The Edge of Things Joan and Neville Gabie
Blickling Hall Norfolk. May 16th 2019 – October 27th 2019
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.
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
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.
Cambridge Rules 1848 – a sculpture across the world
See Project website https://www.cambridgerules1848.com
Artists Neville Gabie and Alan Ward were commissioned by the Cambridge Arts Steering Group on behalf of Cambridge City Council to create an artwork marking the location where The Cambridge Rules were first implemented
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.
To echo the global spread of the game and its ability to empower across social, economic racial and gender, the concept of the work involves;
A single large block of granite, etched with the Cambridge Rules in numerous languages – then split into 9 vertical columns. 4 were installed on Parkers Piece in May 2018 – 5 are being sent to vert different worldwide locations.
- One has been installed at the Maracana Stadium, in Rio, Brazil
- One has been installed at Shanghai Shenua FC, youth training ground in China
- One has been installed at a youth project for street children in Chennai, India
- Two others are currently on their way to Mombassa Kenya and the Middle East.
A book of the project is due to be published in Autumn 2019 once all the stones are located and documented.
With thanks to our project Partners Street Child United.
Regrettably this project is no longer being continued by the artist due to the lack of support from Cambridge City Council. They may continue delivering artists vision but without Neville Gabie’s involvement.
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.
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