The Story of Connected Life
through Rock, Earth and Community.

EarthBound Exhibition at the National Stone Centre, DE4 4LS. The Story of Connected Life Through Rock, Earth and Community.
17th July - 11th September 2022
Artists: Kate Bellis, Sally Matthews, Alex Hyde,
Liane Lang, Bernadine Rutter, EJ Lance, Coral Rose Kindred-Boothby

Niki Killer Talking to the Bullocks at Dusk, Old Bolehill Mine Spoil Heap, Derbyshire Peak District, August 7th 2020. Bedrock Geology: Bowland Shale Formation over Carboniferous Limestone Kate Bellis


‘My Mum died when I was very young... so being out here, in the fields around home was important. I still like to be out here.’

- Niki Killer. Read more


Barn Owl, Found Newly Dead, Spitewinter Barn and Meadow, Wirksworth Moor, Derbyshire Peak District, January 15th 2021. Bedrock Geology: Ashover Grit-Sandstone Kate Bellis


‘I look down at beautiful evolution, but not quite perfect enough, this cruel wonderland has starved and frozen the ghost of Spitewinter Barn.’

- Kate Bellis, January 15th 2021. Read more


Spitewinter Barn, Wirksworth Moor, January 15th 2021. Kate Bellis

Barn Owl Feather detail, Imaged on a Scanning Electron Microscope, Hand Printed Cyanotype, Kate Bellis. Kate Bellis

Barn Owl Tyto Alba, frozen feather detail Bedrock Geology: Gritstone Alex Hyde

Barn Owl Tyto Alba, wing detail. Bedrock Geology: Gritstone Alex Hyde


The foremost wing feather (10th primary) has a row of tiny barbs along its leading edge, breaking down turbulence and enabling near silent flight.

- Alex Hyde. Read more


Barn Owl Tyto Alba foot.
The knobbly surface aids grip on prey and when perching. Prey is killed by foot clenching. Bedrock Geology: Gritstone Alex Hyde

Beetle Wing Case Extracted from a Spitewinter Barn Owl Pellet, Cyanotype Hand Print of a SEM Micrograph. Kate Bellis

Small mammal bones underneath roost of Barn Owl Tyto alba. Bedrock Geology: Gritstone Alex Hyde

Vole Tooth Detail, Extracted from a Spitewinter Barn Owl Pellet. Hand Printed Cyanotype of a SEM Micrograph Kate Bellis

Dead Barn Owl Tyto Alba,
Gesso, charcoal, varnish and soil from Griffe Walk Farm (loam), Volcanic layer from National Stone Centre Quarry (grey), surrounded by Spitewinter barn floor. Sally Matthews


The Owl lies, slowly joining the soil beneath it, composed of the fallen remains of the prey that kept it alive, muck, traces of visiting sheep, insects and dust.

Sheltered in death as in life by Spitewinter Barn, built generations ago with stone quarried from the same ground.

- Sally Matthews. Read more


Amy, New Generation of Women in Quarrying, Laboratory Technician, Longcliffe Limestone Quarry, Brassington Moor, Derbyshire Peak District. November 18th 2021. Kate Bellis

Glynis, Worked in Quarrying for 50 Years, many of those as Queen of the Longcliffe Weigh bridge. Longcliffe Limestone Quarry, Brassington Moor, Derbyshire Peak District. December 2nd 2021. Kate Bellis


Left: Glyn, Eighteen Years Old, the Youngest Contract Worker at Longcliffe Limestone Quarry, Brassington Moor, Derbyshire Peak District. October 15th 2020.

Right: Ged, 73 Years Old, Worked for Longcliffe Quarry for over Fifty Years. November 19th 2020. Kate Bellis Bedrock Geology: Bee Low Limestone Formation


‘I’ve worked here for most of my life, since the boss’s Grandfather’s time... they gave me a big party when I was 70, for retiring, but afterwards I asked if I could keep on working, I’ve been here since I was 21.’

- Ged.


Southern Bristletail Dilta hibernica, found amongst limestone scree at Longcliffe Hoe Grange nature reserve, Derbyshire, once a working quarry site. November 2020. Bedrock Geology: Limestone Alex Hyde

Egg sac of unidentified spider clad in limestone flakes, discovered under a slab of limestone at Longcliffe Hoe Grange nature reserve, Derbyshire. October 2020. Bedrock Geology: Limestone Alex Hyde

Cave Hyena Crocuta Crocuta Spelaea. Ash, Charcoal, Cement colourant, Griffe Walk Farm earth, Loncliffe Quarry limestone dust. Sally Matthews Bedrock Geology: Limestone


Hyenas were the hunter-gatherers of Hoe Grange Cave, surviving on whatever they could hunt and scavenge, leaving the remains as a time capsule, a bone museum of millennia to be discovered by limestone quarry men in 1902.

