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-badges for brooke valley- flower marie lunn
fieldwork-badges for brooke valley- flower marie lunn
fieldwork-badges for brooke valley- flower marie lunn
fieldwork-badges for brooke valley- flower marie lunn

Badges for Brooke Valley took shape this week when Flower Marie Lunn spent a few days custom fitting her banners to their poles and installing them and the pavillion with Adam's help (hooray for tall fellows!).  We lucked out with the weather and managed to get it up and running without getting too wet!

susie osler - Jun 21, 2010

Just a reminder to all that the opening for fieldwork's summer installations is tomorrow (Sunday, June 20) from 2-5pm. Bring friends and family, and enjoy a wander around the field and forest exploring Flower Marie Lunn's Badges for Brooke Valley and Dan Nuttall's Bewilderness.  Both artists have started to post blogs about their work (see postings below).

Click on 'location' in the menu to the right for directions.
Hope to see you in the field tomorrow!

susie osler - Jun 19, 2010
summer, 2010

Tune in tomorrow, Friday, June 18th to listen to an interview about upcoming events and news at fieldwork with Vanessa Davies of CKCU 93.1 FM - Ottawa community radio station - at 7:30 a.m.  You can also stream it live online (goto their website).

susie osler - Jun 17, 2010
fieldwork, Flower Marie Lunn, Badges for Brooke Valley

There are now three poles with flag banners atop them marking out the field, waving in the wind. 

One of the poles will also be the support for a badge pavilion, so to speak.   That is stage two. All stages will be up for the opening!

flower lunn - Jun 16, 2010
fieldwork, Flower Marie Lunn, Badges for Brooke Valley

Alongside the events and passages that shape the life of a community are smaller, more individual events
in a life in the local landscape.  Badges for Brooke Valley celebrates the small moments of life in its woods
and fields, drawing upon memories of growing up in the area adjacent to the fieldwork site.

Skating over weeds frozen into ice, discovering secret patches of flowers in the forest, or going to the
outhouse at night – these passages were a big deal to me as a child, and form a unique kind of skill set,
overlooked beside more practical proficiencies and forgotten when I became an adult, now living in a city.
When I think back to my life here, I miss those subtle engagements that quietly strengthen the connection
to the land.

This is what Badges for Brooke Valley commemorates. Like scouts’ or guides’ merit badges,  the badge
marks experience of mastery, of adaptation to the situation at hand.  Unlike official merit badges, these
ones mark memories and skills unique to a person’s experience of growing up in the landscape.  Here  it is
the minor events, the childhood memories, the overlooked and idiosyncratic experiences of daily life in the
country, that are commemorated.

There will be an opening on Sunday June 20th, from 2 - 5pm.  All are welcome to come and take a badge, whether as souvenier, or memento in honour of shared experience.

flower lunn - Jun 16, 2010
fieldwork, dan nuttall, artist, trees, ecology, landscape architecture sculpture

Dendrophobia:             the fear of trees

Nyctohylophilia:          the love of dark wooded areas

Silvaphobia:                 the fear of cutting trees

Xylophilia:                     the love of wood objects

Some of our deepest fears are ecological. As with other fears, humans often deny or resist becoming conscious of their ecological fears because they threaten the "self".Moving into the darkness to confront our ecological fears may be a step on the path to sustainability. If it is true that our separation from nature is one of the contributors to our current state of un-sustainability then we must devise various and new means of annealing the rift. How do we not just get closer to nature but actually re-stitch human animal culture back into the larger fabric? Is it by considering all living entities as vital and invaluable partners to work with as we secure our coincidental fates?  What living entities are of merit? In our hierarchical world with its arrogant and lethargic attitude to the conferring of rights, how long will it take and how malleable is our capacity to recognize the value and necessity of both the "self" and "others"?.

What is our greatest ecological fear? I think our biggest fear is that we've gone too far. That we are no longer able to control what we have created - the oil spills, forest fires, biodiversity loss, habitat loss, famine and suffering. The fearful thing we have created - the ecological crisis - is coming out of hiding and is beginning to read its book of revelations.

Recent work by landscape architects and artists is questioning the future of our planet, and our relationship to nature, using the tree as a focus. Do these works, as a group, suggest a "broadened" acknowledgment of what we might consider as "other"? Or are these works just further examples of our romantic and resourcist views of nature? Is each and every form of life some kind of barometer corresponding to a deeper ecological value or a meaning that we may not be able to sense or have yet to plumb? Is it appropriate for us to use simulacra to meet needs while displacing "originals" which might provide a broader suite of ecological resources? What about the social and cultural impacts of simulacra? Overall, the body of work expresses novel revelations that help diversify perceptions and create new connections within, across and between the political, economic, socio-cultural and ecological strands of our lives. Check out the fear and the love, and see both the trees and the forest, in the following works:


  • Claude Cormier, Landscape Architect - BLUE TREE, 2004, the surface of a denuded tree festooned with sky-blue Christmas balls, the whole acting as an environmental barometer; LIPSTICK FOREST, 1999-2002 bold use of color and form immerses passers-by in a hand-cast simulated forest in the Winter Garden of the Palais de Congres in Montreal, Quebec. Please see www.claudecormier.com 
  • Don Maynard, Artist - FRANKEN FOREST - at the Agnes Etherington Gallery at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, until August 8, 2010. Maynard asks us to examine the utility of simulacra in our lives while focusing, in part, on the tree. Please visit: www.don-maynard.com

  • Roxy Paine, Artist. Recent works such as ERRATIC, 2007, in Prospect Park, CONJOINED, 2007, in Madison Square Park, and MAELSTROM, 2009, on the roof of The Metropolitan Museum of Art - all in New York City - have underscored natural phenomena with "substitutes", many of which are dendritic and made of stainless steel. Represented by: www.jamescohan.com 
  • Robert Hengeveld, Artist - FORGERY ISLAND, 2005 - Like Maynard, Hengeveld fakes us out to get real. Rich brown trees with pink felt linings make a sensuous foray into our consciousness and invite new forms of contact.  You can see more work at: www.roberthengeveld.com

  • Juniper Perlis, Artist - Like Paine, Perlis goes hard to underscore things soft. A recent visit to SISTER TREE, 2008, in Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, New York, showed spring-time robins happily engaging with the welded steel and vinyl needled evergreen, underscoring the fact that all creatures can be attracted to simulacra if life history needs are being met. Fake is real if it meets a need. For more information on Perlis's work please visit: www.socratessculpturepark.org

  • Chico McMurtrie/Amorphic Robot Works - A TREE FOR ANABLE BASIN, 2007 - a floating island with a stainless steel tree that can be mobilized and inserted into the shoreline, this site-specific installation references the ongoing dialogue between ecological and industrial dimensions of the New York City waterfront. See: www.amorphicrobotworks.org


dan nuttall - Jun 9, 2010