The Visited Orchard
Francesca was commissioned to create an artwork that encouraged visitors to spend time in the gardens surrounding Anne Hathaway's cottage in Stratford-Upon-Avon.
With visitors past and present as a starting point Francesca spent time in the Shakespeare archives (visitors log books & cleaning rota's), being a guide in the cottage talking to current visitors, staff and volunteers, gathering stories. This led to the installation of unusual objects to be found about the ground. Visitors were given a guide with clues to find words to complete a sentence that gave them their own wooden apple to tell their own story on in an ever growing installation throughout the summer. This project culminated in a live performance of the stories in a harvesting of the apples at the end of summer.