Ilkley Manor House Exterior


A collaboration between environmental artist Filippa Dobson, Leeds Arts and Humanities Research Institute and Lumen Arts, Leeds. With arial photography by Richard Stroud.

Visitors and local communities are invited to continue an artist’s explorations above and below ground by interacting with a site-specific installation. Remembered in folklore and place names, High Pasture Cave, Isle of Skye, and the Little Skirtful of Stones, Ilkley Moor, are hundreds of miles apart and separated by the sea.

In prehistory the burial sites were interrelated by sea routes, migration pathways and traditions associated with rock art. Cup marking, circular depressions incised on landfast boulders and portable stones, may be understood as a prehistoric “language” or signage system.

Cup marked monuments may not have been seen as entirely benevolent or safe to approach. The sounding of hammerstones on rock, and the creation of portable stones, may have offered some kind of protection.

Something of the sense of threat our ancestors encountered when approaching the underworld may be responded to by the sight and sound of cave water moving through stone. What might belief systems and the presence of women mean in the context of the cave? Can the musicality of a contemporary art practice evoke a Goddess (Brigid) and a Giant’s Wife (Rombald).

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Talking Stone Taciturn Cave - An Excavation Of Darkness


Ilkley Arts Studio, Adjacent to Ilkley Manor House, Castle Yard, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 9DT
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Ilkley Manor House ExteriorIlkley Manor House, IlkleySituated within the beautiful surroundings of the Wharfe Valley, one of Ilkley's oldest buildings, the Ilkley Manor House, has been converted into an attractive museum, arts and heritage centre run by the Ilkley Manor House Trust.

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