Happy Stacking is a project by Grizedale Arts in collaboration with Vitamin Creative Space and the Zhongheng Ecotourism Development Company, China. The basic plot is to send a group of seven artists and curators to the mountain village of Nanling in Guangdong Province to look at how this remote settlement, is reacting to global cultural change and to see how artists can be useful in helping in this process of change and how artists and art itself can, in turn, be changed for the better.
Nanling village is at the head of a deep and mountainous valley. The village was established in 1958 as part of a drive towards industrialisation (Great Leap Forward). The village was at it’s zenith home to 30,000 people engaged in forestry, development of hydro power and steel (nee iron smelting) manufacture. The head of the valley provides the power and resources on which the village depends for employment and income. This is principally hydro power generating 300 million RMB annually.