CICATRIX: CALL AND RESPONSE
23 February - 14 April, 2018, Town Hall Arts, Market Street, Trowbridge
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
Caro Williams joins a group of New Zealand artists with an off-site component from London.
While the Auckland exhibition takes place within the chambers of a converted silo, Caro’s Dawn Vigil reflects on a working silo from across the waters in London with a time overlap between the exhibition and vigil.
SHIFTING GROUND addresses the specific past of the Silo’s utility as being both made of concrete and a container of concrete. Concrete, an ancient and modern composite material, is activated in this project as a generative linguistic device in order to consider the possibility of the group exhibition as a gestalt form – where strength, flexibility, tension and reinforcement structure an unfolding dialogue.
Drawing from Voice, included in Axisweb 'Text' Category of the week
Field Notes, included in Axisweb 'Sound' Category of the Week
Call and Response, Study in Brass, included in Axisweb 'Metalwork' Category of the Week
A visual | sound installation drawn from Isaac Rosenberg’s poem,
Returning, we hear the larks.
IMAGO MUNDI Benetton World Art | Kiwi Consciousness | NZ
I am thrilled to be part of the Imago Mundi international art project - Luciano Benetton World Art Collection in Italy.
Dust at LOOK@K'ROAD, 8 -16 October, Beastie, St Kevin's Arcade, Auckland
I will be participating in Auckland Artweek together with 8 other members of the Dust Art Collective. Come and see our work in the St Kevin's arcade.
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
Dawn — Salisbury Plain
An almost full moon for the Salisbury Plain Dawn Chorus site recordings
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
Creative New Zealand World War 1 Centenary (WW100) Co-commissioning Fund
Delighted to have received this funding 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
Exciting news! I have been invited to join the Cicatrix International Cultural Exchange 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.
ArtAscent | Art & Literature Journal | June 2015 | Distinguished Artist Award
ArtAscent, Art and Literature Journal in response to the “Unknown” International call for entry.
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:
Exploring the relationship between language, sound and form: Carolyn Williams
Wednesday, 20 August 2014
Auckland Art Gallery Auditorium