This is a unique and innovative project funded by the Arts Council together with Tullie House Museum, Carlisle, Carlisle City Council and Cumbria County Council and will last for a year culminating in an exhibition in November 2006.
This project has allowed Sheila Tilmouth to research printmaking processes that remove toxic chemicals from the studio environment as well as to develop her artistic practise. She has produced a print for each month of the residency.
The images are a visual response to the farming year and will be exhibited with supporting source material in a barn on the farm. It will subsequently tour to other organic farms and exhibition spaces. The subject matter covers a diverse range of concerns in agriculture such as soil fertility and degradation, livestock management and welfare, biological processes within the food chain and vegetable production in a northern climate.
Sheila Tilmouth has been a practising artist for over 30 years exhibiting extensively throughout the UK. As a still life painter she became increasingly interested in the fruits and vegetables she was using as subject matter leading to a specific interest in organic food production. Through a dialogue with the Soil Association she made contact with Mike Downham at Low Luckens farm and they negotiated terms for a residency that engaged with people who buy their meat and vegetables from the farm.