Triple Harvest

Triple Harvest

“The story of Corby is one of steel. The fortunes of the East Northamptonshire town were intrinsically tied to those of the steel industry for much of the 20th century: booming in the postwar years before succumbing to the aftermath of the 1970s recession. Corby is a place of constant reinvention, adaptation and modernisation, and the raw materials of its history can be extracted from the holdings of the BFI National Archive and regional collections.”

British Film Institute


We’re inviting artists to create a new online video work as part of Fermynwoods Contemporary Art’s new two-year programme of artistic interventions in public spaces across Northamptonshire, In Steps of Sundew. The programme explores the push and pull between nature and human presence and the effect that extracting resources from the landscape has upon those living within it.


We are inviting artists to remix Double Harvest, alongside footage from three other Corby heritage films to create new narratives through the extraction of archival film material.

Peter Paul’s 1960’s documentary film Double Harvest told the story of the Steelworks’ impact on Corby, where the land was harvested for iron ore, returning to farmland for future crop yields. In 2016, Corby’s population was projected to increase faster than any other borough outside of London, with much of the land now being developed for homes welcoming new migrations of people to the town.


The four resources to mine, remix or combine with new content are:

  • Double Harvest: The story of the impact of Stewarts and Lloyds Steelworks on Corby.
  • PLUTO: Corby’s role in making the Pipeline Under The Ocean, which supplied the Allied Armies during the D-day landings and subsequent invasion of occupied Europe.
  • The Great Jib: A story of the ingenuity and skill of the workforce at Corby Steelworks during the making of what was the biggest walking dragline between 1947-1951.
  • Iron Ore in Britain: The mining and extraction of iron ore and its use in steel making. Artists are invited to view the original archive films here.

View the original archive films here.

Fee and application procedure:

We will be commissioning up to six new artist works, with a fee of £750 for each commission.

To apply please view the films and send a short proposal outlining how you intend to approach this commission, alongside a CV and examples of previous work (film based or otherwise)

Selection panel:

Fermynwoods team and Gary Thomas.

Gary Thomas is Director of Animate Projects, curating and producing projects at the intersection of animation, art and film. He also works as a film programme manager at the British Council, the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations.

For submissions, questions about the brief or technical aspects please contact:


10 May – Call out launched
1 June – Deadline for submitting proposal
5 June – Selection of work
5 June – Selected artists informed
9 August – Deadline for artwork to be sent to Fermynwoods
16 August – Triple Harvest online launch

For submissions, questions about the brief or technical aspects please contact:

More Information:

Sundews are species of carnivorous plants, which digest insects through the glands on their leaves in order to supplement the poor mineral nutrition of the soil in which they grow.

Sundew was also the name of the largest walking dragline excavator in the world, used in mining operations in Rutland and Northamptonshire between 1957 and 1980. In 1974 plans were devised to relocate the machine to a recently opened British Steel Corporation quarry near Corby. As moving and reconstructing the machine was not viable, Sundew walked 13 miles over an eight-week period.

In Steps of Sundew retraces the movement of people and resources from the landscape as well as referencing the dragline excavator’s Great Walk, posing questions about the relationship between the natural and the industrial and how these might coexist whilst avoiding climate breakdown.

For further context, a digital version of our 2020 bulletin is available to view at:

Thanks to Corby Borough Council for sharing their archives for this project.