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Marcus Coates is working with Kettle’s Yard to develop a new work inspired by Royston Cave, a unique subterranean structure adorned with medieval carvings that sits below a busy street in Royston, Hertfordshire. The original purpose of this space is unknown, though theories suggest it could have been used as a secret place of worship by the Knights Templar, or by King James I.

Coates’ project will aim to give this historic space a new civic function for 21st century Royston. Responding to the emerging need for radically different approaches to decision-making in society, Coates will form a new group of local citizens who will activate the cave as a space for engaging imaginatively and non-rationally with issues that are affecting the people of Royston and beyond.

Look out for more information, events and ways to get involved on Kettle’s Yard’s website and around Royston.

This is one of ten site-responsive projects commissioned through New Geographies, a partnership between nine arts organisations in the East of England. New Geographies aims to create a new map of the East of England based on personal thoughts, reflections and stories of unexplored or over-looked places, rather than historic or economical centres.

Marcus Coates was born in 1968 in London, where he lives and works. Coates has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally. Exhibitions and performances include: The Land We Live In, The Land We Left Behind, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, 2018; Functional Improvisation with percussionist Terry Day, William Morris Gallery, London, 2017; As Above, So Below, IMMA, Dublin, 2017; Ape Culture, HKW Berlin, 2015; The Trip, Serpentine Gallery, London and Implicit Sound, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, 2011; Psychopomp, Milton Keynes Gallery, 2010; Marcus Coates, Kunsthalle Zurich, Switzerland, 2009; Altermodern, Tate Triennial, Tate Britain, London, 2009. He won the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award in 2008 and the Daiwa Foundation Art Prize in 2009.

Apple Service Provider, 2018. Photo: Andy Gott