Pasture with Cows
Part of Greenwich Fair
21 - 23 June 2019
Duration: 12pm-8pm, 12pm-8pm, 11am-5pm
Blurring the boundaries between art and reality, a giant painting comes to life as you take your place on an oversized picture frame and a bucolic scene is evoked with cows grazing against the backdrop of Wren’s riverside masterpiece. Previously seen at GDIF with their beached Sperm Whale and a performance which took audiences to the centre of the earth, Captain Boomer specialise in confounding expectations and encouraging us to look at the world anew.
Pasture with Cows will be performed as part of Greenwich Fair, GDIF’s two-day “festival within a festival” from 21-23 June, bringing together UK and international street arts companies to Greenwich Town Centre in a fun-filled, family-friendly extravaganza.
There is step-free access around the installation location. There are sections of lawn at the Old Royal Naval College that have a slight curb. Ramps will be in place and, in the event of wet-weather, we will install Trakway wherever possible.
Blue badge parking
You can park for free in Royal Greenwich for an unlimited time unless signs specify otherwise at any of the following:
- a pay and display space
- a disabled parking bay
- a meter parking space
- a limited stay bay
- any car park managed by the Royal Borough of Greenwich – it’ll state on the sign if a car park isn’t managed by the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
You can park on a yellow line (single and double) for up to three hours so long as there isn’t a loading ban and you don’t cause an obstruction.
There will also be a drop off and pick up point on Welland Street.
A viewing area will be available close to the installation location, which will be marked with a flag or sign – please ask a GDIF Volunteer if you’re not sure where to go. There will be some limited seating provided in the viewing area.
Download our accessible photo route.
There will be a changing places unit on site at Old Royal Naval College on Saturday and Sunday. There is also an accessible public toilet located at Cutty Sark Gardens.
What to expect
Our what to expect guide might help you pick which shows to see, especially if members of your group have access needs.
- Make some noise – no need to worry about a little extra noise
- Speech free
- Family friendly
Where to find it
Pasture with Cows will be situated on the lower ground lawns of the Old Royal Naval College,
About the show
Pasture with Cows was first presented in co-operation with Paris L’Été Festival and Zomer Van Antwerpen Festival.
Artist/Director: Bart Van Peel
Production Manager: Joris Goorden
Animal Handler: Tim Van Noten
Props and concept: Beata Zaleszscyk
The Collective Captain Boomer was founded in 2008 and is based in Antwerp, Belgium. It is a group of artists and scientist that have done big interventions in different European cities, bringing about a social dynamic and awakened sense of reality. The Beached Whale project was seen in four European capitals and got worldwide attention. The show Skagt toured four countries and was seen in London and Paris. The work explores the boundaries between fiction and reality. The audience and the location become part of the performance. Captain Boomer is deliberately sensational, setting a booby trap of meaning and challenging people to take a stand. They involve a community, provoke a range of emotions and makes people engage with each other. Sometimes people think it is funny and Captain Boomer tries not to disturb this comforting illusion.
Greenwich Fair is supported by the Royal Borough of Greenwich, Royal Greenwich Festivals, Arts Council England and Without Walls.