Caught by the River x AERIAL Festival – exclusive film details…

After the cancellation of the physical Aerial Festival — due to have taken place in March, an online version of the event will go live from 26th September. We are pleased to announce a new unseen short film from the Boundary Songs project, ‘The Drift’ by David Banning – will be made available as an exclusive by the online arts/nature/culture clash site: Caught by the River. The film concerns the reverberations of an old bobbin mill at Caldbeck, and the limestone outcrop of Humphrey Head, near Allithwaite in Cumbria. It is set to music from Richard Skelton’s 2019 album Border Ballads.

A mix of spoken word, music, and nature sounds inspired by the Lakes, other artists and performers on the Caught by the River lineup include: BBC 6Music’s Stuart Maconie, author Roy Wilkinson, field recording artist Chris Watson, music from Jack Cooper (Modern Nature), and a reading from author Helen Mort.

All pieces go live on the Aerial website next Saturday and will be free to access…

Little Toller ‘The Clearing’ excerpt & Post-Punk mix-tape…

Award winning Dorset based publisher Little Toller have just published an excerpt from our new Boundary Songs book by David Banning on their excellent online journal, The Clearing.

SHAP PINK QUARRY – 2018 photograph by DAVID BANNING

Click here to read Shap – Plumgarths…a song scattering a trail of columns and façades throughout the north of England.

We thought we’d mark the publication of our first book – Boundary Songs on Tuesday 15th September in a special way by putting together a mix-tape of Post-Punk songs to share with everyone!

Click here and listen to the likes of: Pylon, Joy Division, Talking Heads, Kraftwerk, XTC, Cabaret Voltaire and The Cocteau Twins…

Boundary Songs – Cross Lane Projects exhibition details…

“A modern picaresque journey into the past, present and future of the Lakes…” (Philip Hoare, author of ‘RISINGTIDEFALLINGSTAR’)

JULIAN HYDE – Pylon from phone box near Black Combe, 2018.

Chroma Editions are delighted to present a collaborative show at Cross Lane Projects gallery in Kendal by David Banning, Iain Sharpe and Julian Hyde.

The exhibition is the companion piece to a new book, Boundary Songs: Notes from the edge of the Lake District National Park – set to be published by Chroma Editions on 15th September 2020. The work typifies a contemporary re-telling of the journey made around the fringes of England’s largest national park. With a shared interest in the disregarded borders between urban and rural, a selection of beautifully studied pencil and pen drawings based on the author’s photographs are combined with hypnotic films of the coastal edges and a flotilla of found fragments. The softness of the images interrupt calls for much-needed transparency and reform on key issues including house prices, economic inequality and social change.


David Banning took over 100 photographs on his long walk around the national park boundary at the end of 2017. Many of them were simply documenting particular places at certain times. But there were other textures from puddles, woods, sheds and doors that usurped and de-familiarised their commonplace functions. Printed in black and white on watercolour paper, he presents a series of hallucinatory imaginings including large format depictions of the derelict Valley End garage near Silecroft and the edge of darkness itself – the gates of Sellafield.

DAVID BANNING – Blue Quarry, Shap, 2018.

Inspired by revered artists and filmmakers such as Derek Jarman, Iain Sinclair and Andrei Tarkovsky, he also presents two short films emphasising the dream-like state of the national park perimeter, set to music from the artist Richard Skelton’s luminously seductive ‘Border Ballads’ album.


After retiring from the art scene in 2012, Iain Sharpe moved from London to Glasgow to forget about his previous life as an artist. After a 5 year rest period, he was invited by his friend David Banning to create a series of drawings exploring the boundary extensions to the Lake District National Park.

IAIN SHARPE – LDNPA Badge, pencil on paper, 2018

By carefully cropping the original photographs, he produced a set of 13 drawings along with a series of large pen works that are no glorification of the past. In different ways they have become coded messages signalling an uncertain future.


Julian Hyde produces photographs and text with a scuffed and borrowed camera and permanently damp notebook. He first met David Banning during the endless post-referendum rain. Drawn from nearly twenty years exploring the dark hearts of empty Windermere afternoons, his work embedded in psychogeography, sets out to document the complex, unseen textures and disregarded emotions of a small town populated by future ghosts. The photographs presented in the exhibition range from a phone box near Black Combe, the almost black and white of a tarmac/kerb, a meadow glimpsed through a bus shelter and red paint sprayed on a tree bark by a river in Kendal.

EXHIBITION:

Saturday 10th October – Friday 23rd October

Cross Lane Projects, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 5LB

Please note – the gallery will be open everyday 12 – 5pm.

David Banning is a writer based in Lancashire. His previous works include a guidebook An A-Z of Cumbria and the Lake District on Film (Hayloft, 2016) and the long psychogeographic poem Song of the Road (Voices in a Lane, 2018). He has completed a BA History of Art at Goldsmiths College, University of London and studied Lake District Landscape Studies to postgraduate level at Lancaster University.

Iain Sharpe is an artist working with pen and pencil on paper. His travel awards and scholarships include visits to Iceland, Italy, and Hong Kong. Sharpe taught at the Camden Arts Centre, London and lectured at Wimbledon School of Art and the University of Gloucestershire. He was visiting lecturer at Chelsea, Winchester, and Swindon School of Art. He lives and works in Glasgow…

For nearly twenty years Julian Hyde has, in the mistaken belief that there is nothing else to do, obsessively walk the side streets of Windermere. With borrowed cameras and sodden notebooks he built up an accidental archive of the textures of the unseen. It was always mid-afternoon when the beautiful eeriness enveloped the walks. The work continues…


PRE ORDER details for Boundary Songs

You can now PRE ORDER Boundary Songs: Notes from the edge of the Lake District National Park through the excellent Sam Read bookshop in Grasmere. Please click here to place your order. (Publication day is set for Tuesday 15th September 2020).

As an accompaniment to the book there will also be a collaborative exhibition held at Cross Lane Projects, Kendal from Saturday 10th – Friday 23rd October 2020. Featuring an assemblage of works either from, or based on the book – including drawings in mixed media by the artist Iain Sharpe, photographs and fragments by artist/writer Julian Hyde and photographs, film and ephemera by the author David Banning. The exhibition is set to open 12 – 5pm everyday during 10 – 23 October. Look out for more details and images in the coming weeks…

IAIN SHARPE – WINDOW REFLECTION, BROUGHTON-IN-FURNESS. PENCIL ON PAPER, 22CM X 20CM, 2018