Journey with Absent Friends

Journey with Absent Friends on tour

Journey with Absent Friends is an installation for the inside of a caravan, with artworks hidden in every cupboard, drawer, nook and cranny with stories from Ellie and participants, about people we have loved and lost. 

Members of the public are invited to explore and then add their own memories to our audio archive and embroidered maps. 

The caravan is free and open to people of all ages.

Catch us soon here:

10:30am - 3:30pm 29th & 30th September at Kirkstall Abbey Deli Market

11am - 5pm 13th of October at Love Arts @ The Tetley

Journey With Absent Friends Pilgrimage

Where do our memories of the dead live? In sacred spaces like gravestones, or aisle 22 of Tescos? On someone’s Facebook page or Twitter feed? 

Ellie Harrison went on a month-long journey to find out.

Travelling between sites of personal remembrance, Ellie stopped at arts centres, museums, beer gardens and even the occasional service station. 

The journey was punctuated with meal events combining beautiful design, great food and immersive performance plus the chance to remember someone you have lost.

Writing, Photographs and video's coming soon! In the mean time, here's where went:

Launch Meal, Abbey House; Leeds 2nd June - Dinner with absent friends

Return Meal, Kirkstall Abbey; Leeds 24th June - Picnic with absent friends

  • The City of Oxford College: 4th & 5th June - 12:00 - 6:30pm
  • Lighthouse Poole: 6th, 7th & 9th June - 6th & 7th: 12:00 - 7:00pm, 9th: 10:00 - 1:00pm. Lunch with absent friendson Saturday 9th, 1.30pm
  • St Pauli Football Ground, Hamburg, Germany: 12th - 14th June  - 12:00-6:30pm
  • ARC, Stockton Arts Centre: 19th June - 12:00 - 6:30pm
  • Arran Library, Brodick, Isle of Arran, Scotland: 21st & 22nd June  - 12:00 - 6:30pm

The caravan is free and open to people of all ages. No booking required.

Team Grief

Ellie Harrison: Lead Artist

Jessica Sweet: Producer

Anna Turzynski: Producer

Bethany Wells: Designer

Matt Sykes-Hooban: Build Manager

Hayley Mills-Styles: Thread Artist

Jaye Kearney: Marketing & Consultancy

Matt Rodgers: Out-side Eye & Documentation

Laura King: Historian

Leann Young: Production Manager

Jess Hammett: Evaluator

Tom Woodland: Build Assistant

Christie Hill: Meal Consultant

The Swine that Dines: Chefs

Chris & Mel Dewey: Audio Archive Creators

Jazmine Krokback: Project Assistant


Arts Council England

The University of Leeds

Arts and Humanities Research Council

Lighthouse Poole

ARC Stockton Arts Centre

City of Oxford College

Abbey House Museum and Cafe

Memories Contributed by...

Ellie Harrison

Natalie Bellingham

Sheryl McMahon

Hayley Mill-Styles

Bethany Wells

GATE Archive

Postal Collaborators

Stephen Donnlley

Laura Mugridge

Louise Mothersole

Thank you’s

Open Source Arts

Live Art Bistro

Ben Mills

Leeds Libraries

Heather McDermot

Bethany Milner

Usha Baulsch

Lily Craig

Kate Barkley

Samra Mayanja

Arran Theatre and Arts Trust

Gypsy and Traveller Exchange

Alex Kelly

Alison Andrews

Dean Chapman

Joseph Morton

Adam Fairhall

Jack Sibly

Helen Russell-Brown

Peter McMasters

Auchrannie Resort

Hannah Merriman

Kirsty Sweet