Dovetailing exhibitions

June 14 – 27, 2021

The first Dovetailing exhibition took place at Farfield Meeting House, on the Dales Way in Yorkshire.
Visitors were invited to reflect on the quietness of the making of musical instruments amid the sounds of nature in one of the first buildings created for stillness and contemplation. The early, modest Quaker meeting house was built in 1689, the same year as the Act of Toleration, and is an important monument on the path to freedom of belief.

For images and to see a film of the installation at Farfield, please see Dovetailing at Farfield.


September 18 – November 12, 2021

The Dovetailing installation (some but not all of the mobiles and the Dovetailing film) are being shown at The Intersect Arts Center, St. Louis, US as part of an exhibition called Dovetail.


November 4 -7, 2021

Dovetailing Responses – new experiments in creative collaboration.

Dovetailing Responses, at the Manor House Ilkley, explores further layers of listening and interaction. Some of the new responsive work will be improvised, some more defined. The exhibition will include visual arts, dance, poetry, live music and the option to create a movement sensitive soundtrack with a smartphone app. There will be a guided workshop led by Ilkley Literature Festival Poet in Residence Ian Duhig with a group from Bradford Refugee Action and reactive work led by Art School Ilkley.

The original forest installation, by sculptor Juliet Gutch and filmmaker Clare Dearnaley with composer Sally Beamish, will take on a new form. Visitors and artists are invited to tread their own path through it. Coinciding with COP26 and action about the climate crisis, the exhibition will explore how interactions made with care can give hope to redefining our balance with nature.

Dovetailing Responses seeks to evolve into resonating layers of collaboration.


Dovetailing Responses is supported by Ilkley Arts, The Ronnie Duncan Art Foundation, and Outside the Box Ilkley.


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