Earthed: The Trees’ Tale

Earthed: The Trees’ Tale is a giant piece of green storytelling by Part Exchange Co and a project that has grown over nearly two years via collaboration with communities, visual artists, land artists, a sound designer, director, writer, numerous schools, community members, historians, archivists, environmentalists, geologists and many more.   It’s for anybody who’s ever… Continue reading Earthed: The Trees’ Tale

A New Land Mythology

  ‘The night was lost before the sun, to wide eyes and white bliss and a place as real as smoke…’ Grafitti text found on Ashton Meadows, beneath Brunel Way, Jan 2014 Consolidating the reading, photographs, research and conversations of the Ear​thed team so far – along with a chilly January site visit that began before dawn – this… Continue reading A New Land Mythology

Site Scribbles

David arrived at Ashton Meadows before dawn on January 9th, undertaking a day of various exercises to get his head around the site. You can see some of the images from the day in theField Trip photo diary. Below are a few pages from the notebook and some text that particularly caught his eye. 7.33am – 8.00am: ‘I’m not… Continue reading Site Scribbles

Field Trips – Earthed

[Above: Mick Petts and David Lane by the magnificent Pit Pony’s hooves in Pennalta Park, South Wales] Over two days the team visited various sites to explore their thinking further around Earthed. Writer David Lane took a day out at selected site Ashton Meadows in Bristol, and then joined landform sculptor Mick Petts and artistic director… Continue reading Field Trips – Earthed

Artist Reflection: Days 1 – 3 on Earthed

Project tree by landform sculptor Mick Petts, David’s collaborator on Earthed,  Often I find myself working with other writers, trying to find the best process to support their work whilst they’re still in the middle of creating it. There are tried and tested metaphors for describing this that seem really appropriate for Earthed: drawing the map of the… Continue reading Artist Reflection: Days 1 – 3 on Earthed


Rachel Aspinwall, Part Exchange Co & The Engine House’s Artistic Director, reports back on some early days Earthed actvities. So far in our search for how land art and writing might collaborate, we’ve had writers donning wellies and discovering the sculptural qualities of hawthorn and land artists writing accidental poetry! Getting outside and letting the experience of being in Bristol’s… Continue reading Earthed