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

Virgo and what she is ...
I have been associating myself with Virgo since reading “Romeo and Juliet” and came across my name.
                 “I’ll say yon grey is not the morning’s eye;
                ‘Tis but the pale reflex of Cynthia’s brow.”    Act III Scene V

Shakespeare uses Cynthia in place of Diana, the Roman Goddess of Virginity and the Hunt.  I was haunted by this association for many years yet I now embrace this literary find and the connection I, as the barer of the name, have with history.

              “…. Traditionally regarded as representing a maiden or goddess associated with the harvest.”           
              Canadian Oxford Dictionary

I am using Virgo as the “virgin” and Field of Fortune is taking place in the spring.  There maybe a discrepancy here but I see it more as a beginning and an end.  The beginning is with spring in all her virginal beauty and hope for the future.  In the end is autumn with Virgo and the harvest.  The middle of course is the growth of what you sowed. 

cynthia obrien - May 20, 2010
fieldwork, Cynthia O'Brien, Field of Fortune, spring
Fieldwork, Cynthia O'Brien, Field of Fortune, spring

My childhood is infused with images of Ottawa’s Chinatown - from buying White Rabbit candies and Hello Kitty paraphernalia, to memories of Christmas Eve family dinners at our favorite restaurant on Summerset Street.

It is exciting to think that someone far away writes a fortune, incases it in a cookie, cooks it, packs it and sends it to a restaurant.  My job is to eat a really great meal and for that I receive a departing gift of a small cookie.  That cookie holds a thought that engages and connects me to a diversity of hopes and aspirations.

In Field of Fortune I want to share these hopes and aspirations with not only the visitors of the field but the field itself.

I want to dream that the words of fortunes can actually bring about fortune.  Not only to me who received the words but also to the very ground they are now enveloped by.   That ground will produce all manner of plants that we may use in feeding ourselves, building homes or even just walking through.  By summer the field will be rich in growing things, insects, animal life and what better fortune can there be. 

Cynthia O’Brien lives in Centretown, Ottawa and is still eating cookies and collecting the fortunes for life. 

cynthia obrien - Apr 10, 2010
fieldwork - freedom to roam - henny kjellberg
fieldwork - freedom to roam - henny kjellberg

Cam took these pictures at a place south of Harlingen, Texas near the Mexican border.   He wrote "Interesting that two of the three friendly Border guards I met who were patrolling this fence  were latinos... I left my fingerprints all over the fence to give them some way of catching me!".  He also suggested that giraffes looking over the top of the fence could help to enhance its appeal....

The point of the border wall is to try to keep Mexicans from crossing illegally into the US.  We met several Mexicans on our travels through Mexico who, despite having been in the US long enough to marry American women and start families, had somehow been caught with expired visas and been deported. For some this means they will be refused entry to the US for up to a decade.   What happens to families?  Sadly, this is not an unusual story.  How is it 'just' that, at the same time, those of us lucky enough to be carrying US and Canadian passports can migrate  back and forth past these barriers at will?

susie osler - Mar 23, 2010

Click on the link to CBC Radio's In Town and Out to hear an interview between Cynthia O'Brien and Michael Bhardwaj, Saturday, March 20th) about Cynthia's fieldwork installation 'Field of Fortune'.

susie osler - Mar 19, 2010
fieldwork - Field of Fortune - Cynthia O'Brien

Well, It seems like winter has come and gone in a blink of an eye this year, and this is the last week 'Winter' officially.  Hence it is also the last week of Henny Kjellberg's installation 'Freedom to Roam'.  If you have not yet seen her fence this is the week to do it! 

Next weekend, fieldwork's Spring 2010 installation will be appear.  On Sunday, March 21 (the Vernal Equinox), Ottawa artist Cynthia O'Brien will be performing the installation of her work Field of Fortune.  She will map out the constellation of Virgo – the virginal hope for the future – with oversized clay fortune cookies.  She’ll then go on to ‘sow’ the field with small edible fortune cookies – all to be left to dissolve with the snow and to ‘seed’ the field with hopes and fortunes for the future.

The concept for O’Brien’s performance and installation was inspired by painter Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘The Sower’ (1888), and the vernal equinox – the date she installs her work.  In Van Gogh’s painting, a peasant farmer toils in hopes of a future crop that will enable his family to live a meager life.  Imitating the actions of the farmer, O’Brien says she will sow a ‘crop for the spirit’ in the form of fortune cookies.  Over the course of the season, as the cookies dissolve, their fortunes will be revealed.  Field of Fortune is an installation that explores the interaction between humans and nature, and our hopes for the future.

O’Brien is an active member of the Ottawa arts community.  Working primarily with clay, Cynthia has in recent years begun to take on the challenge of using ceramic objects in public installations, with exhibitions in Ottawa’s Chinatown, and a large public commission for the Goulbourn Recreation Center (Ottawa).  This is her first rural public art installation.

O’Brien’s performance will begin at 2pm at the site.  All are welcome to help celebrate the arrival of fieldwork’s spring installation (and Spring itself) by joining us for this performance and the opening to follow.  Soup and beverage will be served to all intrepid visitors.
Directions can be found by clicking on the link 'location' in the menu to the right.  Inquiries can be directed to us at fieldworkproject@gmail.com

Hope to see you here!

susie osler - Mar 19, 2010
fieldwork - freedom to roam - henny kjellberg
fieldwork - freedom to roam - henny kjellberg

Mexico's Pacific coast is an incredible string of beaches one after the next - each with their own distinct character.  Some are built up environments luring tourists to condos and hotels that crowd up against each other and line the beach, others are deserted coves occupied by a small fishing boat or two.  The move to develop and then protect private property (particularly luxury hotels and villas) has led to many inaccessible roads that are closed with gates and sometimes protected by armed guards.  Luckily there are still many places on this vast coastline for the public to access the beach and the ocean, but as development continues to happen and beachfront becomes less available, it makes one wonder who owns the seashore - not to mention, the sea.  I flung a barb into the ocean (that's what I am doing in the pictures in case it's not apparent) on one occasion after having some difficulty finding a spot to park for the night.

susie osler - Mar 18, 2010