The SHED at Haltwhistle

    at the Whistle Art Stop in Haltwhistle, Northumberland NE49 0AX



    Claire Cooper

    "The past is not dead, it never even passed. We separate ourselves from it and estrange ourselves from it".

    about us

    Christa Wolf

    Claire Cooper

    My work is an exploration of the place where my parents have lived and worked, since the mid 1960’s, a farm in semi rural East Riding of Yorkshire. From these premises my father has operated, at different times, a farm, a coal business and currently a haulage business. In the late 1700’s the farm’s original purpose was that of a brick works, my dad rented and eventually bought the farm from his Uncle who was in his day a passionate, world famous pigeon fancier. 

    Combining a life of living and working on the job has been a unique and interesting way to live for my father for the past 46 years and it doesn’t look like he is about to stop anytime soon despite being in his 70th year.

    From the 1990’s I have photographed various people who have worked at the farm, folk who pass through and numerous bits of equipment and machinery that can be found there, from the mundane to the sublime. I have attempted to produce images that illustrate the encounters of everyday goings on in order to reflect the reality that everything is always in a state of flux.

    The work is closely linked to the past and to the future of this continued lifestyle, a consideration of the eternal battle with time, the sense of irrevocable loss and feelings of melancholy. Yet is also an exploration of themes of a celebratory nature, nostalgia, love and appreciation.

    The SHED is part of the Whistle Art Stop in Haltwhistle and is an exhibition and project space dedicated to showcasing the work of new and emerging artists from across the North East of England.

    Find us in the centre of Haltwhistle, Northumberland NE49 0AX opposite Barclays Bank where we have free parking available. Click here for map.

    Twhistle CIC t/a Whistle Art Stop- a community interest company registered in England no. 07769196.