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.
Directions to the project are

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

The genesis of the Scragends project goes back a while, 1997 to be precise, with twelve willow mannequins that I made for an international fashion show "Fashioning Textiles" that travelled across Canada for "Canada's Year of Asia Pacific".  All twelve mannequins, fashioned from branches and found objects, were a size 8 and were clothed in the works of various designers. 

Over the years those mannequins moved around with various people and to different places, but my interest in them remained so I began an effort to gather the group back together.  The remains of seven of the mannequins are back in my possession now, some of them having nearly faded away to nothing (a  size 0?).  Collected in my yard, they were awaiting a new life when the concept for the Scragends installation began developing.

The term “Scragends” comes from an English expression for rubbish.  I’ve had a consistent interest in dealing with recycling in my work, and the beauty of repurposing found and natural objects.  The Scragends, like the mannequins, are compiled of various recycled objects – some will disintegrate, and others not.   While the Scragends endure their lifecycle in the elements at fieldwork, I continue to hope that the absent five mannequins can be secured, so that the original twelve will be recycled and reunited once more. 

Jennifer Ryder-Jones

chris grosset - Aug 29, 2011
fieldwork, (Re)Seed, Susie Osler

Lots of flowers that were 'dispersed' from the (Re)Seed installation (by Susie Osler) at the New Art Festival (Ottawa) have been re-seeded and photos have been coming in.  You can check them all out with descriptions of where they have been put by going to the (Re)Seed Photo Gallery.  New photos will continue to be added as they trickle in so check in every now and again!  And big THANKS  to those who have participated so far!

susie osler - Aug 17, 2011

"Scrag-ends" consists of a series of decaying willow mannequins: twelve were originally made in 1997 for use as display forms in "Fashioning Textiles", a travelling exhibition in celebration of "Canada's Year of Asia Pacific".  In a future blog entry I will write about the history of the pieces.

Three have remained in my possession, silently marking the metamorphic passing of time.  "Scrag-ends" is a derogatory expression used in England and refers to waste or rubbish.  In my work I deal with environmental issues and the juxtaposition of various energy sources created through new uses and recycling of a multitude of diverse materials.  The "Scrag-ends" are made of locally collected willow and recycled metals, clay, and debris found in the area.   

The installation at fieldwork will be in situ for a year, allowing the pieces to start the decay process over the seasons.  I will document and blog about their gradual decay over the fall, winter and spring.  Visit the "Scrag-ends" in person and send me your comments and photos at fieldworkproject@gmail.com

Jennifer Ryder-Jones

chris grosset - Aug 1, 2011

It was a cool grey weekend in the Tay Valley Township with continuous precipitation fluctuating from drizzle to showers. The animal filled weekend was full of strange coincidences that oddly resonated with my installation at FieldWork. My work generally explored ideas of how boundaries between the constructed and natural world are constantly shifting and the way in which these defined spaces are challenged and transform over time.

The weekend stay at our annual summer getaway at Lochdale Farm , near the FieldWork site, had an ominous start. Driving past the gates of the farm we discovered, to our dismay, a coyote corpse intertwined in the fence. The propped up position of the animal suggested it was killed while trespassing - it's body used to frighten and prevent other coyotes from entering the property.

We were struck by the irony that, in our trunk, we were transporting a 3D coyote decoy used to “rid an area of disease carrying Canada Geese”. The plastic coyote was one of several objects incorporated into FieldWork installation which was a nod to Joseph Beuys famous 1974 performance, I Like America and America Likes Me, where the artist spent three days in a NYC gallery with a felt blanket, a flashlight, a cane and a live coyote.

Beuys acknowledged the spiritual significance of animals, the meanings and symbols they convey and how their disappearance and decimation is a sign of global and societal ills. The animals that are thriving, coyotes being in this group, are the ones that have adapted to an expanding urban environment. Back in Toronto, soon after the install at Fieldwork, were reports of a raccoon killing attempt by an irate home owner claiming to protect his garden. The article suggested Coyote urine an effective repellent to urban raccoons.

For more photos of Coyote Illumination click here and/or visit the gallery on this website in the menu to the right called 'spring/summer 2011 - coyote illumination'

michael alstad - Jun 28, 2011
Fieldwork,Bakerygroup,Marcin Padlewski, Anissa Szeto, Art, Architecture

Having recently worked on several large organic sculptures, we decided to revisit our roots in Architecture.  We chose to use a standard construction method as a tool to question circumstances surrounding perception so that hopefully visitors may experience land art through a twist in perspective. 

As always, we are advocates of physical making. Inside Out began as table top models and sketches long before the drawings were produced on the computer for the final construction.  Inside Out was materialized at our studio in Lanark Highlands.  It was then transported in six pieces via a 4X8 trailer to the Fieldwork site.  We had beautiful weather on the installation day.  Under the bright blue sky, the installation was a breeze with the help of our dear friend, Roy.   

bakerygroup - Jun 14, 2011
fieldwork-susie osler-(Re)Seed

fieldwork had a great time at The New Art Festival in Ottawa last weekend and wow, thanks everyone for your participation!  Approximately 1600 flowers were 'picked' by visitors to the festival from the installation, to be 're-seeded'  in places needing some life, beauty, nature and/or spirit - offerings by you (participants) out to the world.  The photos have begun to roll in - WONDERFUL- and I will be posting them and any comments weekly in the (Re)Seed Gallery, along with my reflections on the project in the (Re)Seed Blog

susie osler - Jun 6, 2011