Cicatrix: Call and Response
Art and conflict have gone hand-in-hand for centuries. The power of visual imagery to communicate with such immediacy makes it the perfect cultural platform through which we remember and acknowledge the impact of confit. As such, images of violence, destruction, remembrance and commemoration dominate our historical and contemporary reality. Less frequent, however, are artworks considering the legacy of confit, and the ongoing scarring that shapes our existence.
Cicatrix: Call and Response is thus a truly significant and powerful exhibition, which brings together work by four artists, who are responding to the legacy of the Great War through the wounded landscape of Salisbury Plain...
... Down in the Cells, the usual eerie silence is filled by the bird song of Caro Williams’ Call and Response. This immersive sound installation, which inspired the title of the exhibition, links the landscape of Salisbury Plain to a vast area of historic land in New Zealand. Birdsong recorded in both landscapes is punctuated by a Morse code transmission of one of Isaac Rosenberg’s most popular war poems Returning, We Hear the Larks. Williams’ piece represents an important development in Cicatrix’s endeavour to look at the legacy of the Great War on an international level, and considers the collective history and scarring shared by distant lands.
Text: Katie Ackrill, Curator Trowbridge Arts
Drawing from Voice: Voice Font, Inaudible Recital, Sound Castle, Props for Conversation
included in Axisweb 'Text' Category of the Week
These works represent coded language systems. One of the key themes that run through much of my work is the idea of creating visual codes to represent missing nuances such as the unseen or the unheard or perhaps just things we don’t usually consider.
Call and Response, Study in Brass, included in Axisweb 'Metalwork' Category of the Week
Caro Williams included in the new feature on Axisweb called 'Category of the Week'. Each week they'll be taking a look at an artwork category and featuring works by their members that have been tagged using this category. link
Caro Williams will be exhibiting her sound installation Call and Response in the gardens of the Nathan Homestead in the David Nathan Park, Auckland
Call and Response links the military landscapes of two far flung countries through birdsong and poetry. The dawn chorus recordings from New Zealand were made at Fort Takapuna Historic Reserve, Auckland and those from England at the site of the Bulford Kiwi on Salisbury Plain during my recent artist residency. The giant Kiwi, carved into the chalk by New Zealand troops impatient to return home at the end of the First World War, remains perfectly preserved today.
Call and Response Exhibition
The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, Havant, UK
9 January - 7 April 2017
IMAGO MUNDI Benetton World Art | Kiwi Consciousness
Caro Williams invited to submit a work for Imago Mundi international art project - Luciano Benetton World Art Collection in Italy.
TV New Zealand | Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival kiwi-artists-descend-southern-england-town| 9 June 2016
TV New Zealand comes to Ageas Salisbury International Arts Centre. I had the amazing opportunity of talking to TV NZ presenter Emma Keeling about my work Call and Response. To be broadcast on TV NZ One News, Arts and Culture, 11 June, 6pm
Invitation to Call and Response Exhibition, Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival 2016
You are warmly invited to the opening of Call and Response on Friday 27 May at 5.30pm in the gardens of the Wardrobe Museum, Cathedral Close, Salisbury. In this second phase of Cicatrix the three artists, Henny Burnett, Susan Francis and Prudence Maltby have created new work to show alongside the sound installation from their cultural exchange guest, Caro Williams from New Zealand.
This exhibition marks the first leg of their journey to include artists from Commonwealth countries, remembering the troops representing these nations on Salisbury Plain since WW1. Cicatrix is supported by Arts Council England, Wiltshire Council, First World War Centenary Partnership, Imperial War Museum, and Creative New Zealand.
Gardens of the Wardrobe Museum, 27 May to 11 June 2016
Sailsbury Plain, early morning site recordings sound sample
Residency on the Salisbury Plain
I am currently in the UK completing my sound installation, Call and Response, which links the military landscapes of the Salisbury Plain and a tract of historic land in New Zealand through intertwining birdsong punctuated by a Morse code transmission of a WW1 poem - Returning, We Hear the Larks by Isaac Rosenberg. The work is being exhibited at the 2016 Salisbury International Arts Festival before touring South West England and Auckland as part of the Cicatrix International Cultural Exchange Project. Amazing to have support from Creative New Zealand World War 1 Centenary (WW100) Co-commissioning Fund
An early morning start at Fort Takapuna Historic Reserve, Auckland....recording the dawn chorus for Call and Response
Caro Williams receives Creative New Zealand World War 1 Centenary (WW100) Co-commissioning Fund
Funding received towards the development of my sound installation, Call & Response, which will be exhibited as part of the Cicatrix International Cultural Exchange, at the Salisbury International Arts Festival 2016 and the Nathan Homestead, Auckland 2017
Caro Williams is invited to join Cicatrix International Cultural Exchange Artist Project 2016-2018
Cicatrix International Cultural Exchange is a contemporary visual arts collaboration focusing on WW1 between artists based in the Commonwealth countries: Britain, New Zealand, Australia and Canada. The first of the collaborations is an exchange between UK and NZ and will be shown in Salisbury and Auckland.
Finalist Celeste Prize 7th Edition International Contemporary Art Prize
Floating Poem is exhibited in Milan and receives 2nd place in Photography and Digital Graphics Category
Opening and Awards Celebration | Saturday 14 November from 2.30pm | 14 to 22 November 2015 | Celeste Art at ex-BAZZI, via Dei Canzi 19-via Gaetano Crespi 26, Milan, Italy
Finalist | 23rd Annual Wallace Art Awards | 2014
A Pause of Suspension selected to be part of the Traveling Finalists exhibition
The Annual Wallace Art Awards were established by Sir James Wallace for contemporary New Zealand painting, sculpture, video, drawing and unique photography and print to encourage and develop the visual arts in New Zealand, and in particular to reward artists creating outstanding work.
Awards judges: Andrew Clifford, Andrew McLeod, Peter Panyoczki, Terry Stringer and Linda Tyler.
NZ Sculpture OnShore, Tenth Biennial Exhibition 6-16 November 2014
NZ Sculpture OnShore is a biennial exhibition of contemporary New Zealand sculptural work, held in Devonport, Auckland. The event raises funds to support Women's Refuge NZ and has so far donated $1.34m to help their work with the victims of domestic abuse.
I am exhibiting an installation entitled A Wordless Song inspired by Siegfried Sassoon’s poem Everyone Sang.
Auckland Art Gallery | Artist Talk | 20 August 2014
I will be giving an artist talk at the Auckland Art Gallery entitled:
Wednesday, 20 August 2014
Auckland Art Gallery Auditorium