2017 marks an exciting milestone for Fieldwork! We are celebrating our 10th anniversary this year with Soundwork - an exhibition of 6 new installations that incorporate sound. We hope you will journey out this season with friends and family to experience the diverse ways that artists think about, and use sound in their creative work at Fieldwork.


Soundwork: Opens Saturday, May 13. 2-5pm.

An afternoon of artists' talks, a tour, performances and workshops.


Mixed Metaphors (Jesse Stewart & Matt Edwards)

Hilary Martin & Ranjit Bhatnagar

Annette Hegel & Deborah Margo

Matt Rogalsky & Laura Cameron

Doug Van Nort

Nicola Oddy



2pm - Opening remarks. Artist introductions

2:30 - Singwalk (with Diana Smith for Nicola Oddy)

3:00 - Listening workshop (with Doug Van Nort)

3:30 - Castorimba Performance (with Gayle Young, Reinhard Reitzenstein)

4:00 - Performance of Erratic Grass (with Mixed Metaphors - Jesse Stewart and Matt Edwards)

4:30 - refreshments/wrap up


Explore art in nature along our field and forest trails. Fieldwork is open to the public all year long, free of charge. This exhibiton as well as many ongoing installations from previous years are yours to discover.


More information about this year's installations will be posted on the website and on our social media channels in the coming weeks so please follow us and share our pages with your friends.  Facebook, Twitter and Instagram



Fieldwork has been funded by the Ontario Arts Council since 2008.  We also rely on the generosity of our supporters. We appreciate donations of any size.  Please contact us if you would like to discuss donating.



Fieldwork  is open to the public daily, all year and free of charge.  Just park and walk.
Note: Please remember that it is a natural setting and there are bugs (including ticks).  Be sure to dress accordingly and cover up.
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Since its inception in 2008, Fieldwork has been run by a team of artists (The Collective) that volunteer their time and energy to make Fieldwork a vibrant and dynamic destination for the creation and experience of site-specific artwork in and around a field in eastern Ontario, close to the towns of Perth and Maberly.

Fieldwork hosts work by local, national and international artists at various stages of their careers and invites the public to visit and explore the artwork all year long. 

The Collective looks after the site, co-ordinates and promotes projects, shares administrative duties and makes joint curatorial decisions. From time to time the Collective members also create their own Fieldwork installations.

The Fieldwork Collective welcomes proposals from interested artists and circulates a public call for proposals annually in January.  Suggestions and proposals for events or workshops are also welcomed from the local community, schools and arts organizations that are interested in fostering connections, dialogue and creative action between people, art, and nature. Please contact us at fieldworkproject@gmail.com

More information on current and past installations can be found by scrolling down this page and/or by looking in the archives in the right hand menu.  Be sure to also check out additional photos of the installations - found in the galleries located in the right hand menu.

susie osler - Mar 28, 2017

We had a great day way back in September with a gang of folks from Ottawa - CNCAC members - and some arts enthusiasts and artists from Kingston, and the fieldwork  neighbourhood.  Three groups were formed and spent several hours creating installations in the woods behind the main field at fieldwork.  The theme for the sculptures was 'Rooting Through Creation', and all material was found on-site.

susie osler - Oct 17, 2011


Photo: Julie Druker.  Article from The Frontenac News
We had a terriffic day at fieldwork Sunday, September 11 celebrating the opening of Karina Bergman's new installation "OOH, AH, WOW!", and creating art in the forest behind the field with members of the Coalition for New Canadians in Arts and Culture (CNCAC), and several local and Kingston-area artists.  It was a fabulous day.  Julie Druker, reporter for The Frontenac News spent the day with us too.  Here is her account of the day.  THANKS Julie for the great article!
susie osler - Sep 21, 2011
word art, text, tarp, land art, fieldwork, Karina Bergmans

OOH, AH, WOW is installed at Fieldwork and opened on September 11, 2011.  It has been a challenging opportunity to create outdoor words for a field exhibition in terms in materials and scale.  In the coming months, I will add a few blog posts to this page with images of the process of creating the work, installing the work, repairing the work (after a incident with a 10 yr old ATV enthusiast) and the ensuing hay mite bites from the hay stuffing days. As the season changes from beautiful warm September  to the decent into winter, I will post the changes in the word works as may slump and alter as they are affected by the elements. It will be interesting to see what is left come springtime...I want to thank the Fieldwork Collective for their support with this project and a special thank you to the installation team: Jason, Jenny, Susie and Cam.  It would not have been possible to bring this work to life without you. If you are travelling down Hwy 7 in the next 6 months, turn onto Old Brooke Road for a look-see at the field.

