Love, Labour & Loss: 300 Years of British Livestock Farming in Art
An exploration of how sentiments towards the countryside and animals have been focused by both art and culture, and how these now conflict with contemporary pressures.
Year of Publication2004
One of the main purposes of the exhibition 'Love, Labour & Loss', shown in Carlisle and Exeter in 2002/3, was to draw together some of the artistic, agricultural and social themes from the past and show how they become interwoven in the twentieth century. More particularly, it explored how our changing sentiments towards the countryside and animals have been focused by both art and culture, and how these now conflict with the pressures that contemporary life puts upon them − pressures and practices that triggered and exacerbated the tragedy of foot and mouth. This paper largely draws upon essays by myself and valued colleagues included in the 'Love, Labour & Loss' catalogue and from a final report written by the organisers which assesses the success of the exhibition.
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