The Neverending Glen is an extension of The Kelburn Garden Party that takes guests on a surreal, enchanting and stimulating multi-media adventure, where contemporary art meets ancient landscape and pop-up parties in the historic Kelburn glen. Artists and art collectives are invited to create site-specific installations, sculptures, performances and events.
The project enhances the audience’s experience of the amazing Kelburn glen with its magical and ancient forestry, mysterious pathways and mesmerizing views over the Atlantic. All festival-goers are free to explore the glen and the delights within at their leisure. during daylight hours at the Kelburn Garden Party.
This year the Neverending Glen hosts some remarkable artworks curated by Neil Butler of UZ Arts in partnership with Kelburn Arts. All are inspired by the magic of the glen and question our relationship with the environment. “Pig”, “Arise” and “Ah Kissing” work best if you take part – so please do!
Rob Mulholland’s magical “Elementals” is inspired by Greek Mythology and European Folklore to describe elemental forces of nature taking a physical form between creatures and spirits These humanoid figures are only visible to mankind at certain points of time representing the bridge between humankind and the forces of nature.
“Let’s Dance” by Duncan Whiteman
The 3D painting constructed by over 900 individually painted wooden cubes features a single dancer in full flight, unconscious that we are the witness of their expressive movement and explosion of colour, the music provided by the forest and its many visitors.
“When the ice melts” by Sue and Pete Hill imagines a time, perhaps in the distant future, perhaps sooner, when our familiar landscapes disappear under the sea, as the melting of ice caps accelerates. The fish are made from recycled aluminium lithoplate. They respond sensitively to weather – pointing the wind direction like weather-vanes and darting as the wind works the trees, stretching their suspension cords tight.
“Pig” by Kaleider
From the makers of the international hit showgame The Money comes PIG. Pig is a large transparent pig. Inside it is a sign that reads: “This is a community fund, you can contribute to it if you like, and when you’ve agreed how to spend it you can open me and spend it.”
And that is it. #thepig
R.M. Sánchez-Camus (Marcelo) “The Print Shop: Rise up” is a pop-up DIY t-shirt printing space. You’re invited to sit at a table and turn your climate change anxiety into direct action by creating your own slogan t-shirt.
“Ah- kissing” by Rosanna Irvine is a workshop in kissing and gazing led by performance artist Rosanna Irvine. Experience not necessary. Bring a partner or come early and find another early bird to partner up with.
“Transfigured” by Oceanallover is a sounding together of all things, a diapason, a cacophony of understanding. In the year 2002, a pack of cards was thrown from a car window and over a hedge. The pack burst open in the air and the cards were scattered across the landscape. Some of the cards landed face up. The hand dealt on that day has moved out and forwards into this moment. The cards have become manifest. They have something to say.
“My Eyes Are Open” by Maria McCavana
Maria has walked with men and women from different ages and backgrounds and with different reasons behind why they walk in the woods. They all share a love for the woods as a place for healing, discovery and being solitary. As they walked they shared stories and asked and answered big questions of their lives up to that moment. Regrets, loss, love, family, hopes and fears.
With thanks to our partners: