Earlier this year my work ‘the secrets we keep from ourselves…’was installed in Lord Byron’s Dressing Room at his ancestral home, Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire. The work was part of the ‘Lace Unveiled’ exhibition 10 March – 22 April 2018. This is the first time ‘the secrets we keep from ourselves….’ was installed solely by The Nottingham Museums Team since the work was acquisition into Nottingham’s Textile Art Collection in 2016.
My work ‘the secrets we keep from ourselves….’ (2012-2015) is currently part the ‘Lace Unveiled’ exhibition at Newstead Abbey 10 March – 22 April 2018.
Lace Unveiled includes work by contemporary artists inspired by lace displayed within the rooms of Newstead Abbey, the ancestral home of the Romantic Poet Lord Byron. Which are on shown alongside objects from the world-class Nottingham City Museums & Galleries Lace Collection. This is the first time ‘the secrets we keep from ourselves….’ will be installed solely byThe Nottingham Museums Team since the work was acquisition into Nottingham’s Textile Art Collection in 2016. I am very excited to see if my 218 page document of Installation Guidelines has worked ! ‘the secrets we keep from ourselves…’ is installed in Byron’s Dressing Room, which is next to his bedroom. Other Artists included in the Exhibition are Joana Vasconcelos, Joy Buttress, Manolis Papastavrou and Shane Waltener.
Lace Unveiled is part of Nottingham Museums’ Lace Unravelled public programme, which includes a symposium, which I am going to this week (15th and 16th March) and Lace Walks. Please follow link for further details.
The Exhibition install went well, took 8 days working on site. The opening reception took place on Saturday 24th February and I ran a ‘Reconsidering Clothes’ workshop on Wednesday 28th February. I have very much enjoyed the process of working with the gallery space. ‘Bit of Skirt’ and ‘waisted: wasted’ were finally completed in the gallery. Photos below are of installing the work, including the much needed scaffolding tower which, at times, seemed to became part of the work. Offerings continues until Friday 23rd March 2018.
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