• The Encampment of Eternal Hope at BALTIC

    Photo: Mark Pinder

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  • Encampment of Eternal Hope at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. Installation shot

    Photographer: Mark Pinder

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  • The Dance of Eternal Hope at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. Choreographed by Kate Taylor

    Photographer:Mark Pinder

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  • Heaton Herbalists Ann Larvin and Jill Schnabel

    Photographer:Mark Pinder

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  • Mayan Priestess Giovanna Miralles performs a Mayan Ceremony at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.

    Photographer: Mark Pinder

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  • Zoe Walker & Neil Bromwich Encampment of Eternal Hope.

    Mark Pinder

  • Heaton Herbalists at BALTIC

    Photo: Mark Pinder

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Zoe Walker & Neil Bromwich

The Encampment of Eternal Hope

5 October 2012 - 13 January 2013

BALTIC will premiere The Encampment of Eternal Hope, a major new sculptural installation by Zoë Walker & Neil Bromwich extending their enquiry into the role of art as an active agent for transformation in society. Taking apocalyptic predictions for 21 December 2012 – the end date for the Mayan Calendar – as an imaginative catalyst, the project envisages a post-apocalyptic utopian community, a kind of ‘garden of earthly delights’.  This ambitious participatory installation will evolve within the gallery space involving audiences in a programme of events, which bring together experts in the fields of ecology, economy and the arts to explore hopes and fears for future survival. 

The Encampment of Eternal Hope is a nomadic social sculpture, field laboratory and evolving community. Part-tent and part-garden, it seeks out positive strategies for future living at a time of global uncertainty. The collaborative duo are renowned for their large-scale participatory events and exhibitions that invite audiences to imagine better worlds.

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Additional Information

10 November – 22 December 2012
Daily at 13.30 until 20 December 2012 / Level 2 / FREE
The Encampment of Eternal Hope will include a programme of events and daily activities. Visitors are invited to become part of this laboratory for future living. Join a team of experts within the fields of ecology,economy and the arts and play your part in this live artwork. The programme includes invited expert speakers such as physicist David Korowicz from Feasta (The Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability), Transition Towns Newcastle, Heaton Herbalists, Dr. Geraldine Wright from the Honeybee Lab, Newcastle University, alongside survival exercise classes, around the ‘campfire’ discussions and soapbox opportunities, the ritual dance of Eternal Hope rehearsals, apocalyptic choir recitals and off-site visits, featuring a field trip witha professional forager and visit to Bill Quay Community Farm.
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21-22 December 2012
These activities will climax in The Festival of the Apocalypse, a two-dayfestival starting on 21 December 2012, the apocalyptic end date for theMayan Calendar and continuing (hopefully) into the new dawn andrebirth on 22 December 2012. 
Explore the full programme by clicking on the info to the right.

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