Everyone who visited the first Flock installation at Rheged Centre in Cumbria were surprised and delighted by the display. 2500 people visited the Flock during its 10 days at Rheged, with people travelling from far and wide to see it. The exhibition was launched by the shepherdess Alison O’Neill along with her lambs and sheepdog. Visitors were invited to make their own sheep in the “sheep making area” and add it to the installation to help us reach our 5000 target. By the end of the Flock stay at Rheged we counted 4919 sheep so will be encouraging people to continue adding to the installation at it tours.
Also being screened alongside the installation will be HEFTED. HEFTED is a film we commissioned from Cumbrian production company Dreamtime Films. It is a companion piece to our FLOCK project. HEFTED sheep recognise their own territory and on the thousands of square kilometres of open fell where they graze with other flocks, they will stay to their own heath, it is as if they belong to that piece of land. We were inspired by this notion and it made us think about how people are HEFTED too.