Over the Horizon at Berry Head – 2012
Berry Head is owned and managed by Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust. Smooth Space and the Trust developed an art project in which 3 artists were commissioned to respond to place.
Berry Head is a National Nature Reserve, a country park, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, contains a Napoleonic era fort which is a schedule monument. It is host to the most southerly breeding colony of guillemots in the UK, has some of the nationally rarest plants, contain a large proportion of Calcareous Grassland of which there is only 22 hectares in the world. British National Vegetation Classification community CG1 (Festuca ovina – Carlina vulgaris grssland – Sub-comunity 2; with Autumn Squill and Portland Spurge.
Three artists, David Harbott, Anna Keleher and Kate Paxman each developed artworks over a period of three months culminating in a month long show located in the interpretive centre and the visitor car park. Anna worked with dog-walkers to make a multi-voiced narrative about the myth and reality of peoples historic and current relationship to The Head. Kate responded to the secluded and mysterious inner quarry to produce an immersive 3-screen video installation for the interpretation centre. David responded to the botany, painting large quadrats depicting the rare grassland onto the visitor car park.
Davids work (above) and Kates work (below) at Berry Head