Duke’s Wood Project – Key dates and events


Aug 31 – Sept 29 (Public opening events Aug 31 & Sept 1)

Duke’s Wood Project is an exhibition within a nature reserve which was formerly the UK’s first on-shore oil field featuring 7 new artworks by artists; Folke Koebberling & Martin Kaltwasser, Alec Finlay, Anne-Mie Melis, Stephen Turner, Institute for Boundary Interaction (I.B.I), Louise K. Wilson and Dan Robinson. It also features special events by artists Jo Dacombe and Alison Lloyd.

About Ordinary Culture

We are delighted to introduce our new initiative Ordinary Culture and our inaugural curatorial venture Duke’s Wood Project. Ordinary Culture was set up with a view to facilitating publishing and curatorial projects that explore the ways in which art and artists connect with place; illuminating lost or forgotten histories, imagining alternatives for the future, or simply unearthing and drawing attention to things in our environment that were hitherto overlooked or unrealised.

About Duke’s Wood Project

Our first offering, Duke’s Wood Project, began as a long-term research interest, looking at the history and socio-political significance of Duke’s Wood and the fascinating industrial heritage of the area. Duke’s Wood is now a nature reserve boasting a rich and thriving ecology, but once played host to a large-scale secret military operation – the drilling and excavation of our most prized yet politically contentious natural resource – crude oil. It was this unlikely coming together of two seemingly opposed things – heavy industrial and ecology – that attracted us to the site and has continued to provide a basis for detailed critical reflection.

So compelling was the story of Duke’s Wood, as documented in the extensive archive within the Duke’s Wood Oil Museum, and recalled by the museums curator’s Kevin Topham and John Lukehurst, that we began to imagine ways that a contemporary art project might respond to the place and extend its fascinating narrative. We resolved that an artist residency programme, inviting 9 contemporary artists to spend time at the wood at different points throughout the year, would encourage an intimate engagement with place and enable the in-depth level of exploration required.

Duke’s Wood Project is the result of over a year of such exploration and enquiry and the artworks you will find around the wood are manifestations of a sustained period of research undertaken by each of the artists involved.


Project Dates

The exhibition programme runs from August 31 until September 29, 2013 and takes place at the Duke’s Wood Nature Reserve near the village of Eakring in Nottinghamshire. The exhibition features 7 newly commissioned artworks sited around the wood.

Public Opening Events

Duke’s Wood Project opens to the pubic August 31st & September 1st with a weekend of special events. Press views will be help on Friday August 30 or by appointment.

Saturday August 31

From 12pm -late

Public launch of all newly commissioned artworks.
1-3pm – Family activities with Joanna Dacombe
3pm – Introductory tour with Dukes Wood Project Curators

Bow Down: A series of intermittent performances taking place in the woodland clearings throughout the day with poets Alec Finlay and Amy Cutler and singer Hanna Tuulikki.

5pm – 9pm – Opening reception at Duke’s Wood with film screenings and a live performance by Surfacing.

Sunday September 1

From 12pm

Public launch of all newly commissioned artworks.
1-3pm – Family activities with Joanna Dacombe
3pm – Introductory tour with Dukes Wood Project Curators


Duke’s Wood Project is supported by Arts Council England, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, Nottinghamshire County Council, Newark & Sherwood District Council, Nottingham Contemporary, and The University of Nottingham

For more information or images please contact Sam West or Aaron Juneau on 07773176915 or 07771533316, alternatively email sam@ordinaryculture.org.uk and/or info@ordinaryculture.org.uk



Opening times

Duke’s Wood Nature Reserve is open to the public at all times. Organised parties including school parties are particularly welcome. Bookings should be arranged through Ordinary Culture.

Duke’s Wood Oil Museum opening times:

Open every Sunday from around 12pm until 5pm

Open every Saturday & Sunday from around 12pm until 5pm

Tuesday – Sunday from: 12pm until 5pm.

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