Saturday 22nd May 2021 to
Sunday 13th June 2021
Artist-activists Ackroyd & Harvey bring the spirit of rebellion to Wat Tyler Country Park in respect of the place that seeded a peasant revolt over six hundred years ago, and in recognition of the growing movements worldwide that are declaring a climate and ecological emergency.
From the starting point of Wat Tyler Country Park, three performers walk various routes across the estuary, pulling a horse-drawn trap on which is mounted one of Ackroyd & Harvey’s iconic grass photographs depicting a portrait of a rebel. At stopping points along the route, the three pitch camp and make their case for rebellion – from the court dock, from the earth and from the future.
Ackroyd & Harvey are co-founders of Culture Declares Emergency and for this new performance work they will be creating partnerships with other declaring movements, including Writers Rebel.
“Only when it is dark enough can you see the stars, and they are lining up now to write rebellion across the skies.” Jay Griffiths, Why Rebel
Previous listings page: Constance 2018 (protector series) Ackroyd & Harvey. Description: Image imprinted in seedling grass through a process of photographic photosynthesis. 183 x 122 cm
This page: Rebel cast in grass, courtesy of the artists