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A Field of Wheat

Between Autumn 2015 and Autumn 2016, a collective made up of members of the public, the food industry, farming community, artists and researchers become active stakeholders in a 22 acre field of wheat in Branston Booths, Lincolnshire.

A Field of Wheat is a creative platform that explores the complexities of contemporary arable farming first hand, bringing together elements of performance, walking, culture and ritual with global markets, ecology, local history and the practice and future of farming in Lincolnshire, the break basket of UK wheat growing.  

Throughout its cycle from drilling to harvest the community of participants took part in decision making and exchange of dialogue with the farmer, each other and the artists through online platforms, visits and events on the farm. In the project we experimented with ways of holding space for dialogue informed by Quaker methodologies. A Field of Wheat has been shared with more people via this website, public events on the farm (such as a temporary straw based structure constructed on a field to host harvest events) media coverage ( a half hour programme on BBC Radio 4) and presentations (Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Food Sovereignty Conference, Maynooth University & Galway Third Space, Exhibition and talk at Bridport Art Centre, Real Farming Conference Oxford).

A Field of Wheat emerged from two years of research supported by Dance4 and Arts Council of England. Additional funding from University of Lincoln and ArtsNK. This project is a collaboration with artist Ruth Levene and farmer Peter Lundgren. See the Field of Wheat website for more images and information.

Photos: Gemma Thorpe