Katrina Palmer: End Matter

Portland has been shaped and hollowed out over centuries by convicts and quarrymen to provide stone for some of London’s best-known buildings, for example, one million square feet of Portland stone is said to have been quarried for St Paul’s Cathedral.

Art Exhibition previously on at Artangel in Uganda.
From Sunday 26 April 2015 to Sunday 28 June 2015

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Published by anonymous on Thursday 14 May 2015.
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A project in three parts:

The Loss Adjusters: a site-specific audio walk experienced on the island, 26 April – 28 June 2015

The Quarryman’s Daughters: a broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 5 May 2015

End Matter: a book of new writing and photography

Artist Katrina Palmer has undertaken her own excavations into this elemental island, marked by unsettling absences, deviant goings-on and a writer who has gone missing.

A series of narratives set on Portland for listeners, readers and walkers, the three parts of the project are as follows:

The Loss Adjusters
This is a site-specific audio walk made for Portland and available to stream and download online.

Experienced on the island from 26 April until 28 June 2015, the walk takes visitors from inside 52 Easton Street, previously a loss adjusters’ premises on Portland, out past a cemetery then onwards to a quarry. As they walk, people will hear about the primal forces of the island’s geology, a young offender turned gravedigger, and the Horrocks sisters, two daughters of a quarryman.

If you are planning to experience the walk on Portland itself, please make sure to check the Visitor Information first.

The Quarryman’s Daughters

This broadcast went out on BBC Radio 4 at 23:00 on Tuesday 5 May 2015.

Following a fifteen-minute introduction, this special radio adaptation of Palmer’s work is an intimate reading by a narrator interwoven with the voices of characters known as the Horrocks sisters, the eccentric daughters of a deceased quarryman, who occupy huts on the edge of the island. The narrative is accompanied by field recordings from Portland – the swell of the tide, the banging and cutting of quarry work – conveying an unsettling atmosphere that builds to a surprising conclusion.

End Matter

This is a publication of documents, stories and investigations. Available to purchase from Book Works.

Designed by James Langdon, the book is composed of what is known in publishing terms as “end matter”, the often supplementary sections – epilogues, glossaries, postscripts – that appear after the body of a book has been completed.