I am really so pleased to announce that ‘the secrets we keep from ourselves…’ (tswkfo) is now all safely in the store of Nottingham City Museums Art Textile Collection. This is to be the works’ new home. It has taken me a while to stabilize and prepare the work ready for its departure and to complete a 200 plus page document of installment guidelines and image library to support future installs of the work.
‘the secrets we keep from ourselves’ joins The Brides Clothes, The Brides Clothes Underwear, The Brides Clothes Wedding Album (2000-01), Squeeze (1999), Petti-fur-coat (1999) and Odd one out (2000), all part of Nottingham City Museums Contemporary Art Textile Collection.
My thanks to the team at Nottingham Museums for all their continued support, patience and assistance getting the tswkfo to it new home.
The Towner Art Gallery’s East Sussex Open Exhibition 2016 opens today. My work ‘All at Sea’ is part of this exhibition and I attended the private view summer party event last night. What a great evening – Thank you Towner Art Gallery for another splendid opening.
This year ‘East Sussex Open’ brings together a diverse range of works by 70 East Sussex Artists, which were selected by a judging panel consisting of by Jenni Lomax, Director, Camden Arts Centre, Brian Cass, Towners’ Head of Exhibitions and Melanie Manchot, Artist. For the first time the Exhibition is presented the Towners’ Second Floor Galleries. On the ground and first for galleries there are two other major exhibitions; ‘Some Are Nights Others Stars’ an international group show, in full Towner Art Gallery style and ‘David Bomberg: A Sense of Place’. All three Exhibitions are free entry. ‘David Bomberg: A Sense of Place continues until 11th September. ‘Some Are Nights Others Stars’ and East Sussex Open 2016 continue until 25th September.
For full details for a great day out at one of the South Easts’ most prestigious and inclusive art venues please visit http://townereastbourne.org.uk it is well worth the visit!
‘All at Sea’ is a site Specific work originally made for and exhibited on the Ross Tiger fishing Trawler, Grimsby in 2014 for The 62 Group of Textile Artists Exhibition ‘Ebb & Flow’. Being selected for the Towner’s Art Gallery’s ‘East Sussex Open’ 2016 gives the work its debut in a Gallery Context. Further information about this work is on this blog and at http://www.axisweb.org/artist/lucybrown
Above – ‘All at Sea’ Detail. by Lucy Brown. Photographer credit; David Ramakalawon
A few photos of the final work in situ…Working live in a gallery is always full of surprises. I had some lovely unexpected conversations with gallery visitors during my two day shed space residency. These exchanges and visitors re-actions to an artist working in the gallery all at some level inform the work made in situ. Thank you to those of you who visited.
Working with a knicker elastic warp stretched around the gallery architecture steel post and attached to the ‘shed space’ shed, I have been free fall weaving and un- weaving with a mix of nylon undergarments and stockings… starting with the basement foundations of the Former Lucas Underwear Factory building in George Street Oxford…
Above; Shed Space Exhibition. Old Fire Station Gallery Oxford. Left ‘Total Support’ by Lucy Brown
above; Warp in Progress. Lucy Brown. Gallery Residency. Shed Space Exhibition Old Fire Station Gallery Oxford
above left; Lucy Brown weaving in situ. Gallery Residency. Shed Space Exhibition Old Fire Station Gallery Oxford
above right; Back of the former Lucas Underwear factory building. Back of George Street Oxford. Lucy Brown. Research
Just thinking through my forthcoming 2-day Gallery Residency as part of the Shed Space Exhibition at The Old Fire Station, Oxford. My current research has brought me to the former Lucas Underwear factory and its fire of 1965…. In 1965 The Old Fire Station would of still been active as a fire station… The Former Lucas Underwear Factory building still stands opposite the Old Fire Station in George Street, Oxford….. some thing to mull over….
I will be weaving in response to my research findings somewhere in the gallery at The Old fire Station on Friday 24 June & Saturday 25 June, 11am – 6pm. I am also leading a two hour workshop session on Saturday 25 June, 1pm – 3pm.
Shed Space continues until 2nd July 2016 at The Gallery, Arts at the Old Fire Station (AOFS). 40 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AQ. Tel 01865 263990
I am delighted that my work ‘the secrets we keep from ourselves…’ will be part of Nottingham City’s Museums and Galleries Fine Art Textile Collection, UK. This large scale woven textile installation will sit alongside my other works; ’Squeeze’, ‘Petti-fur-coat’, ‘Odd one out’ and ‘The Brides Clothes’ already part of the same collection. ‘the secrets we keep from ourselves…’ was commissioned by Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery UK with funding from the Arts Council England through The National Lottery, for ’Lace Works – Contemporary Art & Nottingham Lace’ exhibition, Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery, England. 10th November 2012 – 10th February 2013. As the work is complex to install with transient fragments that response to the exhibition space I am spending some time in the studio working on stabilizing the more transient seams and lace trims while writing up, documenting and drawing out guidelines for installation of the work. To a certain extent this means re-adjusting and re-working…
The secrets we keep from ourselves by Lucy Brown. Overview. Installed at Nottingham Caste Museum and Art Gallery, England. Part of ’Lace Works – Contemporary Art & Nottingham Lace’ exhibition. Photographers credit John Hartley 2013
The secrets we keep from ourselves….just unpacked and back in the studio…
If you were unable to view ‘Elsa’ in the recent exhibition ‘Leaving Home: A new setting for site-specific contemporary craft’, at the Contemporary Applied Arts, London which ended on the 31st May, for one week only ‘Elsa’ can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/97659590
‘Elsa’ stars is a short silent film, part of the site-specific work ‘They loved to breathe beauty, tradition and romanticism…”, originally made for the National Trust Property, Nymans. The film follows “Elsa”, a fictional character relative of the Messel family, invented and performed by Lucy herself. Elsa explores Nymans hoping to learn something about her family roots and heritage. As Elsa moves through the gardens, ruins and interior rooms she senses the presence and lives of her relations Maud Messel and Anne Countess of Rosse. The film uses the Nymans house and gardens as a film set, exposing the spaces within the property that the pubic don’t get to visit; such as the ruins of the Great Hall, or spaces which are cordoned off; like the Garden Hall where Elsa peers into Mauds’ sewing box. Elsa also takes a moment where the original staircase once stood.
Some of the vintage garments worn by Elsa in the film, were used as raw material in the garment woven sculpture installation. The film developed from Browns’ desire to select the vintage garment raw materials through the on-site wearing on location at Nymans.
Filmed on location at Nymans, West Sussex. February 2012. With thanks as always to the National Trust (Enterprises) Ltd, Paul Dutnall Junk TV and Unravelled Arts.
Elsa’s running time is 5min 42 sec. and can be viewed until the end of the longest day – Sunday 21st June…. Summer Solstice 2015!
Film Still – Elsa heading for the Entrance at Nymans, National Trust