30 April 2020
Artist Marcus Coates has been working with Kettle’s Yard to form The Royston Assembly, a group of residents in Royston, Hertfordshire that meet regularly to explore important issues and questions that have been put forward by individuals, communities and organisations from across the world. Responding to the need for radically different approaches to decision-making in society, the group uses imaginative techniques to provide new perspectives and insight to these issues. The group meets in Royston Cave, a unique and mysterious subterranean structure that lies beneath a busy street, re-purposing its historic function as a site of ritual to imbue it with an important new civic function.
Unfortunately the production of the film has been delayed by the Covid-19 crisis. We hope it will be released later in 2020. It will be screened at Kettle’s Yard as part of an exhibition that will include other material generated by the work of the group in the months leading up to and during the Covid-19 crisis, including clothing and masks that are worn during meetings. Please check the New Geographies and Kettle’s Yard websites for more information later in the year and sign up here to receive Kettle’s Yard’s newsletter.
Nominated Location: Royston Cave, Hertfordshire.
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.
Leah Millar was born in 1982 in Belfast and is an artist and film-maker whose practice is inspired by both the relationships she forms with nature and the material experience of constructed audiovisual landscapes. Often relating to particular sites, her films build worlds in which ideas about agency, memory and the physical and psychic experience of environments can be explored.