Fuelling A Long Hundred

by Lotte Scott in Frome, England, United Kingdom

£1,625

raised of £1,600 stretch target

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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by August 30th 2019 at 7:23am

Raising funds for an art installation in The Abbot's Fish House, a medieval fishery building in Meare, Somerset.

by Lotte Scott in Frome, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

My immediate goal is to cover the expenses to prepare, install and exhibit the project. This doesn't include any kind of fee for myself. 

If I reach my stretch target, this would allow me a modest fee for the 8 days I will be invigilating the exhibition.


A LONG HUNDRED

Project Summary

As part of Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2019, I will be showing A Long Hundred, an installation of sculptures and drawings in a medieval fishery building near Glastonbury. 

Having spent the last 6.5 years exploring the history of the Somerset peat moors, A Long Hundred will bring my artwork full circle, exhibiting it back in the landscape itself. 

The Fish House

“Gloriously alone in a field.”[1], the Abbot’s Fish House is the only surviving monastic fishery building in England. Built for the Abbots of Glastonbury, it stood on the shores of Meare Pool, a large freshwater lake surrounded by raised peat bogs, where prehistoric lake villages were discovered in the early 20th C. 

This beautiful, empty stone building will house 120 charred wooden sculptures, each the size of a Somerset peat block. Traditionally peat was sold in a “long hundred”, meaning 120 pieces or “turves” (this was a practical amount to store and keep a cottage fire well fuelled). For my exhibition, a long hundred of sculptures will fill the Fish House, creating an installation that will echo the history of peat cutting in the local area.

Ashcott Plot Pines

The turve sculptures are being made in collaboration with Natural England, using pine trees from Ashcott Plot nature reserve. Planted by Edwardian land-owners, the pines were felled last autumn as part of Natural England’s mire restoration work. The trees will be milled into blocks and transported to my studio, where I will char them to resemble peat turves. 

As well as the turve sculptures I will make large peat pigment and charcoal drawings, using rolls of Somerset paper which will be hung in the Fish House. The exhibition will open on 21st September, and will be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for three weeks during the Festival period.

 

Support

The development of A Long Hundred has been supported by a Bursary from Somerset Art Works, who are also funding the milling of the pine trees. The exhibition has been made possible by English Heritage, who own the Fish House, the Look family who own and farm the land, and Natural England's generosity in supplying me with such incredible material to work with.

Despite the wonderful support from these organisations, I need additional help to fuel the creation of A Long Hundred. This crowd funder aims to cover the exhibition expenses – my transport costs, van hire, installation equipment, art materials and small fees for assistants (who I will need to help with installing and invigilating the show). 

For almost as long as I have been making work about the peat moors, I have wanted to create pieces to exhibit in the Fish House. This is my most ambitious art project to date – I have never worked on such a large scale before, or in such unique building! 

I hope the exhibition will bring a new audience to the Fish House, celebrating the the past and present of the peat moors with this site specific installation of pine and peat. 

I would be incredibly grateful for any support you can give.

Thank you.

Lotte Scott

 

A Long Hundred

The Abbot's Fish House, Meare

Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2019

Open 10am - 4pm 

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 21st September - 6th October

[1] Nikolaus Pevsner, "Somerset: South and West"

 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

1 of 20 claimed

£5 Reward

A chunk of artist-made of Aschott Plot pine charcoal.

£10 or more

8 of 50 claimed

£10 Reward

6 limited edition postcards, featuring artworks from the project. A piece of artist-made charcoal from the Ashcott pine trees.

£20 or more

15 of 15 claimed

£20 Reward

A unique peat pigment drawing on Somerset Paper. (Dimensions 39cm x 55cm)

£50 or more

4 of 20 claimed

£50 Reward

A charred pine turve sculpture - a piece of the sculptural Long Hundred.


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