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World of Art past projects

WOMAD World of Art was launched at Charlton Park in 2010 when curator Jeni Walwin and producer Tammy Bedford were invited to establish a programme that engaged festival goers with the work of contemporary visual artists.

Reflecting WOMAD’s focus on international musicians and taking a different theme each year, World of Art initially presented a series of film installations in sea containers, and more recently single artists have been invited to create new commissions for the festival.

Over the years we have attracted artists with significant reputations to contribute new and existing work to the programme – Simon Faithfull, William Kentridge, Melanie Manchot, Rosalind Nashashibi,  Anri Sala and Roman Signer to name but a few.

In 2014 Neville Gabie was invited to undertake the first World of Art commission. Experiments in Black and White included film screenings, a daily performance drawing, a programme of talks and Collective Breath, a participatory project:  http://www.nevillegabie.com/works/womad-2014-collective-breath/

In 2015 Barthélémy Toguo was awarded the World of Art commission and created Water Dance, a large-scale installation inspired by the artist’s childhood memories of Cameroon, and reflecting on current and future issues relating to water in the world.

In 2016 we presented ‘Track’ by Graeme Miller, in association with Artsadmin. ‘Track’ is a moveable installation that throws landscape through ninety degrees and sets it in motion.  Face-up and camera-style, the viewer is gently pushed by their individual grip along a dolly track path, and invited to gaze up above them.

At Charlton Park, the work was sited in the Arboretum, where the experience for the participants offered a total shift in relationship with their environment.  For the onlooker, that space was transformed by the vanishing tracks and the continuous, hypnotic motion of the viewers and the people pushing them.

Graeme Miller has presented live and recorded work internationally in galleries and public spaces. These include a series of installations that engage with social geography such as the ongoing works ‘Beheld’ ‘Linked’ and ‘Track’ that seek a direct interaction with locations and their inhabitants or viewers.

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    Anri Sala, Answer Me, (film still), 2008

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    Barthélémy Toguo, Water Dance, (installation view), 2015 (photo: Jamie Woodley)

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    Imogen Stidworthy, 7am, (film still), 2005

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    Neville Gabie, Collective Breath, (installation view), 2014 (photo: Stuart Ward)

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    Roman Signer, Office Chair (film still), 2006

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    Semiconductor, 20Hz, (film still), 2011

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    William Kentridge, Tide Table, (film still), 2003

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    ‘Track’ by Graeme Miller, 2016