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The Grove: A Spatial Narrative

Discover the transformation of a public space in Newton told by Carmen Papalia, Phinder Dulai, and Andrew Lee.

This multi-channel soundscape and visual narrative explores the community uses of a transient forest that abuts the Newton bus loop and Newton Recreation Centre in Surrey. The Grove has witnessed the extremes of human activity, from illicit transactions and tragedies to community connections over Sunday afternoon lunches and art interventions by a group of Newton neighbours who call themselves, “Friends of the Grove”.  A handful of locals are reclaiming this public space and envisioning it as a site to engage passersby. Carmen Papalia, Andrew Lee, and Phinder Dulai delve into the multidimensional use of The Grove to tell its fascinating story.

Artists: Phinder Dulai, Andrew Lee, Carmen Papalia
Curator: Jordan Strom
Origin of Exhibition: Surrey Art Gallery

Image caption: Artist Carmen Papalia during one of his sound walks at the Grove. Photo by Phinder Dulai.