ACA Residency (Allenheads): As Above So Below/ Three Days Chthonic:
Three Days Chthonic
Four artists one engineer and three days and two nights underground.
Alan Smith, Louise K Wilson, John Bowers, Tim Shaw and Peter Mathews will enter Smallcleugh mine in Nenthead, Cumbria to settle into the vast cavern cut out of solid limestone by the lead miners; now known as the Ballroom.
The Ballroom gets its name from an event that that took place on September the 2nd 1901 when around 30 local people travelled into the mine for a village dinner party and dance.
The five will be faced with the challenge of not only existing in in this extreme environment for 72 hours, but will also be challenged to produce sufficient electricity for the production of works that will respond to the place through their overall experience.
On the 3rd day licensed mine guides will bring an audience down to Ballroom to view the results and meet the artists.