4pm, Lecture Room 3
Karen Guthrie is a cross-disciplinary artist who was raised on the West coast of Scotland and now lives on a smallholding in the rural Lake District. She is 2017 Artist in Residence at Acorn Bank, Penrith. Karen works primarily in public and socially-engaged art and in film-making. Recent projects include the collaboration with Grizedale Arts, House of Ferment - a pop-up installation and working kitchen commissioned by Science Museum London, and so far presented at Borough Market (London), ArtBoom Festival (Krakow, Poland) and Hauser & Wirth Somerset, where she was artist-in-residence in 2014, producing work for Soil Culture, a UK-wide touring exhibition that celebrated the UN Year Of Soil
Karen’s latest feature film, the autobiographical ‘The Closer We Get’ (2016), was theatrically released in UK cinemas, broadcast on the BBC and has won many awards during a festival run taking in 16 countries. With long-term collaborator Nina Pope she won the first Northern Art Prize in 2007 for their films and installations. Together they founded their multidisciplinary organisation ‘Somewhere’ in 2002 and have undertaken commissions for the likes of Tate Modern and Cambridge University alongside making three feature documentary films. In 2014 their work was the subject of a retrospective show at Kettles Yard, Cambridge.
At Acorn Bank, Karen will base her research in its extensive gardens and plant collections. She in fascinated by the challenge of recording the ephemeral qualities of a garden, and will be sampling and distilling plants to make hydrosols on site, as well as researching other historic and modern-day botanical archives