Taking a line for a run

This second exhibition in The Phone Box Gallery features digital images and 3D-printed sculptures made by students working with artists James Steventon and Stuart Moore. These sculptures reinterpret the local landscape by manipulating and visualising heart rate and locative data collected when students ran through nearby woods and fields.

Following on from Fermynwoods’ online launch of the Running Artfully Network, our Director and artful runner James led a running based workshop asking students “Can running be art?”

After creating drawings by recalling their journeys to Fermyn Woods, students were encouraged to follow James in his 18th Century Running Footman garb and run around outdoors to create multi-dimensional drawings of the landscape between Brigstock and Sudborough. These images were obtained using a hacked a sports watch.

Students programmed a Python script to strip out the data they needed, replacing the contours of the landscape with the student’s own heart rate data, before building 3D models in engineering software Surfer. These were turned into 3D-printed sculptures and keepsakes by our Education Coordinator Stuart Moore, some of which can be found inside the phone box. Students also filmed their routes and photographed Fermyn Woods from above via a drone.

The Phone Box Gallery is a project from Fermynwoods Contemporary Art in partnership with Sudborough Parish Council and students from The CE Academy, transforming the decommissioned telephone box in the village of Sudborough into an evolving exhibition space.

This gallery will show exhibitions curated and featuring work by students working on our artist led Alternative Provision programme based at nearby Sudborough Green Lodge.

The Phone Box Gallery was made possible through a grant from The Wooden Spoon Fund.