1 Min Read: Hefted To Hill is the culmination of a year’s work on the part of artist/philosopher/dry stone waller Ewan Allinson

“if you’re wanting to chain harrow or something like that  you tend to watch the birds to see where they are, but you haven’t got to take your eyes off where they are becuase as soon as you get too near they fly off and if you try to see where the nest is you can’t find it all so you’ve literally got to keep your eyes on it all the time.  When you get near, I always get off the tractor and put something beside the nest so I can see it”

Hefted To Hill is the culmination of a year’s work on the part of artist/philosopher/dry stone waller Ewan Allinson, photographers Louise Taylor and Richard Glynn (of Wideyed Collective), and seven farmers who have contributed their time, their wisdom and their conversation. 

During the course of the project, the conversations that took place during this shared activity over the period of one year were without exception good-natured, open-minded, often hilarious, and rich in details. 

“when you mark the lambs when they’re maybe a month old,  you bring them into the pens again and the bloody yows, as soon as you open the gate, they really just run, you’ve never seen owt like it and you just think – ah they’re desparate to be back up there and why I don’t know cos the ground inside is much sweeter, but there’s like an innate built in thing to be up there, out the way”

Now that we have piqued your interest with these snippets, hear the conversations in full here and sound files from the two exhibtions:

Conversations with Trevor and Susan

Conversations with Joanne and Robin

Conversations with Graham and Sandra

Conversations with Steven

Exhibition Sound File St James-the-Less, Forest-in-Teesdale A

Exhibition Sound File St James-the-Less, Forest-in-Teesdale B

Exhibition Sound File St Thomas’ Stanhope A

Exhibition Sound File St Thomas’ Stanhope B