Brine Field by Thomas Pearson
A site-specific installation embedded in an industrial landscape. Poems and monuments set in the reclaimed marshland of RSPB Saltholme respond to the submerged histories of a remarkable environment, now a haven for nature. Commissioned by Penned in the Margins and supported by River Tees Rediscovered.
25 May – 9 June 2019
“Great art.” – @gatesheedgreg
“Incredible how poetry can condense so much emotion, history and observation into so few words. A powerful tool in the hands of a master wordsmith.”
“Thoroughly fascinating insights. More like this please!”
“An excellent installation in an inspiring setting.”
– Feedback cards left at the reserve
Thomas Pearson is a poet, artist, musician and architectural conservationist from the north-east of England, based in York.
His work concerns history, buildings and places.
His writing has been commissioned by Penned in the Margins and the University of Leicester and published by Block and the Architects’ Journal. Exhibitions include a large-scale landscape installation at RSPB Saltholme and drawn work at the Royal Academy of Arts. He has read his poetry live on BBC Tees, hosted two solo poetry evenings at Eleven Spitalfields gallery in London, and led poetry tours around various landscapes and buildings. Media coverage has included C20, NARC and several regional newspapers including the Northern Echo.
As No Spinoza he has written and produced two albums of electronic folk songs: All and some (2016) and Vessels (2010), available at the usual online outlets. All and some was also released as a set of films.
He was lead designer and heritage consultant, for Arup, on an award-winning project to refurbish the Engineering Building in Leicester, one of Britain’s most daring and provocative buildings (James Stirling & James Gowan, 1959-63; Grade II*). He has lectured at ASCHB and Docomomo.
“A tour de force.”
“Pride of place in the architectural section of my library.”
– Lord Palumbo
“Addictive… like a shot of opium.”
– Colin Fournier (Professor, Bartlett School of Architecture)
“A nice cut on things… very pleased to have the poem in the magazine.”
– Robert Wilson (Editor, Block)
“It was wonderful… Thomas responded perfectly to the intimate and atmospheric surroundings of the gallery, and we were thrilled to invite him back to hold a second, repeat event.”
– Eleven Spitalfields
“Varied but fascinating experiential pieces. Love how the films match the music.”
“An astonishing collection of musical and visual material.”
– praise for All and some
“A wonderful poetry tour… absolutely fantastic.”
“I really enjoyed it.”
– praise for the Walbrook Triptych walk