Laura Harrington: 'Fieldworking'

Image of Laura Harrington's work 'Felting #3 (sphagnum moss)', 2018. Photo by Alexandra Hughes
Laura Harrington, 'Felting #3 (sphagnum moss)', 2018 Photo: Alexandra Hughes

We are working with Newcastle-based artist Laura Harrington on ‘Fieldworking,’ a co-commission with MIMA. ‘Fieldworking’ spans MIMA’s exhibition Fragile Earth: Seeds, Weeds, Plastic Crust (29 June – 26 September 2019) and the creation of a new moving image work, which will launch at Tyneside Cinema in early 2020.

As part of the wider project, in the context of the exhibition at MIMA, Laura led two field trips —  to the source of the Tees on 13 July, and to Teesmouth on 17 August.

A new film will launch at Tyneside Cinema in early 2020.

About the artist

Laura Harrington explores relationships with landscape, its geomorphology, phenomena and everyday life. Her work has exhibited at BALTIC 39, Woodhorn Museum, Glasgow Print Studio, and AV Festival. She has participated in events at the British Library, V&A and Durham Book Festival, and has worked on major public commissions from Malcolm Fraser Architects, Inspire Northumberland, Commissions North and Creative Partnerships.

Laura has undertaken several residencies internationally, including a year-long Leverhulme residency with Durham University (2014-15); at HIAP (Helsinki), UNIDEE, (Italy); and with the Environment Agency, ISIS Arts, and Joya arte + Ecologia (Spain). Alongside Fieldworking she is currently developing work with Cittadellarte (Italy) and the textile industry in Northern Italy that sits within a wider context of environmental responsibility. Her ongoing work at Moorhouse NNR in Upper Teesdale, at the centre of Fieldworking, has seen her work with North Pennines AONB, Natural England, Durham University and others. She is based in Newcastle upon Tyne, where she is currently undertaking a PhD at Northumbria University.