Edgelandia 2020 commissions announced

NEWS | POSTED ON 4 November 2019
Disappearing coastlines, alternative histories and a surrealist take on a seaside town feature in three brand new works commissioned for Edgelandia's 2020 programme.

Blackpool through a surrealist lens

Seagulls Don’t Like Me is an experimental short film by Martha Pailing looking at Blackpool’s coastline and those who walk it. It captures the town as a place of respite with a chance to bathe in nuanced waters. Not a love letter to Blackpool but a surrealist look at the wondrous honesty of a place that keeps adapting.

Martha Pailing is a spoken word and performance artist working between London and Blackpool. Her work blends autobiographical material with absurd narrative, creating space for the moments of tenderness and frustration nestled in between. Pailing’s work has previously been performed at the Roundhouse, the Royal Court and Hackney Showroom.

February 2020



Tracing a village on the disappearing Yorkshire coast

Artist Helen Goodwin will be exploring the beaches of Skipsea, East Riding Yorkshire, where homes, wooden chalets and railway cottages have been lost to the sea, and where the existing dwellings sit precariously close to the edge on one of the fastest eroding coastlines in Europe. Working with the landscape and the local community, Helen will create a series of performative drawings of ‘a traced village’. The work will be presented through film, photography and textual documentation.

Recipient of the 2019 Open Call, Helen Goodwin is an artist, mentor and socially engaged practitioner. Her work is in collections in Europe and Asia and her social engagement work with all ages has taken place in the UK, Europe and East Asia. Her work focuses on issues of place, space and belonging using material culture as well as found geology, and other materials of place. She is particularly interested in the ever-changing edges of landscapes which has led her to look at ideas around impermanence.

July 2020



Walking Lancashire’s Winter Hill

Rambler and poet Emily Oldfield will be exploring the history and topography of Winter Hill, documenting its interactions with its community through a series of walks with local artists and creative practitioners in a variety of media.

Winter Hill is located on the border of the boroughs of Chorley, Blackburn with Darwen and Bolton, in the ‘cultural periphery’ of the North West of England. The hill and its surroundings bridge the ancient and the modern as the site of a Neolithic settlement, the highest transmitting antenna in the United Kingdom, and an air disaster in 1958.

Emily is the Editor of Haunt Manchester, a Manchester Metropolitan University project seeking to celebrate the alternative history and hidden heritage of Greater Manchester and its edgelands. Emily, who is from Rossendale, is a rambler, writer and poet particularly interested in perceptions of place and nature.

(Image credit: Neil Winward)

Autumn 2020


Header image – Martha Pailing