Agri[Culture] is the work of Wideye photographers Lucy Carolan, Richard Glynn, Louise Taylor, and Nat Wilkins, which focusses on the annual agricultural shows taking place along the hills and dales of the Tees and Wear Rivers, in the North Pennines area of England where they live. The exhibit provides a snapshot within what may be a continuum or record of something about to evolve beyond recognition, and perhaps, disappear.
While agriculture shows will likely be unaffected by the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, the future of British farming is highly uncertain. Farming is business, but for the farmers who attend shows to compete, their livestock are a source of pride. The competitors show off their breeding and husbandry expertise, quality and character – skills passed down over many generations. The craft has created a specific type of culture amongst the rural communities who come together to uphold their traditions.
Wideyed was founded over a decade ago, and its members have received numerous awards and bursaries, undertaken artist residencies, worked on commission, exhibited from England to South Africa, and now even in Rock Springs, Wyoming.