We have been making new work in Dover, at Samphire Hoe
Samphire Hoe is a nature reserve close to Dover, made from material once left on the site from the Channel Tunnel excavations and now, a place for wildlife.
Chalk Mall was landscaped and sown with wildflowers and grass, and very soon after, vegetation arrived from the surrounding countryside including rare Orchids.
Birds are attracted to the vegetation as are the smaller creatures; grasshoppers, crickets, dragonflies and damselflies. Rock Samphire grows here too and the pathways for walks are designed to respect the environment and allow you to take in the breath-taking landscape of Shakespeare’s Cliff.We have been working on a series of performance walks for Samphire Hoe, respecting the site’s environmental history whilst connecting to local stories, Channel crossings, dreams and Gloucester’s journey toward Dover in King Lear. Throughout the winter, a dream collection station was set up at the visitors centre at Samphire Hoe, where people contributed artwork and texts to be woven into a script performed on the walking performances.
Whilst we need to postpone the live events, we have made a video artwork using such materials:
Fairest, What do you Dream of?Gary and Claire