Carran Waterfield Artist in Residence (2018)
As artist-in-residence at the mill, Carran Waterfield spent a year working on stories of women loosely associated with the mill and the surrounding area in response to the mill’s archive.
Sharing of work.
Following her performances of The House (a piece about contemporary poverty and workhouses) at Heron Corn Mill in November of 2015, Carran has shared some performative responses to her research at the mill which has included the development of a collection of short films which have been documented here.
‘Beautiful End’ was a creative response to the novel of the same title by Westmorland writer Constance Holme who lived and wrote from Milnthorpe and Arnside, Cumbria. The novel, also a one-act play called ‘The Home of Vision’, concerns the life and care of an elderly tenant farmer by his living relatives and is set in and around the Kent Estuary with recognisable locations close to the location of Heron Corn Mill, the commissioning organisation behind the project. It provoked and challenged assumptions about old age, home and identity.
Carran Waterfield, lead artist for the project discovered the novel amongst the Heron Corn Mill archives during her year-long residency at the mill in 2016. Written in 1918, popular in the 1930s and then forgotten, its concerns still seem relevant today.
Between November 2017 and June 2018 Carran worked with musician Carolyn Francis and creative artist/musician Luke Crookes along with participants interested in developing the pilot project, which culminated in the performance event ‘Manworks’ in September 2018.
You can get a flavour or the project idea here:
The project was supported by the Hadfield Trust, Westmorland Arts Trust, Granada Foundation and Heron Corn Mill.