Ciara Drew-Scissett Slagheap
Scissett, Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Broadcasting from the Slagheap of the closed Nortonthorpe Colliery.
originally conceptualised as an exploration of isolation and nostalgic connections to site, this stream is one of three works focusing on a slag heap in Scissett, West Yorkshire, England.
five generations of my family have lived and worked by the slag heap, it is a cultural touchstone to an age that has now passed.
as a child I grew up playing great imaginary games in the woodland that has now grown there.
in her 1954 retrospective at the Whitechapel Art Gallery Barbara Hepworth wrote “perhaps what one wants to say is formed in childhood and the rest of one’s life is spent trying to say it?…the early years of my life in Yorkshire is dynamic and constant in my life day to-day”.
in more recent - more trying times - the stream has taken on a significance beyond a nostalgic conceptualisation of the site, but to a nostalgia for a time when I could walk to the slagheap and listen to the birds first hand.