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Dawn Vigil — Silo

A vigil by Caro Williams

SHIFTING GROUND OFF-SITE: THAMES, LONDON

SHIFTING GROUND

8-15 October 2017, Silo 6, Jellicoe Street, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland

9th October 2017, 4.30-7.30am, Dawn Vigil — Silo, Thames, London

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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

Drawing from Voice: Voice Font, Inaudible Recital, Sound Castle, Props for Conversation Selected by Axisweb for Text Category of the Week ... link 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.

Drawing from Voice: Voice Font, Inaudible Recital, Sound Castle, Props for Conversation

Selected by Axisweb for Text Category of the Week ... link

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.

Field Notes, included in Axisweb 'Sound' Category of the Week

Really pleased to have Field Notes selected by Axisweb for Sound Category of the Week.  Follow this link for more details ... link

Really pleased to have Field Notes selected by Axisweb for Sound Category of the Week.  Follow this link for more details ... link

Call and Response, Study in Brass, included in Axisweb 'Metalwork' Category of the Week

I am delighted to be 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. This week they're looking at Metalwork and have selected my work - Call and Response, study in brass - to be included ... link

I am delighted to be 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. This week they're looking at Metalwork and have selected my work - Call and Response, study in brass - to be included ... link

Photo credit: Laura Peters 2017, Opening of Call and Response, David Nathan Park, Nathan Homestead, Manurewa

Photo credit: Laura Peters 2017, Opening of Call and Response, David Nathan Park, Nathan Homestead, Manurewa

Photo credit: Laura Peters 2017 Call and Response, Opening at David Nathan Park, Nathan Homestead, Manurewa

Photo credit: Laura Peters 2017

Call and Response, Opening at David Nathan Park, Nathan Homestead, Manurewa

I am excited to be exhibiting my sound installation Call and Response in the gardens of the Nathan Homestead and preparing for the opening on Saturday afternoon.   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.

I am excited to be exhibiting my sound installation Call and Response in the gardens of the Nathan Homestead and preparing for the opening on Saturday afternoon.

 

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.

Strange Joy, light, sound and text installation at White Night, Parnell Strange Joy at Heard Park, Parnell for White Night Auckland 18 March 2017 from 6pm... I'm now in Auckland, staying on beautiful Waiheke Island and working on my installation for White Night.  It's a light, sound and text installation called Strange Joy.  http://whitenight.aaf.co.nz/whitenight/locations/parnell

Strange Joy, light, sound and text installation at White Night, Parnell

Strange Joy at Heard Park, Parnell for White Night Auckland 18 March 2017 from 6pm...

I'm now in Auckland, staying on beautiful Waiheke Island and working on my installation for White Night.  It's a light, sound and text installation called Strange Joy. 

http://whitenight.aaf.co.nz/whitenight/locations/parnell

9 January - 7 April 2017, Call and Response, The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, Havant, UK Went down to Havant to meet up with Pru and Susan, UK Cicatrix collaborative artists, and to install my sound installation Call and Response. 

9 January - 7 April 2017, Call and Response, The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, Havant, UK

Went down to Havant to meet up with Pru and Susan, UK Cicatrix collaborative artists, and to install my sound installation Call and Response. 

2016

Huia Song Remembered 2016, Flocking, metal and ribbons

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

 

Call and Response mirror finish and engraved sound box

Call and Response mirror finish and engraved sound box

Image Surveillance by Henny Burnett 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

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

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Dawn — Salisbury Plain

An almost full moon for the Salisbury Plain Dawn Chorus site recordings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arriving in Salisbury for my residency on the Salisbury Plain (background Bulford Kiwi, carved into the land by the NZ troops waiting to return home after WW1)

Arriving in Salisbury for my residency on the Salisbury Plain (background Bulford Kiwi, carved into the land by the NZ troops waiting to return home after WW1)

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

2016

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

Salisbury International Arts Festival | brochure 2016 | Call and Response Exhibition p 52

Salisbury International Arts Festival | brochure 2016 | Call and Response Exhibition p 52

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.

 

2015

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 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

ArtAscent | Art & Literature Journal | June 2015 | Distinguished Artist Award

I am delighted to have received a Distinguished Artist Award for Flying Poem | Spinning Poem | Spoken Word Pendant

ArtAscent, Art and Literature Journal in response to the “Unknown” International call for entry.

 

2014

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.

 

Songs from the Sky | installed at Brick Bay Sculpture Trail | October 2014 songs from the sky is up!

Songs for the Sky was exhibited at Brick Bay Sculpture Trail from 2014 to 2016 http://www.brickbaysculpture.co.nz/Sculpture/Carolyn-Williams/Songs-From-the-Sky.aspx

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

10.30am

Auckland Art Gallery Auditorium