The Archive was an ongoing accumulation of images, thoughts and other pieces of information relating to themes explored in the exhibition: A Bucolic Frolic: Distractions from the Modern

As is possibly often the way with such intentions for various reasons The Archive didn't get going as hoped. It may still yet.. In the meantime, here is some background context.

A Bucolic Frolic: Distractions from the Modern was held at Mummery+Schnelle London 29 June – 18 August 2012

A collaboration between Andrew Cross and Andrew Mummery, the exhibition looked at “some tendencies to be found in English art, design and music from 1960s to the present day which indicate a particular refusal to accept an inevitable onslaught of economic and technological modernity, preferring instead visions of alternative worlds and reinterpretations of the existing one.”

At the same time as the exhibition Andrew Cross screened his films The Solo and On Grass made in collaboration with musicians Carl Palmer and Nik Turner.

Accompanying the exhibition was a newspaper edited by Andrew Cross and Jonathan Watts with further contributions by Rob Young (outdoor music festivals)  and Adrian Friend (rural architecture) and featuring a cover drawn by Roger Dean.

The Archive is complied by Andrew Cross (who will try and not think of it as a ‘blog’.) However, the Archive will include contributions from others.


Origins: Knebworth


Credit where due. The title A Bucolic Frolic originates in part from the name given to the first Knebworth festival organised in 1974 by Freddie Bannister.

The day featured The Allman Bros, The Doobie Bros, Van Morrison, Tim Buckley and others. The 1975 festival was headlined by Pink Floyd. I attended my first ever festival at the 1976 Knebworth Fayre headlined by The Rolling Stones but famously also featured Lynyrd Skynyrd.


Knebworth Fayre, August 21, 1976

Knebworth Park, August 21, 2001


Origins: Upavon

Born in 1961 Andrew Cross spent his first ten years growing up in rural Wiltshire were his father managed 3,500 of farmland around the village of Upavon. This land was leased from the MoD and now constitutes part of the Salisbury Plain Training Area.

The image of the burning barn was taken in 1962 by David Cross and documents the controlled burning of a traditional thatched timber barn to be replaced by a new metal structure for storing farm machinary.