-Sally Matthews. Read more


Olive, Twighlight on Midsummers Day, Meadows at the Edge of Wirksworth, Derbyshire Peak District, June 2020. Bedrock Geology: Bowland Shale Formation over Carboniferous Limestone Kate Bellis


‘I’ve swapped nights out in pubs and clubs to meeting my friends in a field.’

- Olive, 18 years old.


Pollen grains visible on anthers of a Small Scabious Scabiosa columbaria. Hoe Grange Nature Reserve, Derbyshire. November 2020 (an unusually late bloom). Bedrock Geology: Limestone Alex Hyde

Elephant Hawkmoth Deilephila elpenor, discovered after coming to light at night. Youlgrave, Derbyshire. May 2020. Bedrock Geology: Limestone Alex Hyde

Reverend David Truby in the Meadows on the Edge of Wirksworth Town, where he Serves as Priest at St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Doors were Closed during the First Lockdown. June 2020. Bedrock Geology: Bowland Shale Formation over Carboniferous Limestone Kate Bellis


‘Despair is the furthest thing from my mind. Perhaps I’m learning to be more trusting than before and allowing myself to let go of the illusion that I was ever in control.’

- Rev David Truby, First Lockdown, Covid Pandemic, 2020.


Network of fungal mycelia growing across a dead beach leaf on the forest floor. The mycelium is the vegetative part of the fungus and is made up of a mass of thread-like hyphae. Dimons Dale, Cromford, Derbyshire. November 2020. Bedrock Geology: Bowland Shale Formation Alex Hyde

Phil Spencer, Collecting his Eggs from Kate Bellis during the first Lockdown, after a Rain Storm, Meadows on the Edge of Wirksworth, Early June 2020. Bedrock Geology: Bowland Shale Formation over Carboniferous Limestone Kate Bellis


‘My Mother was half gypsy and proud of it, I think that’s why I always want to be outside looking at nature...never get fed up, houses and cottage are just shelter from the storm.’

- Phil Spencer. Read more


Juvenile Crab Spider Xysticus sp. awaits its unsuspecting insect prey from within a seed head. Hoe Grange Nature Reserve, Derbyshire. September 2020. Bedrock Geology: Limestone Alex Hyde

Child Protestor, Extinction Rebellion March and Demonstration, Wirksworth, September 2019. Kate Bellis

Red Velvet Mite Trombidium holosericeum moving through the soil on warm spring day. 3 millimetres in length. Lathkill Dale, Derbyshire. April 2020. Bedrock Geology: Limestone Alex Hyde

Fran Lomas, 13 years old, Lidgate Farm, after hours of flint walking* fresh ploughed fields opposite Longcliffe Quarry, Aldwark. *(Flint Walking, to collect fragments of flint and ancient tools and scrapers brought to the surface of newly ploughed earth.) Bedrock Geology: Carboniferous Limestone. Kate Bellis


‘I am nothing, when you think about it, how old this Land is. How many lives have been lived out here. You want to leave the land better though, make your mark somehow.’

Jen Lomas, Lidgate Farm, Aldwark.


Richard Mycock with his Grandson, On their Dairy Farm, Derbyshire Peak District, March 14th 2020. Bedrock Geology: Carboniferous Limestone Kate Bellis


‘I help with the cows and I can drive a tractor...these are my new big teeth, they’ve just busted out, they’re strong, it’s the milk, I’ll show you...’ He grins wide, I shake him firmly by the hand before I leave, that’s the last time I’ve shaken anyone’s hand for almost a year now. I didn’t realise how that moment would stay with me.’

Kate Bellis, talking to Richard Mycock’s Grandson, First visit, Just before first Lockdown, March 2020.


Dung beetles Geotrupidae. Black gloss paint, sheep muck, and Powder nail polish Sally Matthews


'Only a very small amount of life on earth is lucky enough to exist without any human contact or interference. The Dung beetle largely lives beneath piles of muck, dragging it down into the tunnels it has burrowed beneath, to feed its young, but still their lives are often disrupted and entangled in our reality.'

-Sally Matthews. Read more


Mum and Babe Sitting Outside on their Doorstep, Watching Life pass by, May Bank Holiday 2019, Wirksworth High Street, Derbyshire. Bedrock Geology: Bowland Shale Formation over Carboniferous Limestone Kate Bellis


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