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This global art project, launched in January, 2014  celebrates our uniqueness and our interdependence.

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Gunpowder Park, London 2006

Art of Common Space / Gunpowder Soundscape featuring Robert Wilson and participants in the Gunpowder Park / Robert Wilson workshop. Curated and produced by Eileen Haring Woods and David Chapman

Icons of Democracy - a work in progress

a new transnational arts project revealing what democracy means to people around the world now.

GPM Inaugural Convening The Hague, September 9-11 2016

Haring Woods Studio is an international group of artists, curators, writers, thinkers and do-ers,

who share an interest in the power of the arts.  This site showcases our current projects

and our archive of work over 25 years.

Souvenirs are a pebble, a leaf, a divine piece of kitsch, a mass produced novelty item linked only to a place by the inclusion of the place name, an inappropriate or comical representation of a place,  or a handcrafted artwork sensitively commemorating the experience of a specific place. These are all definitions of souvenirs. From prehistoric times to ancient civilizations, from pilgrim journeys to international holidays, the temptation to acquire and collect souvenirs as objects of memory has remained strong and evolved into a massive industry.   These ‘must have’ objects of memories of ‘there and then’ become prize displays in glass fronted cabinets, are relegated to the back of the cupboard, off loaded at car boot sales.  


The weird and wonderful world of souvenirs as objects of memory and place has long been an interest of Eileen Haring Woods and fate has connected her with Deborah Jaffé, an avid collector and expert on the cultural history and production of souvenirs, with a particular passion for seaside souvenirs.


Over a week in the Aldeburgh Beach Lookout a new 4 part installation presents a a selection of souvenirs from Eileen and Deborah's collection, a trip around the world via Bill Jackson's 3D Viewmaster slide collection, a new hand crafted map of Aldeburgh by local residents and a chance to contribute ideas for a new souvenir of Aldeburgh.  

And, for sale, Deborah Jaffe's hand made ceramics referencing seaside experiences.


View Eileen's new film, Memory as Object here.




GPM Mayors 11.09.2016

With profound sadness we announce the passing of our dear friend and colleague of twelve years, Dr Benjamin Barber.

On Monday April 24th, Dr Barber died after a four month battle with cancer.  Dr Barber informed and shaped so much of the work of Haring Woods, from the first day we were introduced in 2005 by American artist Robert Wilson at his Watermill Center In NY.


Our work together included Wilson ./ Gunpowder Park workshops and The Art of Common Space; the Interdependence Movement and the annual Interdependence Day celebrations; Perception Peterborough and for the past three years, the realisation of the Global Parliament of Mayors.  

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Dr Benjamin Barber 1939 - 2017