Butchery is traditional work
Specialists on a semiautomated disassembly line
They stun you and exsanguinate
They skin, scald and de-hair
They eviscerate and split you
These skills, required to sell the meat
Of slaughtered animals in a timely manner
Ned James & the Swifts
Division of Labour (DoL). The gallery is based in two venues within Worcestershire, 250km north-west of London.
WORCESTER BRANCH: This address is used as a residency and project space, It was once a 19th century abattoir and butchers. The City of Worcester is known for the first skirmish and the last battle of the English Civil War, it is home to Worcester Sauce and the city is infamous as a town planning case study; the'rape' of Worcester.
MALVERN BRANCH: The gallery space is located in the neighbouring 19th Century spa town of Great Malvern the Malvern Hills are well known for the natural springs and water running from it's hilltop forts and bronze age settlements that date back to 1000BC. The Malvern Hills have been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty by the UK Countryside Agency. Historically significant, sites relate to the invention of radar, the inspiration for Tolkein, C.S Lewis, Bernard Shaw and Elgar. A destination for convalescence by Darwin, Roosavelt, Dickens and Florence Nightingale,