August 17, 2016


Because our work takes place in public spaces, all of our activity is delivered in partnership with other organisations. These include the following:

Fermynwoods is working in partnership with Royal & Derngate and Northampton Town Football Club to commission Seven Sisters Group to create The Twelfth Player (2017), an audio-visual performance at Sixfields football stadium, which reflects the experiences of three generations of football fans.

We are developing ideas for a project to engage with isolated older people in the Corby and Kettering areas with the Royal Voluntary Service, which was inspired by a Contemporary Visual Arts Network, East Midlands event; The Start of Something – Art + Loneliness.

Since 2006 Fermynwoods has worked in partnership with the Forestry Commission. We secured funding from the River Nene Regional Partnership and Arts Council England to refurbish two cottages (Sudborough Green Lodge) situated in the middle of Fermyn Woods, which are owned by the Forestry Commission and the Lodge functioned as our Artist Residency, Research and Education Center for over 15 years.

Kenny Hunter’s Black Swan is currently being exhibited in Barnwell Country Park, in collaboration with Northamptonshire County Council’s Country Parks Department, after Habitat was presented there in 2013/14.

Fermynwoods helped to develop the application to the Arts Council’s Creative People and Places programme for Made in Corby, which aims to “take a new approach to making sure that more local people can take the lead; experience, create and take part in great art” and Fermynwoods is mentoring the Priors Hall Park resident’s panel to commission new outdoor artwork for their location.

The Remote Lab is programmed in partnership with East Northamptonshire Council – as part of the annual Nene Valley Festival – and in partnership with Alfred East Gallery – as part of the Northamptonshire Open Studios event.

Beyond Seven Mountains (2016) was delivered in partnership with Corby Borough Council and Corby Woodlands Friends Groups, following on from The Listening Forest, our Artist in Residence project in Corby with Sophie Herxheimer.

We deliver events for regional members of engage – the national advocacy and support organisation for gallery education – focusing on our digital and sound art based educational activity. Fermynwoods’ Education Officer is also the Special Interest Representative for Digital Programmes for engage.

The Free Exchange on Tour is being delivered in collaboration with a range of partners and areas, including The Baring Foundation, Brigstock Astronomical Society, Cotesbach Educational Trust and the Rockingham Forest Trust.

Other recent partners include:

Corby Community Arts (The Listening Forest)
Corby Walking Festival (Nikki Pugh and Kathy Hinde)
The Core (Gesture)
The National Trust (Encounters; journeys through language and landscape and Tomoko Take’s Purple Emperor)
Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust (Sounding Out)
Nottingham Castle and Museum (Make Believe: Re-imagining history and landscape)
Orchestras Live (Sounding Out)
University of Northampton (Common Purpose conference)
The Wildlife Trust (I Bring my Body…, Jason Singh)

Also see Funders for organisations and businesses that contribute financially to our work as well as working in partnership with us.