Tom Baskeyfield

Place / Ecology / Matter / Spirit

Tom Baskeyfield


Over recent years my practice has developed in response to the ecological crisis we find ourselves in and a concern for how we got here.

I am moved to seek out the connections and relationships we have with each other and the earth. This takes me back to the land where I am drawn, in particular, to fields and quarries, seeing them as potential bridging places, sites of interaction between ourselves and the planet.

The relationship we have with the land is deeply complex, formed over millennia. I see art as a lens, and a language, to explore this relationship and to respond and communicate.


Over the past three years I have been working with photographer Mario Popham on 'Shaped by Stone'. Initially commissioned for the Barnaby Festival in Macclesfield, 'Shaped by Stone: Strata to Streets' has gone on to be exhibited at GroundWork Gallery, King's Lynn and PAPER Gallery, Manchester. We have also presented and discussed the project at conferences in Plymouth, Dartington, and Sheffield. In 2017, with backing from HOME Manchester, we were awarded funding by Arts Council England to pursue the second leg of the project: 'Flesh and Stone'.

In Strata to Streets we looked closely at a hillside quarry (now a country park) - Tegg's Nose - and it's relationship to Macclesfield Town Centre. We sought to draw attention to the pink gritstone jutting out of the earth up on the hill and the journey it took to lie as flagstones, setts and facing stones in the town. For Flesh and Stone we have shifted our gaze from the local to the national and international. From the hills, and rooftops, of Macclesfield we have looked across the Cheshire Plains to the mountains of North Wales. Here we have been focussing on slate and its relationship to the industrial north of England.

trbinside@hotmail.com
www.shapedbystone.com
www.tombaskeyfield.blogspot.com

CV

Exhibitions:

2020:
. In Steps of Sundew Fermynwoods Contemporary Arts, The Arches, Fineshade Wood, Nr Corby, Northants (To open April 10th)

2019:
. The Wales Contemporary Waterfront Gallery, Pembrokeshire; Mall Galleries, London (October – November)
. To The Fore Silk Mill Studios, Frome (April)

2018:
. Black Swan Open Black Swan, Frome (October)
. Techne (group show) Neo Arts, Bolton (August)
. Of Flesh and Stone HOME, Manchester (March – April)

2017:
. For Space (group show) Paper, Manchester (May – June)
. On the Stony Path (w/ herman de vries & Sibylle Eimermacher) GroundWork Gallery, King’s Lynn, Norfolk (March – July)

2016:
. Northern Light SIA Gallery, Sheffield Hallam University (Showing elements of Shaped by Stone) (July)
. Shaped by Stone (Commissioned by The Barnaby Festival) duel venue in Macclesfield Town Centre and Tegg’s Nose Country Park (June)

2015:
Monoliths of the Field Commissioned by Sale Waterside Arts centre (August – September)

2014:
. Soil Culture Forum Falmouth University (July)
. bir! bir! The Art Yard, Macclesfield (June – July)
. The Walking Encyclopedia Air Space Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent (February – March)

2013:
Android 4 Piccadilly Place, Manchester (June)

2012:
. Cultivation Field Various venues in Reading (June)
. Barnaby Festival Macclesfield (June)

2011:
. Square Eyes 3 - Da2011 The Exchange, Penzance, Cornwall (October)
. Sensing Earth: Art and Environment (MA show spilt over two venues)
. University College Falmouth, Cornwall (September)
. Kestle Barton, Cornwall (September)
. MA interim show CCANW, Haldon Forest Park, Exeter, Devon.

