Twitter Facebook

© 2013

Cara Tolmie

A performance at Lenham Quarry, Kent, Sunday 19 August, 2012.

The artist began by leading a silent walk through Lenham Quarry at dusk, stopping at moments to consider the landscape around. The quarrying had left a steep hollow in the earth, revealing sand banks that stretched down some 30 feet. Each bank was ablaze with colour - bands of tan, brown, gold, yellow and pink - which were illuminated by the failing summer sun. We were brought down to the floor of the quarryscape, which had been worn smooth by the wheels of countless dumptrucks and by the effects of successive flash floods. At some point, one of us must have disturbed something, either by causing the friable sandbanks to crumble or by walking too heavy on our feet, because a hare darted out behind us, bolting out across the quarry and into a warren on the opposite bank. We sat down beside a low, heather-topped mound and accepted the sets of headphones that the artist distributed.


Cara Tolmie (b.1984, Glasgow, currently based in London)

Cara Tolmie works across performance, film, sound and installation. She graduated in 2005 from Duncan of Jordanstone, Dundee, spent two years on the committee of artist-run gallery Transmission between 2006 and 2008 and participated in the LUX Associate Artist's Programme 2009/10. Recent exhibitions and events include Her Noise: Feminisms and the Sonic, Tate Modern, London (2012); A Sensible Stage, LUX Moving Image Biennale, ICA, London (2012); Frieze Projects, London (2012); Description 5, Supplement, London (2011); Seeing in the Dark, CIRCA Projects, Newcastle (2011); 3 Penny Opera, S1 Artspace; and Read Thou Art and Read Thou Shalt Remain, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee.

Forthcoming projects include a commission for Picture This, Bristol (2012) and the Whitstable Biennale (2012).

She also collaborates in the group Graham Ball with Paul Abbott and plays in the band Rude Pravo with Stevie Jones and Luke Fowler.


PIT is commissioned as part of JERUSALEM.

Taking the form of collective journeys, JERUSALEM is an ongoing project that commissions artists to make work informed by, housed within or seeking alliance with selected architectural sites across the UK. The first chapter of JERUSALEM takes place from 17 - 19th August, 2012. Participating artists are: Dennis McNulty, Francesco Pedraglio and Cara Tolmie.