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We Find The Body Difficult to Speak

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We Find The Body Difficult to Speak

Hazel Stone

Patrick Farmer and Sarah Hughes present a new body of work at Grizedale Forest as part of the Lakes Ignite complementary programme of arts events. 

“Listening is harder than you think, harder sometimes than to think”

writes Joseph Clayton Mills about Patrick Farmer’s latest book Yew Grotesque.


Yew Grotesque has evolved throughout numerous residencies at Grizedale Forest in 2014 and 2015 where Patrick aimed to inhabit and record the landscape, making investigations into the fabric of the forest environment through walking, field recordings and writing.

For the last in the series of residencies, Sarah Hughes, who works across sculpture, installation, composition and music, joined Patrick to develop an archive of video, sound, composition and sculpture – all sourced in the often unseen and unheard life of the forest. The resulting work We Find The Body Difficult to Speak uses text scores as instructions to combine this documentation through installation and performance.

Sarah Hughes is the current composer in residence at South London Gallery and recently collaborated with David RJ Stent for the exhibition Objects of Conjecture at the Hardwick Gallery. Since 2008 Farmer and Hughes have curated Compost and Height, an online platform for contemporary music, and Wolf Notes, a journal that reflects current music practices.

The residency has been supported by Sound and Music and Forestry Commission England. We Find The body Difficult to Speak is presented during the Lakes Ignite programme celebrating arts and culture in the Lake District from 6 April – 24 May.

You can see the performance of We Find The Body Difficult to Speak at Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre on Friday 15 May 2015 - the performance runs between 6.30 – 7.30pm (with drinks and nibbles from 6pm).

The We Find The Body Difficult to Speak installation in the gallery can be viewed daily until 26 May from 10am – 4pm.