Field Notes

Pittcroft Whip Ha (detail) by Matthew Harris
Pittcroft Whip Ha (detail) by Matthew Harris

Field Notes  is a unique collaboration between visual artist Matthew Harris, and composer Howard Skempton inspired, at least in part, by a visit to view the ancient country maps held at the Shropshire Archive.

Harris’s contribution is a free-standing textile titled ‘Pittcroft Whip Ha’ . The title is a reference to the ancient Leeke Survey which documented the carving up of land into disconnected strips and the finished piece does indeed resemble a fragmented field-scape. Skempton’s piece is a characteristically joyous, sparse and enigmatic work that will be performed live by four members of the internationally-renowned Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.

Howard Skempton Photography Katie Vandyke
Howard Skempton
Photography Katie Vandyke

Field Notes has been touring the country since the beginning of the month and arrives at Lansdown Hall in Stroud on Saturday 29th March. There are still a few tickets left for this performance (which can be purchased via or from the box office, 01453 760960 price £10/£5 concessions),  which will also feature short pieces by other leading composers and a behind-the-scenes film in which Harris and Skempton talk about the project. I do urge you to go – Field Notes is a unique collaboration that proves that it is the unfamiliar creative experiences which are often the most memorable.

And there are more treats in store the following day when the two artists will  be in conversation with Stephen Newbould, artistic director for Birmingham Contemporary Music Group at The Wilson, Cheltenham. This is an opportunity to meet the artists involved in the project and the behind the scenes film they recorded showing the journey of their project’s creation.

The talk starts at 2.30pm on Sunday 30th March. Tickets, £10/£5 concessions, can be purchased via or by sending a cheque to the SIT office.


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