2010:
Local Perspectives Barnaby Festival, Macclesfield (June)

2009:
. IV Rogue Studios Project Space, Manchester (October)
. Unique Perspectives Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk (September-October)
. Baskeyfield & Machell Red Gallery, Hull. (August-September)
. A New View Dukes Court Artists Studios, Macclesfield (March)

2008:
. Art Transpennine 08 various locations in and around Manchester

2007:
. Event 7: Phase 1 Islington Mill, Salford
(working in collaboration as, wessandbaskeyfield)

Curated Exhibitions (As Artist and Curator)

2018: Of Flesh and Stone (Curated w/Mario Popham. HOME Mcr)
2016: Shaped by Stone (Curated w/Mario Popham. Commissioned by The Barnaby Festival) duel venue in Macclesfield Town and Tegg’s Nose Country Park (June)
2015: Monoliths of the Field Commissioned by Sale Waterside Arts Centre (August – September)
2014: bir! bir! The Art Yard, Macclesfield (June – July)

Grants, Commissions, Awards

2018:
Best 3D work, Black Swan Open

2017 - 2018:
Grants for the Arts funding awarded by Arts Council England for Of Flesh and Stone working in collaboration with photographer Mario Popham.

2015 - 2016:
Funded commission awarded by The Barnaby Festival, Macclesfield for Shaped by Stone working in collaboration with photographer Mario Popham.
The project was brought to fruition during the festival in 2016 (June)

Conferences & Presentations

2020:
Presentation of Of Flesh and Stone for the book launch of the project of the same title, HOME, Manchester w/ Mario Popham (February)

2018:
. Presentation of Shaped by Stone for New Networks for Nature: Nature Matters (November)
. Presentation of Of Flesh and Stone at HOME, Manchester w/ Mario Popham (April)
. Artist of the month for art.earth (art.earth.org) (January)

2017:
. Presentation of Of Flesh and Stone at CMIT: Cross, Multi, Inter, Trans (Land2 and ASLE biannual conference) w/ Mario Popham Sheffield Hallam (September)
. Presentation of Shaped by Stone w/ Mario Popham
at GroundWork Gallery, King’s Lynn, Norfolk (March)
. Presentation of Shaped by Stone w/ Mario Popham HOME, Manchester (January)

2016:
. Presentation of Shaped by Stone at Northern Light (part of supporting exhibition) Sheffield Hallam (July)
. Presentation of Shaped by Stone at Language, Landscape and The Sublime (art.earth inaugural conference) Schumacher College, Devon (June)
. Presentation of Shaped by Stone at Traffic: movement / place / flow / mobility (Land2 and Land/Water conference) Plymouth University and College of Art (April)

Workshops

2018:
Drawing In: The Ash Tree w/Lotte Scott Drawing workshop responding to a local ash tree. Commissioned by The Barnaby Festival, Macclesfield

2016:
Shaped by Stone (Excavating place) Walking workshop held over two consecutive weekends exploring the relationship between Tegg’s Nose Quarry and Macclesfield Town Centre. (Commissioned by The Barnaby Festival.) (June)

Publications & Press

2020:
. Stone Words Book of writing – poetry, prose, word pieces – published alongside Of Flesh and Stone
. Of Flesh and Stone Book for the project of the same title

2018:
Northern Lights Sheffield Hallam

2018:
Dark Mountain Book 14 ‘Terra’ Shaped by Stone (Essay and images)

2017:
Shaped by Stone published by HOME, Mcr

2012:
Dark Mountain Book 3 Of Time in a Field (photo essay)

2011:
Peninsula Issue 2: Borders Topographical Dissection No.6 Clutag Press 2011

2009:
Chapel Gallery: Unique Perspectives write up by Ian Jackson. Art in Liverpool.com September 17th

Residencies

2011:
CCANW Haldon Forest Park, Exeter, Devon. This was a week-long residency in which I stayed at CCANW and created work in response to its location in Haldon Forest Park. (March-April)

2009:
Rogue Studios Project Space Manchester (August-October)


Education

MA Art and Environment at Falmouth University
09/2010 – 09/2011 Falmouth, UK
PGCE Further, Higher and Adult Education at Bolton University
09/2006 – 06/2007 Bolton, UK
BA Fine Art (hons) at Manchester Metropolitan University
09/2001 – 06/2004 Manchester, UK

Awards

2017 – 2020
Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England

Exhibitions

2018
Of Flesh and Stone at HOME, Manchester, Manchester, UK
2020
In Steps of Sundew at Fermynwoods Contemporary Arts, The Arches, Fineshade Wood, Corby, Northhants, NN17 3BB