Hand / Earth / Gesture / Return - Pangaea Sculptors' Centre

By lucy, October 3, 2021

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GW proposed imageArtists’ collages visualising elements of Chapter 7: The Installation

Hand / Earth / Gesture / Return

Public Art working with the Community, Coventry 2021-22


Hand /  Earth / Gesture / Return is an experimental, collaborative work of art that publicly manifests as chapters across different media (film, photography, sculpture, performance, installation, events) over the course of a year. Through this approach we share the development and evolution, across time and space, of an ambitious, world-class public art project; from an idea forming through local, national and international collaboration and responding to stimuli; of materials locally sown, grown, harvested, sourced and processed.

Lead by visual artists Rachael Champion, Dolon Kundu, Amy & Oliver Thomas-Irvine and Jim Woodall, this project utilises the essential materials of clay/earth, straw and water, each at once both universally understood and hyper-local.

A major aim of the project is to foreground collaborative, socially engaged, environmentally conscious and sustainable practice in the creation of a work of art.

In this spirit, the artwork is the process – an evolving collaboration between nature, individuals, cities and cultures. The exact results are as yet unknown and will be defined by the artists, the community and the materials that produce it. The cob-like sculptures that make up the final installation will be made from locally sourced clay/earth and straw that has been specifically sown and harvested. In the closing chapter the installation will be given up to the process of water erosion and returned to the elements making visible an entire life cycle.

New Chapter information will be announced below as it is released.

Part of the God’s Workshop: Of Clay and Straw public art R&D programme, curated by Nandita Palchoudhuri and Lucy Tomlins.


We’d like to acknowledge and thank all our supporters to date, including the National Lottery Players, Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England, British Council Coventry City of Culture and the People’s Postcode Lottery and its players.


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An artwork experienced in chapters:


Exposition / Prologue




R&D, community consultation, design proposal, planting.


Chapter 1




The Seed

A short film documenting an improvised collaborative drumming journey that took place before the July wheat harvest in Hatton, Warwickshire.

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Chapter 2



The Rick

A temporary thatched rick of straw in our Hatton wheat field, marking the end of the summer’s harvest.

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Chapter 3



The Hairy Barge

Processing the materials to the communities that will use them.
Coming next…