karina bergmans - Sep 20, 2011

Have a look at Karina Bergmans making the first 'W' for 'WOW' - part of 'Ooh, Ah, Wow!' now installed at fieldwork! (video created by K. Bergmans)


susie osler - Sep 5, 2011
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Yesterday, Karina Bergmans and friends, Jenny McMaster and Jason Derikozis, came out to install the latest work in the field.  Karina has spent many weeks sewing some pretty fabulous, and certainly arresting, words and letters that we spent the better part of the day (Sunday of Labour Day weekend) stuffing with hay and anchoring in the field.  These objects are curious hybrids - referencing various and seemingly unrelated things all at once - language, grafitti, pillows, mattress, snowmobile suits, goalie pads, and scarecrows.  Much fun!

Come out and join us next Sunday, September 11 for the opening of 'Ooh, Ah, Wow!'.  Karina will be on-site to field any questions you may have.  More info about the opening and the workshop with CNCAC

susie osler - Sep 5, 2011
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                                                                                                                                                                                                       Photo: Karina Bergmans

Playing with words and exploring belonging: new projects at fieldwork, fall 2011

In partnership with the Ottawa-based, Coalition of New Canadians for Arts and Culture (CNCAC) as well as textile artist, Karina Bergmans, fieldwork is thrilled to host a very special day of creativity and fun on Sunday, September 11th, 2011. This is a free, public event and fieldwork welcomes your attendance and participation!

Following last year’s successful G40 Wheels to the Fields Tour, fieldwork has partnered with the CNCAC again. On September 11th, creative artists from around the world, who are now living in the Ottawa area, will come together to create a collective sculptural piece at fieldwork, a rural outdoor art space near Maberly, just west of Perth, Ontario.  The inspiration for the partnership between fieldwork  and the CNCAC has been to create opportunities for a diverse group of Ottawa-based artists to travel to rural Ontario, to explore the fall fieldwork installations, to network amongst each other, to share stories and skills, and to create sculpture.

Maria Gomez Umana, CNCAC Operations, Partners, and Members Director, describes the participatory work, Rooting through Creation, as “a day of collective creation in our search for identity as New Canadians. Led by Zimbabwean artist, Chikonzero Chazunguza, the group will construct several collective sculptures with all natural materials. The making of the sculptures will symbolize the individual and group process we go through as migrants who are working on rooting and thus become part of this land”. The finished pieces of art will remain on the fieldwork site as a record of the artistic experience.

Following the CNCAC’s Rooting Through Creation, (11:00am to 1:00pm) the group will have a pot-luck lunch. Bring your lunch and any natural materials you would like to contribute with for the sculpture. The event will be documented with photos and a short video which will be posted on the CNCAC website.

After lunch, fieldwork is pleased to host the opening of a new fall 2011 installation, OOH, AH, WOW by Karina Bergmans.  As Bergmans explains, “As a multi-disciplinary artist, I work in the mediums of fiber art, sculpture, and installation. I collaborate with the community through performance art and public craft projects. I thrive on redirecting the original purpose of material and recontextualizing it through a conceptual idea. Themes in my work are based on our collective experiences of language, communication, text and word play”.

The sculptures that Bergmans has created for fieldwork have challenged her to create work with hay and tarp materials, and in large scale, for an outdoor fall/winter season installation. In selecting words for this exhibition, Bergmans says,”I considered the palindrome (a word that can be spelled backwards and forwards i.e.: racecar), but I also looked at letters that can be flipped vertically and be the same letter i.e.: U, T, A, O, W, H, M, X, Y, V, because the work will be viewed from front and back. Influenced by graffitti style font and lettering, I chose the words OOH, AH, and WOW because they illicit excitement and isolate the graffiti tagging aesthetic to a bucolic environment”.

Karina Bergmans’ will present a brief discussion of her work followed by the opening from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

Hope to see you out in the field!

susie osler - Aug 30, 2011