by Kate Brundrett & Hilary Thorn

Designed by Steve Messam

This publication is supported by Arts Council England and Rural Regeneration Cumbria.


About the contributors:

Kate Brundrett is an artist, curator and founder of The Cumbria Network. Kate graduated from Camberwell Arts College in 1998 specialising in graphics and sculpture. She worked for a number of years at The Independent newspaper as a graphic artist, and completed an MA in Art’s Management at City University.

As an artist Kate works in a variety of media, from illustration to installation.Her projects often reflect an aspect of society, from her ‘small wonderments’ and ideas of intrigue, to spontaneous drawings that capture the idiosyncrasies of modern day life. Returning to Cumbria in 2002 she now co-ordinates The Cumbria Network, works with fold to co-ordinate FRED, and manages a number of exhibition spaces and one-off projects.

Hilary Thorn is an artist and freelance project manager based in Liverpool. Hilary was a founder member of artist-led initiative SPLICE, and since graduating in 2000 has curated a diverse range of projects and events in the UK and Australia. Hilary’s artistic practice is concerned with process driven mechanisms that explore alternative methods of distribution and interaction in order to engage with an illusive audience. Having worked for 2 years at FACT (the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) as Exhibition Coordinator, Hilary joined the FRED team at Fold to deliver FRED 2004 and 2005.
Hilary is currently managing Sideshow, an artist-led initiative in Nottingham developed to coincide with the British Art Show 6.

Mark Haywood has an MFA from the University of Northumbria and a PhD from the RCA. He is a theoretician of visual culture and a contextual artist who chooses the medium for each work on the basis of its intertextual contribution to meaning. In 1993 his City Museum of Art & Design was one of the first Locus+ projects and he subsequently spent several years in South Africa, where he established the !Xoe Site-Specific Biennial. Since returning to the UK his works have included the Heritage Lottery commission One Body Politic, which will be installed in a dedicated room at Middlesbrough Town Hall in mid 2006.
Previous academic posts include Professor of Fine Art, Rhodes University, South Africa; he currently has a research post at CLEAR (Centre for Landscape & Environmental Arts Research), Cumbria Institute of the Arts.


Russell Mills is a multimedia artist whose work crosses all boundaries and utilises all mediums.
He has made CD and book covers for the likes of Samuel Beckett, Nine Inch Nails, Brian Eno, Ian McEwan, David Sylvian, Michael Nyman amongst many others. He has exhibited his paintings, created stage sets, made films, produced sound design for film and radio and staged multimedia installations world-wide. Under the project name of Undark he has produced two highly acclaimed CDs and is currently working on a third release. He has lectured in art schools and universities in the UK, USA, Ireland, France and Japan and is currently Visiting Tutor at the Royal College of Art, Honorary Professor at Glasgow School of Art and External Examiner at the  University of the Arts Central St Martins College of Art and Design. Mills lives and works in Ambleside, Cumbria.


Dr Nina J Morris is a Lecturer in Human Geography at the Institute of Geography, University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She has a range of interests: cultural geography, historical geography, creative geographies, art and sculpture, natural landscapes, embodied practices, sensory perception, human-environment relations, experiences of space and place. She has presented her research at a range of national and international conferences. Currently she is the principal investigator on ‘Embodied-sensuous experience and the geographies of landscape art installations’ funded by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland and has just contributed a chapter to Arcade – The Artworks Programme Book due to be published in 2006. Previously she was a Research Associate with OPENspace: The Research Centre for Inclusive Access to Outdoor Environments at Heriot Watt University where she undertook research for English Nature and The Countryside Agency.

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