Bog Rests (laying low): Laura Harrington in conversation

Archive Shelf Location BALTIC2022M
Publication Date 07 Dec 2022

This conversation event brings artist Laura Harrington together with Elizabeth Fisher, Ysanne Holt & Elinor Morgan.

Level 3 Northumbria University Gallery at Baltic Gateshead

The conversation is stimulated by Harrington’s work Fieldworking (2020) – around place-based methodologies and situated knowledges across artistic, art historical and curatorial practices.

Bog Rests (laying low) is a series of events and field-trips conceived by Laura Harrington, which draws together artists, curators, scientists and conservationists in consideration of peatlands, artists’ fieldwork methods, place-based practice and ideas of ‘unknowing-knowing’.

Laura Harrington is currently one of the exhibiting artists in Baltic's group show Hinterlands.


Laura Harrington is an artist and researcher who makes work that considers the complex relations between humans and landscapes, often through fieldwork, cross-disciplinary research and collaborative working. Using a variety of methods and media, including filmmaking, installation, drawing, fieldwork and listening, Harrington's practice centres on 'upstream consciousness', a framework that connects rivers, peatlands and other upland ecologies to global currents.

Elizabeth Fisher is a curator and historian of C20th art and curatorial practices. She holds a PhD in Art History from the University of Cambridge, an MA in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, New York and a BA in Fine Art from Newcastle University. She recently completed a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowship at Northumbria University, using the lenses of exile and otherness to explore post-war experimental and expanded arts practice in remote, rural, and peripheral landscapes. Her multimodal research practice involves thinking from and through art and artistic methodologies to ‘thicken’ knowledge and discourse around the concept and practice of place. She is currently working on exhibitions of Gustav Metzger and Kurt and Ernst Schwitters, and a monograph on the artist Li Yuan-chia.

Elinor Morgan is a curator and writer. Equity, justice and environmental concerns inform her work. Elinor is Artistic Director at MIMA, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, where, since 2015, she has worked with the team to centre relationships to people and place. Elinor has curated residencies, exhibitions, collection projects, public and education programmes across in roles at Eastside Projects, Birmingham; Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire; OUTPOST Gallery, Norwich and through independent projects in London and public art commissions. Elinor enjoys writing and editing. In 2018 she co-edited ‘The Constituent Museum’ (Valiz, 2018), a reader on how arts institutions might work differently with their publics.

Ysanne Holt is Emerita Professor in Art History at Northumbria University, Newcastle. She has a longstanding interest in imaginings and experience of the UK rural north, especially in often perceived ‘at edge’ locations such as islands and border regions, as registered across diverse forms of creative practice through the twentieth century to the present. She is currently focussed on the entangled relations between artists and the material resources of the Anglo-Scottish borders. Most recent publications relating to these concerns include ‘Place on the Border and the LYC Museum and Art Gallery’, in Tim Edensor, Ares Kalandides and Uma Kothari, eds., The Routledge Handbook on Place, Routledge, 2020; ‘On Watery Borders, Borderlands, and Tania Kovats’ ‘Head to Mouth’, Arts, 8:3, 2019 and co-editor with Owain Jones and David Martin-Jones, 'Visual Culture and Islands in the northern UK archipelago', 2018. She has co-curated several exhibitions on related themes including, with Matthew Hearn, 'Sally Madge: Acts of reclamation and renewal between site, studio, archive and gallery' for Gallery North, Northumbria University 2021, with accompanying article in Journal of Visual Arts Practice, 21: 3, 2022.


Speakers Laura Harrington, Elizabeth Fisher, Ysanne Holt, Elinor Morgan
Formats MP4, Live to digital
Related Artist Laura Harrington
Related Event Hinterlands (22 October 2022 – 30 April 2023)
Related Gallery BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

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