Neville Gabie

The Edge of Things

    

The Edge of Things Joan and Neville Gabie

Blickling Hall Norfolk.

Neville and Joan Gabie have been commissioned by the National Trust Trust New Art programme to make work in response to the library of Books. Blickling Hall has the largest library of books in any National Trust House, some 12,500 books from early manuscripts, to the bulk of the collection, from the age of Enlightenment. 

See;https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/the-library-at-blickling

Neville and Joan have selected three subject areas to respond to; Natural History, Language, and Science. In particular they are responding to a number of specific books including;

Eliot Bible – printed in Cambridge Massachuesetts 1663

Micrographia, or Minute Bodies – Robert Hooke 1665

Harmonia Macrocosmica 1661

Sphaera Mundi – Johannes De Sacrobusso – 1478

Historia Animalium – Conrad Gessner 1551- 1558

The installation and Exhibition of the work will take place at Blickling Hall from May – October 2019. More information to follow

The Dinner

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The Dinner

Ram Quarter Wandsworth Neville Gabie has been commissioned by FutureCity on behalf of Greenland Developers to make a new work for the site of the former Young’s Brewery, Wandsworth, London. The work is due to begin in March 2017 and be completed by December 2017

Neville Gabie has been invited to make a new work which responds to the history of the former Young’s Brewery and to the sites future prospects as a residential and commercial development in the heart of London. The work he is proposing to make will be a re-staged Dinner at Wandsworth Town Hall based on a photograph of the Staff Christmas Dinner taken in 1948. The ‘guests’ for this re-staged event will include; former brewery employees, architects, planners, builders, and engineers involved in the transformation of the site, new residents, shop and restaurant tenants and members of the Wandsworth community.  Neville Gabie is working with Brickbox to develop this commission.

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Cambridge Rules 1848

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Cambridge Rules 1848

Artists Neville Gabie and Alan Ward were commissioned by the Cambridge Arts Steering Group on behalf of Cambridge City Council to create a work marking the location of The Cambridge Rules. Commissioned in 2015, the work is due to be completed by Spring 2018

In 1848 a group of students from the university agreed on one set of rules by which to play football on Parker’s Piece. These 11 rules are the first rules for football in the modern era. Almost entirely adopted by the FA when drafting the FA rules in 1863, it could be said that Parker’s Piece itself is the birthplace of football as we know it.

Artists Neville Gabie and Alan Ward are developing a sculptural work and a significant online project to be shared worldwide and designed to echo the international phenomena that football has become. For more information please see the project website http://www.cambridgerules1848.com/

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Cambridge Community Collection

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Cambridge Community Collection.

Commissioned by Cambridge City Council in 2014 – due for completion in 2019

Neville Gabie was commissioned to come up with a concept to mark pedestrian, cycle and other routes between the new developments in the south of Cambridge City and the city centre. Neville Gabie proposed planting every UK variety of apple tree  [approximately 800 different varieties] alphabetically in concentric circles with a centre-point in the botanical gardens and the furthermost circle near the M11 motorway. This unique archive of apple trees, planted in alphabetical sequence will indicate your location relative to the city centre.

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Given that apple trees can only be propagated by a process of grafting wood from the desired tree variety into a selected rootstock, this concept of ‘grafting’ also seemed to provide a perfect metaphor for the developments in the south of the city, where whole new communities, schools, hospitals, are being built in and around long established existing communities.

The bulk of the trees are being provided by Brogdale Nursery, Kent using the National Fruit Collection as our starting point. All the trees will be grafted over a 4-5 year cycle and planted out each spring and autumn by local community groups.

Project Website; http:http://cambridgecommunitycollection.co.uk/

Project Proposal as submitted in 2014; the-cambridge-community-collection

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