Glacial Procession by Artist in Residence Yambe Tam

Glacial Procession is an invitation to reawaken slow ways of moving, and consider how this most basic relationship of body to land has more broadly shaped our ways of thinking. – Yambe Tam

Yambe Tam is an artist and ordained Zen Buddhist creating contemplative experiences through sculpture, video games, and immersive installations. In her recent work as Chrysalis Arts Development's Artist in Residence, Yambe created five sculptural walking staffs each representing an important ecological link in the region’s geological history: glacier, limestone, river, plant, and animal. The staffs are inspired by Buddhist shakujo, which were used during travel and pilgrimage in ancient times. 

In September 2023, Yambe led a small procession of local North Yorkshire artists through the Yorkshire Dales. Five figures carried a sculptural walking staff. They followed the order of the ecological succession they appeared in the landscape, connecting geological and human scales of time.

Halfway through the procession, there was a meditation in nature where participants reflected on questions of efficiency, sustainability, time, desire, and energy.

Glacial Procession is the conclusion of Yambe Tam's Artist Residency with Chrysalis Arts Development in 2023. 

Thank you to our funders Arts Council England. 


CAD Director’s Sara Trentham-Black and Helen Turner will be interviewing Yambe about her work and residency experience later this October. We’re looking forward to hearing more about Yambe’s experience and how we can improve the residency in the future. 

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