Pilgrimage in the footsteps of a king’s mistress

The King Is Dead exhibition at the BlackShed gallery in Robertsbridge
The King Is Dead exhibition at the BlackShed gallery in Robertsbridge

As a tribute to mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings and William the Conqueror’s invasion of England there is special celebratory free event at the BlackShed gallery in Robertsbridge tomorrow - this Saturday October 1 - from 2-5pm.

The event promises to be historically enlightening as well as an experience rarely held in these parts, and it will feature the ephemeral work of Anonymous Bosch alongside a presentation and performance by artist/film maker Andrew Kötting and performer/actress Claudia Barton.

As a pilgrimage in memory of Edith Swan Neck, King Harold’s mistress, Andrew and author Iain Sinclair have walked over 100 miles from Waltham Abbey in Essex to St Leonards via Battle Abbey inspiring a film, bookwork and live performance with Claudia, Jem Finer, Anonymous Bosch and David Aylward.

Along their way Anonymous Bosch recorded and documented the epic journey using his own uniquely hand crafted pinhole camera consisting of plywood and brass closures, with elastic bands strapping his pinhole device to a large format camera back, and also with an iPhone.

The BlackShed has been supported by the ROOT 1066 Festival in recent weeks and now has on show over 40 photographs by Anonymous Bosch carefully selected and presented in a beautiful exhibition combining photographs, film and text.

Writer and author Iain Sinclair says: “Anonymous Bosch is one of the few artists capable of recording the volatile trajectory of myth-making and unreliable memory. Harold as an earthed legend who is everywhere at once. But the pinhole maestro is the supreme artificer of blur and nudge. His images are collaborations with the unknown, magnetic force fields, meaningful accidents that become a higher form of truth.”

For further information, www.theblackshedgallery.org.uk or call 01580 881247.