Lying Fallow


Lying Fallow : an invitation (archived)


Lying Fallow image by Rajni Shah

Please note - the deadline for expressions of interest for Lying Fallow has now passed.
This page remains for information only.

This is an invitation from Mary Paterson, Rajni Shah, Susan Sheddan and Tiffany Charrington to join a group of thirty people for a series of conversations called Lying Fallow.

We are sharing this invitation with a range of people from different backgrounds, specialisms, and interests. You may have come across it in a number of different ways. If you are drawn to the project, please read on to find out more about how you might become involved. If you know someone else who you think would be interested, please pass this invitation on.

Lying Fallow will take place over seven months, and will involve a series of three gatherings in different London locations, which will each respond to the following questions:

•    How might alert quietude, not knowing, and listening be seen as spaces of change, rigour, and possibility?
•    Where and how might the idea of 'lying fallow' be actualised and given value within contemporary society?
•    What becomes possible in those times when it may seem to the outside world as if we are doing or producing nothing?

At each gathering we will return to these same questions within a different frame. This means that while the location, the season, and the light in the room will change, our conversations will become acts of returning. As hosts, Mary, Rajni, Susan, and Tiffany will ensure that the events are carefully and generously held, but the conversations that emerge will be shaped by the people who attend and the ways in which each person wishes to participate.

The dates of the gatherings are:

Saturday 15th November 2014, 12-5pm
Sunday 15th February 2015, 9am-9pm*
Friday 15th May 2015, 5-10pm

*We realise that people who live outside London may need to leave early on this day due to Sunday train schedules, and will be able to accommodate this.

To apply to be a part of Lying Fallow you need to commit to all of these dates. The exact timings and locations of each gathering will be confirmed once the group is formed, though they will all take place in London. We aim to meet any access or financial needs that may otherwise prevent you from attending.

     > For further information about the gatherings, or if you have any questions, please click here.
     > To submit an expression of interest in being a part of Lying Fallow please click here.

Please submit your expression of interest by Sunday 14th September 2014 at nightfall.
We will respond to all submissions by the end of September at the latest.


with kind wishes from,

Mary Paterson, Rajni Shah, Susan Sheddan and Tiffany Charrington
(Lying Fallow organisers, and artistic associates with Rajni Shah Projects, 2014-2015)