Rushton, S. and Mallinson, M. 2021. Arkadia.
CreatorsRushton, S. and Mallinson, M.

Arkadia is a 6 month public art commission resulting in an exhibition opening on the 23rd September 2021 as part of the Wastelands: Public Art Now festival, commissioned by Urban Wilderness CIC, a collective based in Stoke on Trent, funded by Arts council England, The Canal River Trust and National Lottery. "Sited in a large empty shop unit at Longton Exchange Shopping Centre, one of the six towns of Stoke on Trent, Rushton:Mallinson have created a mixed media immersive installation incorporating sculptural and photographic elements, exploring the human relationship to the natural world, the environmental impact of mass consumerism and potential consequences of climate change." Arkadia fuses Mallinson’s ideological, political and satirical sculpture with Rushton’s eco-psychological, photographic dioramas. The work, sited in ecological posthumanism, explores the cultural imaginaries of science and speculative fiction; a blend of the sculptural and photographic that seeks to make manifest, dystopian myths of the near future. The commission was particularly focussed on public engagement and included a walk on Rough Close Common with an ecologist from Stafford County Council and a public talk at the gallery, highlighting sites of ecological importance in Stoke's brownfield areas.

Keywordsexhibition; installation; photography; sculpture; posthumanism; dystopia; ecology
Date23 Sep 2021
Exhibition titleArkadia
Web address (URL)
FunderArts Council England (ACE)
National Lottery
Image credit
Jenny Harper
All Rights Reserved: Jenny Harper - Urban Wilderness CIC.
Media type
All rights reserved
File Access Level
Publication process dates
Deposited03 Oct 2023

Related videos

Permalink -

  • 7
    total views
  • 2
    total downloads
  • 0
    views this month
  • 0
    downloads this month

Export as

Related outputs

Rushton, S. 2023. MAKING §~KIN. An Elastic Continuum symposium.
Arkadia: Threads of Fate
Rushton, S. 2022. Arkadia: Threads of Fate.
Bartram, Angela, McCloskey, Paula, Baker, Steve, Davies, Huw, Basi, Philip Ranjit, Fisher, Craig, Vardy, Sam, Rushton, S., Mallinson, Mally and Parker, Christine 2019. Otherlings. University of Derby.
Archaea and Rejoicing the Sun
Rushton, S. 2019. Archaea and Rejoicing the Sun. RPS Contemporary Group Journal.
PaintingDigitalPhotography: Synthesis and difference in the age of media equivalence
Hilliard, John, Honlold, Astrid, Robinson, C., Rosenstein, Tatiana, Rushton, S., Simson, Henrietta, Speidel, Klaus, Walker, Jame Faure, Weir, Catherine M, Wooldridge, Duncan and Wright, Mark 2018. PaintingDigitalPhotography: Synthesis and difference in the age of media equivalence. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
The archaea: painting digital photography.
Rushton, S. 2018. The archaea: painting digital photography. in: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
The archaea (2017)
Rushton, S. 2017. The archaea (2017).
The Archaea
Rushton, S. 2017. The Archaea.
Woman's Work
Rushton, S. 2016. Woman's Work.
What kingdoms may come
Rushton, S. 2015. What kingdoms may come.
The archaea (2015)
Rushton, S. 2015. The archaea (2015).
Journeys, pathways and track plans
Rushton, S. 2014. Journeys, pathways and track plans.