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Covering 300 square miles of chalk downland the unique landscape of Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire bears the scars of a continuing military presence, intensified during WW1 and maintained to present day.  Artists Henny Burnett, Susan Francis and Prudence Maltby have come together to explore the physical, historical and sociological features as elements of this ambitious project of many parts – Cicatrix, the scar of a healed wound.

 

Cicatrix: Call & Response announces the second phase of this project, with links to Commonwealth countries: New Zealand, Australia and Canada. As the term of this international feature suggests; an invitation to respond to Cicatrix is extended.

 

 

Artists from the Commonwealth countries will spend time in residence on Salisbury Plain, the work produced during this time, feeding into our final exhibition in 2018.

Background to Salisbury Plain

Protected from development by its military presense, the sparcely populated area of Salisbury Plain is rich with history. From the ancient monumental presense of Stonehenge to it's more recent role as military training ground, the Plain remains one of the largest existing areas of calcareous grassland in north-west Europe, remaining almost unchanged since neolithic times.

 

Across the rolling landscape of Salisbury Plain, evacuated villages serve as vital training ground,  abandoned by their inhabitants and frozen in time, neolithic barrows exist alongside World War 1 trenches, a haven for rare orchids, while soldiers graves, refelecting the many nationalities from around the world that came here to prepare for war, rest alongside the remains of ancient anglo-saxon warriors. Site for the early experiments following the first gas attacks in WW1, Salisbury Plain continues to house the ever more expansive Porton Down research laboratories into chemical and biological defense. Its rigourously protected ring fencing of land has encouraged an ecological environment unique to this area.

 

 

2010 - present

2010 - present