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Artists announced for Ridges & Furrows Waddington Commission

13th February 2017

We are pleased to announce the artists that have been selected to work on the Waddington stage of the Ridges & Furrows arts & Heritage Trail project are Grennan & Sperandio. The artist duo was selected by a committee including representatives from the NK Arts Partnership, Waddington Parish Council and a local community member, following an open call out and interviews.

Simon Grennan and Chris Sperandio run an international studio between north Wales and Houston, Texas. They have been working together, as Grennan & Sperandio, since 1990. Simon and Chris work across different media, and their projects have resulted in artworks using chocolate, television broadcasts and comics, as well as more traditional drawing, publishing and ceramics. Their artworks always aim to bring together people who have different life experiences, to participate in and contribute to the development of the work.

Simon Grennan (pictured above) will work closely with communities in Waddington alongside project historian Dave Reeves, to explore the heritage of the area through workshops, talks and events. They will be bringing residents stories and experiences to the fore and sharing creatively the distinct history of the village.

Grennan & Sperandio will also develop a permanent artwork for the village, following a successful bid to Arts Council England for Grant for the Arts funding by Waddington Parish Council. The final artwork which is hoped to be completed by autumn 2017, will form part of the planned Ridges & Furrows Arts & Heritage trail linking Sleaford with North Hykeham and passing through participating villages along the way.

Speaking on behalf of the NK Arts Partnership Lucy Lumb, artsNK Visual Arts Officer commented:

“We are delighted to have appointed Grennan & Sperandio for this commission. Their experience and the approach they outlined for working in Waddington gives us great confidence that they will deliver a fantastic project.  People living, working or going to school in Waddington will have the chance to share what they think is special about this place, leading to new artworks that will reveal something of the unique character of Waddington – both past and present.

She added

“It is really exciting to have the opportunity to bring such new and dynamic arts experiences to the county. Arts Council funding allows us to continue to be adventurous ensuring North Kesteven remains at the cutting edge of rural arts practice.”

The Waddington stage of the project follows two successful Ridges & Furrows projects and events have already taken place at the end of last year in the village of Welbourn and North Hykeham town.

The current project in Waddington leads on from an initial research phase of the project for which photographer Jonathan Turner carried out a residency in Waddington in spring 2015. Turner documented the identity of the present day village through a series of photographic portraits of residents, as well as creating three historical photographic tableaux based on the Lincolnshire practice of ‘Ran Tan Tanning’. 

To keep up to date with the Ridges & Furrows website, visit and follow the project facebook page.

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Ridges & Furrows is delivered by the NK Arts Partnership (artsNK, The National Centre for Craft and Design, the Terry O’Toole Theatre and Design Factory). It has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The NK Arts Partnership is working closely with Waddington Parish Council on the delivery of the project in Waddington. The Parish Council has secured Grants for the Arts funding from Arts Council England to commission a new public artwork for the village.

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