Plot 16 Residency – Art in Rose Hill
The Fermenting Room is an off-site, temporary public art work commissioned by Modern Art Oxford for the Art in Rose Hill Programme. Over a period of two years, artists in residence brook & black have been developing a work that negotiated both sites. This activity resulted in a large scale sculpture, a limited edition beer, an artists’ newspaper and several events at Modern Art Oxford and the Allotments which attempted to embrace diverse communities and to strengthen the overarching premise of the commission.
Art in Rose Hill was launched as a pilot project in 2007 with funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Its aim was to increase opportunities to engage with the contemporary visual arts located on the Rose Hill housing estate in Oxford. The programme commissioned a series of temporary on-site works at Rose Hill by artists; Katy Beinart, Jo Huyg, Maria Pask, James Capper, Sarah Kenchington and arts partnership brook & black.
Having spent time in the Modern Art Oxford’s archive researching the history of the building, originally a brewery in the 1800s, brook & black began to grow hops on Plot 16 over a sculptural frame that followed the architectural structure of gallery building, with the ambition of producing a dedicated beer from the crop. After a communal hop picking session in September, the fresh hops were sent to The Shotover Brewing Company to create this limited edition green hops beer, Plot 16: The Fermenting Room.
Read more about Plot 16 here.