Supported by Arts Council England and the University of Cumbria, Cumbrian Alchemy is an ambitious contemporary art project. New York artist Bryan McGovern Wilson and the university’s Professor of Fine Art, Robert Williams, collaborated in an enquiry that explored the relationships between the nuclear, mining and renewables industries of the north-west's Energy Coast, with the landscape, archaeology and folklore of North Lancashire and Cumbria.
After Cumbria, the exhibition went to Verdun in France, and following this the project was included in the exhibition Perpetual Uncertainty, part of the Nuclear Cultures project curated by Honorary Research Fellow Dr Ele Carpenter of Goldsmiths and The Arts Catalyst. The exhibition, which features the work of 30 international artists from the UK, US, Japan, Belgium, Russia, and Denmark, travelled to Umeå in Northern Sweden, Hasselt in Belgium, and finally to Malmö.
Professor Williams says: “It has been wonderful to collaborate with Bryan Wilson on this project, and fantastic that it has been included in this important exhibition curated by Ele Carpenter. This has contributed enormously to the discussion of how nuclear matters interface with culture, and how this is part of the nuclear anthropocene, the geologic era that provides evidence of the human impact on the planet.”
The exhibition in Malmö was opened by the Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden, Isabella Lövin.
Image (above): Atomic Pop Culture - Pulp - Cumbrian Alchemy. Photo: Dave Griffiths.
Image (below): Cumbrian Alchemy at Z33, Hasselt, Belgium. November 2017.