Launching December 2019

Artists Heather Peak and Ivan Morison (of Studio Morison) have created an new scultural work for Wicken Fen nature reserve, commissioned by Wysing as part of the region-wide arts commissioning programme, New Geographies

The work, entitled MOTHER... is a sculptural structure, a pavilion, that has been created specifically for Wicken Fen nature reserve. The artists hope that visitors to Wicken Fen will enter into the work to sit, contemplate nature, and to read or write. The work is inspired by writer Richard Maybe’s book ‘Nature Cure’, in which he recovers from severe depression through walking, watching and writing about the Eastern region’s beautiful and unexplored landscapes, and Heather’s childhood memories of visiting the landscapes of the Fens and the Wash.

MOTHER... references local building traditions, materials and architectural vernacular to root the structure in the very landscape it is a part of: the timber framing is felled and milled by the artists, the walls and roof are thatched from the local straw, and the form is an interpretation of the remarkable hayricks once found dotting this countyside. The work, with its deep entranceways, ceiling oculus and high double layered conical ceiling, is an architectural space to enter; re-framing visitors’ experience of the landscape of Wicken Fen, the sky, the light and the materials that surround them.

A programme of events will take place at the structure in early 2020.

Artist Biographies
Heather Peak (b. UK, 1973) and Ivan Morison (b. Turkey, 1974) have established an ambitious collaborative practice over the past fifteen years that transcends the divisions between art, architecture and theatre. They are co-directors of STUDIO MORISON, their artist led creative practice which supports and realizes their ideas and projects. On a societal level STUDIO MORISON is working to re-establish civic life and on a human level it looks to bring meaning, beauty and purpose into everyday life. They are based in Weobley, Herefordshire and Abergwynant, North Wales and work internationally.

They have exhibited internationally including solo projects at Tate Modern, Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, Vancouver Art Gallery, The National Trust, National Theatre Wales, Whitechapel Gallery, South London Gallery and represented Wales at the Venice Biennial. Heather is also employed as an artist strategist for Heart of Glass in St Helens and Ivan is a tutor at both the Royal College of Art and the Architecture Association. 

New Geographies
New Geographies is a three-year project, funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, to create a new map of the East of England based on personal thoughts, reflections and stories of unexplored or overlooked places. The first phase of the project invited members of the public to nominate locations for the map in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. This resulted in over 270 nominations. Via an international open call, artists were then invited to submit proposals for artworks inspired by the nominated locations. The artists selected are: Maria Anastassiou, David Blandy, Marcus Coates, Cooking Sections, Ian Giles, Krijn de Koning, susan pui san lok, Studio Morison, Stuart Whipps and Laura Wilson. Each artist will work closely on the realisation of their work with one of the New Geographies partner institutions: Art Exchange, University of Essex Colchester; East GalleryNUA, Norwich University of the Arts; Firstsite, Colchester; Focal Point Gallery, Southend; Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge; Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery; originalprojects; Great Yarmouth; UH Arts, University of Hertfordshire; and Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire.