2018 – ongoing
MTP (More Than Ponies) is an enquiry into the New Forest as a real and metaphorical site for idea generation and creation. Focusing on the inter-relationship of people and place, the project seeks to adopt ethnographic and anthropological processes as research methodologies and engages contemporary art making as an explorative process. MTP will initially consist of meet-ups and field-trips with invited artists as a way to survey the Forest and its communities. The ambition is to present an itinerant contemporary artist led programme that invites artists and audiences to radically rethink, reimagine and reanimate the New Forest.
The New Forest is a National Park, one of ‘Britain’s breathing spaces’, protected as a place of outstanding beauty and special interest. It is a highly inhabited environment with over 13 million international visitors a year, plus 35,000 residents. It is a unique place of expansive large open spaces of forestry, coast and heathland. As a ‘common’ land, donkeys, pigs, cattle and New Forest ponies roam freely.
Supported by a-n artist bursary
* MTP is intended to be sometimes big and sometimes small