Lorrice Douglas at Grizedale Arts

Lorrice Douglas at Grizedale Arts

Lorrice Douglas was invited by Grizedale Arts , Cumbria UK in 2001/2002

What specific challenge did Grizedale give you?

"I was invited to Grizedale rather than actively seeking a residency. It was my first experience of a residency situation and I didn't arrive with a project proposal. PAGEANT grew from being in rural Cumbria at a very isolated time shortly after the foot & mouth crises when footpaths were closed and tourism to the area was at an all time low. I started by researching folk dance and traditions but I soon wanted to do something more interactive. I collaborated with Grizedale Arts Administrator and Playwright Audrey Steeley to devise and present a strange and mysterious event entitled 'PAGEANT'. It was billed as a 'Lakeland Variety Show' and took place at a local Village Hall. A space was created in which a new kind of collaboration could take place. Over 150 people participated in the production of the event. The whole intervention took place within a one month period. This included advertising in an ad-hoc manner; self made posters in obscure shop windows, notice boards and forest locations, hand made tickets, local radio, auditions, and all preparations. This ephemeral material and the siting of it became an important aspect of the artwork; 'creeping in through the back-door' beside ancient institutional events. The following year I made the book ''PAGEANT' - A Lakeland Variety Show', published by Grizedale Arts which acts as a kind of 'souvenir' to the making of the project"

What unexpected factors did appear, and how did you deal with them?

"I wasn't expecting the invisible divide between the local community and the Artist-in-Residence programme that I noticed back then. The isolation was a challenge and my priority was to make new work with people I found interesting at the time. I was in an unfamiliar, very quiet and rather secretive environment and I was going to do something with that. I considered the theme; local & exotic, which was interchangeable depending on who was doing the looking. Audrey was certainly considered local and I wasn't. We made quite an interesting duo"