The Wireworks Project

FORMAT is delighted to be partnering with The Wireworks Project to support a residency with Derby-based artist, Thomas Wynne.

The Wireworks Project is a studio, workshop, gallery and project space set up and developed by artists Ivan Smith and Anthony Shepherd. Set on the edge of two amazing environments; the old Wireworks in Ambergate and Shining Cliff Woods, a protected ancient wood set along the river Derwent.  

Wireworks sets out to work with and alongside artists that embrace ecological preservation, and are curious to investigate mans relentless advances in manufacturing, production and invention that the site is also an exemplar for, particularly in its heyday when producing and distributing wire and cabling throughout the world. These two opposing worlds collide at the fault line between the man-made production and the ancient wood that The Wireworks studio finds itself on. They aim to highlight, explore, converse, examine and play with these provocations along with new audiences in the heart of the Derbyshire countryside. 

For this residency, Thomas Wynne has been awarded a Develop Your Creative Practice Grant from Arts Council England. During his time at Wireworks, Thomas aims to expand upon his practice which revolves around the conceptualisation and examination of a post-Earth epoch, The Promittocene. By interrogating representations of fictional futures through photography, installation and sculpture, Wynne’s work seeks to question the human condition and humanity’s position within the greater world ecosystem.  

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