The Nomadic Village UK, County Durham

The Nomadic Village UK, County Durham

The Nomadic Village UK 2012


Wolsingham, County Durham, UK

Monday 21st May - Sunday 3rd June 2012



"One never goes as far, as when one doesn’t know where one is going." - C. Columbus



From 21 May to 3 June 2012, County Durham hosted a village within a town, when a 'Nomadic Village' of over 30 international artists made its temporary home in Wolsingham. The artists lived and worked in camper vans, caravans, marquees, a converted police bus and even an adapted milk float based at the Demesne Mill Picnic Area in Wolsingham. The 10-day project provided space for professional artists working in a variety of mediums to live and work, engage and interact with the local community and produce work that responded to the location and situation.


At the end of the Village, on Friday 1 June 2012, the Nomadic Village opened its caravans, campervans and mobile ateliers to the public to present the artworks that were created as part of the 2-week residential artist Village in Wolsingham. Visitors met the artists, looked around the village and saw the artworks on display.




The Nomadic Village Trailor By Maximilian Neumann, young filmmaker from Tin Arts



The artists came from as far away as Australia and as near as Tow Law, and the work varied from photography, film and digital media to 3-dimensional sculptural pieces. Participating artists were selected based on the quality of their work as well as their commitment to gaining inspiration from their temporary location and their artistic practice of working as nomadic artists. Many residents took advantage of the open afternoons, met and chatted to the artists and visited the village 'mayor' - artist Klaus Mähring - some residents were involved in the artists' work more directly: artists were visited by and visited pupils from Wolsingham Primary School and Wolsingham College.


The project was produced by ISIS Arts, in collaboration with Durham County Council and Wolsingham Parish Council. The Village was the brainchild of Klaus Mähring: a photographer who uses an old-fashioned plate camera to create stunning visual impressions of the landscape, he lives for six months of the year in his converted police bus, travelling for inspiration. Two years ago, he invited artists to camp with him in Bulgaria, and the resulting Nomadic Village was such a success that Mähring was keen to create another one with more structure and facilitation for interaction with the local community.


The Nomadic Village created a unique working environment for artists, to draw inspiration from each other and the beautiful location. It also gave the residents of Wolsingham, a rural location, an extraordinary opportunity to interact first-hand with artists and their practice, as well as enjoy the exhibition of the resulting artworks. The exhibition is currently touring, first locally and then travelling to Vienna and other parts of Austria, and then on to Marseille in France, taking the inspiration of Wolsingham to other communities internationally.



Nomadic Village Artists


Alan Smith / Andrew Wilson

Alison Brierley

Boris Duijneveld

Caitlin Webb-Ellis / Andrew Webb-Ellis

Jooyoung Kim (Seonyoung Hyon)

Karim Blanc

Katie Surridge

Klaus Mähring - The Mayor

Krista Burger

Lindsay Duncanson / Marek Gabrsych / Lucas Gabrsych

Margaret Sharrow

Michael Vincent Manolo

Peter Westman / Penka Mincheva

Quindell Orton

Seeta Muller / Fabienne Khial

Sharon Wilson

Stevie Ronnie

Stuart McAdam

Tadlachance - Françoise Rod / Madeleine Doré

Umi Baden-Powell

Ursula Achternkamp

Wideyed - Lucy Carolan / Richard Glynn / Louise Taylor




By Krista Burger and the pupils of Wolsingham Primary School


Klaus Mähring said: "Nomadic Village is, on the one side, great for the artists, as it creates a semi-autonomous temporary zone that is perfect for the artistic process; on the other side it is a very interesting thing for local people, as they can follow and experience the artistic process in a very authentic, uncompromised way."


Lesley Richardson, Chair of Wolsingham Parish Council, said: "Wolsingham Parish Council are delighted that Wolsigham has been chosen for this exciting international event and that we have been able to accomodate the artists: Wolsingham is really looking forward to welcoming the artists as guests to our town."


The Nomadic Village consisted of around 20 mobile units, many of them were small in size, and they remained static for the duration of the project. There was a larger marquee, used as a kitchen and meeting area.



Visit theartist blogcreated during the Nomadic Village.


You can also listen to archived broadcasts from the Village on Basic FM. To view the scheduled shows and listenclick here.



The Nomadic Village UK site

Demesne Picnic Area, Wolsingham

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For any enquires please email: nomadicvillage@isisarts.org.uk


The project was funded by Arts Council England, and the artists gave their time voluntarily.The Nomadic Village 2012 was conceived by Klaus Mähring from On the Road Productions, Austria, and developed as part of an ISIS Arts research residency in 2011: it was produced by ISIS Arts, UK with support from Durham County Arts Team and Wolsingham Parish Council.


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