We are thrilled to announce our 2023/24 Artist in Residence has been appointed. Over 100 applicants applied for this 3 month residency based in a cottage on the outskirts of Wirksworth. The successful candidate was Fiona MacDonald, working as ‘Feral Practice’.

Fiona describes her work as ‘working with human and nonhuman beings to create art projects that develop ethical and imaginative connection across species boundaries.’ In Wirksworth, Feral Practice will explore health and community. In dialogue with local people and through multi-sensory exploration of the land and its beings, the project will explore how remediation and health of human and nonhuman worlds is locally and inextricably enmeshed. Feral Practice will study the different ways that nonhuman beings and forces have shaped the local landscape, informed local culture and affected local people’s lives, and will develop a new body of work from what is uncovered.

Fiona will produce a small exhibition for the 2023 Festival of work in progress and a major exhibition in 2024.

The 2023 Festival runs from the 8th-17th September, with the Art Trail Weekend on 9th & 10th, where over 90 artists will show in private and public spaces across this small, fascinating town.


For more information about Feral Practice:  www.feralpractice.com