In the UK the ancient custom of ‘beating the bounds’ takes the form of a parade around the edge of a legal boundary, such as a village or common land, beating it with a willow wand.
The choirs will sound the bounds through the galleries with a vocal and percussive score by Gareth Churcher, beginning at 11:00, 14:00 and 18:00, from the entrance to the gallery.
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The boundary lines of Tate St Ives have been almost doubled by the building of the new gallery spaces. For the opening day, Reynolds will create a performance with two local choirs, drawing on the ancient ceremony of ‘beating the bounds’. Two choirs of local people will trace the full extent of the new bounds, both outside and inside the galleries, occasionally meeting and crossing. They will perform a newly composed piece, Mirrors, sung in a round using the voice and tapping with sticks, an action referencing the traditional beating the bounds ceremony.
Abigail Reynolds Biography
Abigail Reynolds lives in St Just, Cornwall, and has a studio at Porthmeor Studios in St Ives. She was awarded the BMW Art Journey prize at Art Basel in 2016. Her 2016-2017 journey took her to lost libraries along the Silk Road. She created a dance work titled Double Fold for the Rambert Dance company in 2013, and since 2014 she has worked in performance with St Keverne Band in Cornwall, including performances of Double Brassat Kestle Barton. Reynolds has work in the Government Art Collection, Yale University Art Gallery, New York Public Library, and many private collections. She is represented by ROKEBY Gallery, London.
Gareth Churcher / Christine Judge
Keith Allen / Samuel Buller / Maisie Churcher / Millie Churcher / Marian Douglas / Philip Douglas / Christian Guerrini / Ross Hamilton / Orla Harper / Otis Harper / Ralph Heseltine / Maria Heseltine / Sian Kelly / Stuart MacQuarrie / Laura Nicholas / Amy Laurence / Emily Shepherd
Artist: Abigail Reynolds
Composer: Gareth Churcher
Costume: Sarah Johnson
Production assistant: Millie Ainsley
Curated by: Melanie Stidolph