The Shape of Farming exhibition

A new show has just opened at the Kelp Store, Papay (Papa Westray), Orkney. It is a collaboration with Mark Jenkins through our partnership Kolekto.

Unable to travel back to Papay during the preparation for the show (yes, you know why) we went back to initial photographs made before lockdown and started to look at the rooflights, gates, tractor tyres and barns, isolating and repeating the shapes to create patterns.

We used archive material from Papay Archive and Orkney Library & Archive as a starting point, drawn to the strong shapes in the archive photographs, the repetition of the circle in the cartwheel and later the tractor wheel. With the question in our minds What does farming in Papay look like? we took shapes as a vehicle to cross time.

You can view the work on the exhibition website here.

Thank you to Jonathan Ford and Jennifer Foley and special thanks to Jocelyn & Neil Rendall for access to Holland Farm.