The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Monday, May 21, 2018

Wanted: Caretakers to come and live in the future at Compton Verney
The Clearing is a vision of the future, coming to the grounds of Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park from March to December 2017. Photo: Alex Hartley.

COMPTON VERNEY.- British artists Alex Hartley and Tom James are creating a living, breathing encampment in the shadow of a stately home on the shores of an idyllic lake, where people can come together to explore at first hand a future afflicted by climate change. And they need your help.

In the middle of The Clearing they’re building a geodesic dome from scrap materials (metal and old doors) inspired by the utopian communities of 1960s America. And now they are looking for volunteer caretakers to come and occupy it for a series of short periods throughout the year, to help bring the vision to life.

In the dome, you’ll have access to a stove, a bed, a means to cook and heat water, a toilet, a solar-powered lamp, and a library of hippy-survival guides from throughout the ages. You’ll be expected to help with the upkeep of The Clearing (chopping wood, feeding the chickens, fixing the fence if it falls down etc etc), introduce visitors to the project and write a short report afterwards of what happened.

Anyone can apply to be a caretaker – however you’ll need to be resilient (you’ll be in the middle of the countryside on your own at some points), interested in or worried about a future without fossil fuels and available for a five day period between March and December 2017. Plus, of course, you’ll need to be very happy to shower outdoors.

Alex says “Climate change is happening: temperatures are soaring, sea levels are rising, floods are happening all over the world. Global economics won’t ever recover. But no-one is doing anything about it, because no-one can imagine our society not being here. We want to help people get out of the everyday, to feel what climate change might feel like, see it, touch it, taste it. This is a recreation of the future as we see it.”

Tom adds “The Clearing aims to teach people how to live in the world that’s coming our way. We’ll be running a series of workshops throughout the year, to teach people the skills they’ll need once the seas have risen and the global economy has collapsed: from building a fire and digging a toilet, to making mead and building wind turbines, to restarting democracy and astronomy for survivors.”

To apply to be a caretaker, please visit by 14 February 2017.

The Clearing (18 March- 17 December 2017) is part of a £2.5 million landscape restoration project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, to help audiences re-engage with the ‘Capability’ Brown-designed landscape at Compton Verney. Selected from over 150 entries, The Clearing will create a contemporary response to the idea of a ‘folly’ – a faux historical structure that acts as a talking point in the landscape – and reinterprets it for our own, anxious times.

Compton Verney Curator Penelope Sexton says: “Our hope is that this exciting and ground breaking commission will prompt enquiry and give opportunity to look at our site in new ways. Hopefully, it will deepen understanding and enjoyment of Compton Verney.”

Today's News

January 11, 2017

France blocks sale of rare Leonardo Da Vinci painting 'Saint Sebastian'

Los Angeles to house movie mogul George Lucas museum

Framing the Orient: The Design and Function of the Orientalist Picture Frame by Eli Wilner and Emily M. Weeks, Ph.D.

British Museum acquires rare alabaster of the Virgin and Child

Israel Museum announces new Director, Eran Neuman

Marian Goodman Gallery presents new series of works by John Baldessari

Mongolia seeks to crush fossil black market

Landmark exhibition examines transformative era in New York City art scene

American Museum of Natural History exhibition explores Cuba's rich biodiversity and culture

Albany Museum of Art hit hard by storm

Michael Mansfield appointed Executive Director of Ogunquit Museum of American Art

Solo exhibition of paintings by Edward Clark opens at Tilton Gallery

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery opens solo exhibition with Swedish painter Rita Lundqvist

Fans pay tribute to 'eternal' Bowie on death anniversary

India Art Fair nurtures global interest in South Asia

El Museo del Barrio opens "Beatriz Santiago Muñoz: A Universe of Fragile Mirrors"

Wanted: Caretakers to come and live in the future at Compton Verney

Exhibition of new sculptural works by Tim Pomeroy on view at the Fine Art Society

CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts appoints Kim Nguyen new Curator and Head of Programs

Hayward Touring announces winner of 2017 Curatorial Open

Portrait painting by Thomas Prichard Rossiter brings $20,400 at Nadeau's New Year's Day Auction

Art Stage Singapore and U.S. Embassy announce Aye Ko as winner of award

Biennale of Sydney announces Neilson Foundation renew as principal patrons

Joseph Gross Gallery announces the closing of its Chelsea space after ten years

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Boy and an amateur archaeologist unearth legendary Danish king's trove in Germany

2.- Exhibition at The Met illustrates what visitors encountered at The palace of Versailles

3.- Philadelphia Museum of Art opens "Modern Times: American Art 1910-1950"

4.- Exhibition at Michael Hoppen Gallery presents a cross-section of works from Thomas Mailaender's career

5.- New York's Chelsea Hotel celebrity door auction raises $400,000

6.- Stevie Ray Vaughan's first guitar drives Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Auction to nearly $2.9 million

7.- Lichtenstein's Nude with Blue Hair tops $2.4 million sale of Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples

8.- $6.7 million Fancy Intense Blue Diamond sets auction record at Sotheby's New York

9.- Mexico court blocks sales of controversial Frida Kahlo Barbie doll

10.- Dutch museums to conduct new research on the paintings of Pieter de Hooch

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful