Exhibitions and events


2014 - 1st November 14

General event

Thursday - Saturday 12.30pm - 4.00pm
other times by appointment

Digressions is a site-specific art and poetry project based around Shandy Hall where Laurence Sterne wrote The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman.  The project began in 2013 (the tercentenary of Sterne's birth) and finishes this autumn with the publication of a book of artwork, poetry and prose also called Digressions.  The book will be launched with an exhibition at the Poetry Society, London on 18 September 2014. The exhibition will transfer to Shandy Hall in Coxwold for an opening there on 11 October 2014.

Using Tristram Shandy, as a starting point, Digressions takes in the topography, history and traditions of where the novel was written through wandering but site-specific engagements by artist, Philippa Troutman and writer, Ian Duhig. Mazes, meteors and medieval shapeshifter ghost stories inform their work against a background of shifting religion, politics, science and art from the world's first marbling techniques of Suminagashi through dada to contemporary art practitioners. Digressions' poetry draws on ballad traditions as well as modern conceptual writing - for which Shandy Hall is a recognised international centre - while a long prose 'Afterforeword' describes the project's procedures and discoveries in greater detail and can be read in full on Philippa Troutman's website.

Digressions is supported by Arts Council England.

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