The Red Field
The Red Field was set up in 2010 with Babs McCool with the aim of delivering innovative community art in a wide range of both familiar and unlikely public spaces in Fife.
Over the following 8 years, and with a programme which rapidly spread to the whole of Scotland, The Red Field became known for it’s interdisciplinary community projects where performance, music, film and some unexpected locations combined to create a series of highly inventive works. Often in partnership many of Scotland’s local authorities, universities and other cultural and heritage partners, the group was always seeking to break new ground and with new collaborators. With the likes of performer/artist Alex Rigg, composers Michael Nyman, Grayston Ives and Sean Doherty, drum and bass man Goldie, sculptor Marion Smith and writers Yvonne Gray and Ken Cockburn - along with way too many others to mention - we found our own distinct place in the world of Scottish community art.
As Tim and Babs were increasingly drawn to their own work they decided to wrap up The Red Field as a formally constituted group but the name lives on and, in a less formal setting, Tim still looks out for Red Field type opportunities and collaborations either in Scotland or further afield.
In many ways a key part of the commission that was delivered for the Las Cruces Space Festival in 2019 had a big chunk of The Red Field in its making and its outcome. “We choose to go to the Moon” was a film collaboration with Colorado artist Jeff Erwin which started as a temporary intervention at a 2 mile wide crater in southern New Mexico. In our collaboration, and our many transatlantic Skype calls to find a way to make art in a vast natural landform, we turned to a bus-load of local volunteers to mark out and record how and why that particular landscape has a connection to the Moon. This is very well worn Red Field terrain.