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
fieldwork-steven white-piano pendulum

To listen to Steven White's Piano Pendlum click on the video below.

susie osler - May 19, 2011
fieldwork-michael alstad-coyote illumination
fieldwork-steven white- piano pendulum
fieldwork-jennifer ryder jones-scragends/scarecrows

Despite the continuing grey weather a great crowd of people came out to celebrate  the opening of fieldwork's Summer 2011 installations with us.  Great food, wonderful, imaginative installations, lovely people and a lovely space.  What more does one need on a sombre May afternoon? After a long winter, and a couple of barren weeks, the field is now showing off its 'summer collection'!   More pictures will be posted soon in the 'spring/summer 2011 gallery' in the menu to the right.

Come visit!

susie osler - May 17, 2011

fieldwork is holding the opening of its Summer Art Installations this Sunday, May 15th between 2-4 pm.  

Participating artists are Steven White (Owen Sound), Jennifer Ryder-Jones (Almonte), Michael Alstad (Toronto), and the Bakerygroup (Marcin Padlewski and Anissa Szeto-Padlewski (Clayton)).  (Click on their names to view their websites). 

The installations, each a unique visual response to the nature of the site itself, result also from each artist’s specific interests and methods of working.  Steven White’s work Piano Pendulum invites participation from the public (and nature) and highlights his interest in ‘accidental’ music, nature and technology.  Jennifer Ryder-Jones’ Scrag-ends/Scarecrows contemplate the notion of ‘waste’, renewal and decay.  Michael Alstad’s Coyote Illumination brings some drama and light to the field and investigates the relationship/tension between humans, the wild, and nature.  Finally, the Bakerygroup’s Inside/Out invites us to ponder our perception of art and how it is influenced by the environment that ‘frames’ the art-viewing experience.

Bring your family and friends out this Sunday (May 15, 2-4 pm) for a walk around the field to explore this new work and meet the artists.  All are welcome.  Light refreshments will be available. The Summer Installations will remain in the field until the end of August.

susie osler - May 12, 2011

Gone with the Wind: Thoughts on the Aeolian Organ

By Jesse Stewart

In the Fall of 2010, I was honoured to have been asked by Susie Osler to contribute a piece to fieldwork, a beautiful outdoor art exhibition space near Perth, Ontario. I decided that I wanted to create a work that would draw on my dual background in the visual and sonic arts, so I created an Aeolian Organ consisting of tuned pipes ranging in length from roughly twelve to eighteen feet. These pipes are mounted vertically and are distributed across the field in such a way as to create a waveform across the horizon. Made out of 4-inch diameter black ABS pipe, the pipes elicit different tones as wind blows across vertical openings near the top of each tube. These openings are oriented in different directions such that shifts in wind direction activate different harmonics of different pipes, resulting in an ever-changing series of harmonies. The distal openings near head height on each pipe serve as listening holes for visitors to the site.

The pipes are tuned to a natural minor scale or "aeolian mode," named after Aeolus, the Greek god of wind. Although the pipes sound mainly on windy days, one can hear reflections of ambient sonic environment in each tube at all times in much the same way that children “hear the ocean” inside empty seashells. The length of each resonating pipe sculpts the ambient sound, reinforcing different portions of the harmonic spectrum. The piece thus draws attention to both the landscape and the soundscape in all kinds of weather, encouraging those who engage with the work to think about the relationships between themselves, the landscape, and the sonic environment.

On April 28, 2011—two days before I was slated to uninstall the work—severe winds swept through Southern Ontario, downing trees and injuring dozens of people. The winds—which topped speeds of 120 km per hour at times—knocked down several wind organ pipes, bending the ¾ inch galvanized steel rods supporting them in 90 degrees. I would have liked to have heard what that sounded like! I take this occurrence as a lesson in impermanence and a reminder of the extraordinary power of nature. In many ways, this is what the piece was about in the first place.

 My sincere thanks go to Susie Osler and the entire fieldwork collective for the opportunity to show this piece at their beautiful site.

Jesse Stewart April 30, 2011


jesse stewart - Apr 30, 2011
fieldwork, land art

Took a quick tour on skis around fieldwork a couple of days ago and here's what things are looking like (click here to watch a short video).  Winter is a great time to come out with snowshoes or skis! 

susie osler - Jan 31, 2011