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When: Monday 14 Jun 2021
Farfield Meeting House
Published: 21 March 2021
Contributed by: QiY
Dovetailing art installation.

Dovetailing is an art installation due to take place at Farfield Quaker Meeting House (by appointment only) in June 2021.

The exhibition is inspired by luthiery, the term for the making of stringed musical instruments. Local sculptor Juliet Gutch is creating a series of suspended wooden mobiles which respond to the shapes and forms of musical instruments. Local filmmaker Clare Dearnaley is making a film for the installation weaving together natural sounds, quiet making, the mobile sculptures and played music.

The artists are working with world-renowned composer and viola player Sally Beamish who has specially adapted and performed a composition for the project, ‘Prelude and Canon’. The film will also feature Sally’s daughter Stephanie Irvine, who is a luthier and who made the viola which Sally plays. The exhibition explores how the quiet care of luthiery dovetails with the natural world to create potential for musical sound.

Dovetailing is a creative response to the evolution of musical instruments as they have evolved over many hundreds of years.

Rhythms, harmonies and timbres of music echo back to the natural world, and it feels as if instruments themselves embody the potential for a balanced and harmonious intertwining of humankind and nature. The title of the project, Dovetailing, describes this relationship of two parts by reference to the interlocking dovetail joint in carpentry, a strong andseamless union. This joint is used in the making of instruments and the word has been borrowed for orchestration, describing the technique of overlapping musical lines between two instruments.

The exhibition explores music as an expression of a number of interactions - from the tree to the luthier, to the instrument, the composer, the player and the audience. The mobiles will be hung inside Farfield Meeting House with the film projected onto the wall behind them, catching glimpses of the footage of trees, luthiery and performance as they turn.

Following successful fundraising, extensive repairs and decoration have been carried out at Farfield Meeting House. Dovetailing is the first event to be held in the restored building.

The exhibition is open Monday 14 June to Sunday 27 June. Sunday-Wednesday: 10.00 to 16.00, Thursday-Saturday 13.00 to 19.00.
You can email juliet @

For further information, including a short trailer, and to book a 25 minute slot to see Dovetailing (click me.)

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