Foreign Bodies

From 21st May – 3rd June 2012, Wideyed photographers Lucy Carolan, Richard Glynn and Louise Taylor took part in the Nomadic Village international artist residency in Wolsingham, County Durham. The residency brought together 35 artists from 12 different countries, whose practices are stimulated by collaboration and working across borders.


Foreign Bodies was first exhibited at the residency site, then travelled from Wolsingham to Allanheads, Barnard Castle, Preston, Cuges les Pins and the Larroque Arts Festival before being selected for an EXPOSURE Award and exhibited at FORMAT International Photography Fesitival in 2015.

The work was inspired by a mix of Mass Observation’s ‘science of ourselves’ and the NPIA (National Police Improvement Agency) forensic training facility at Harperley Hall in Wolsingham parish. Using evidence collection techniques based loosely on scientific methodology, the work involved the identification and quantification of materials, collection and classification of observations and specimens, mapping, and the creation of evidential imagery that formed the basis of a forensically inspired installation piece and artist book.

Foreign Bodies was a Wideyed project funded by Arts Council England and the Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust, and produced with the support of NPIA Harperley HallWeardale GazetteISIS Arts, and Durham County Council Arts Team.