Can’t quite believe it is a month ago that I de-installed Offerings 2018…… time speeds but strangely stretches…The works came down quicker than they went up…… And you bought me to my knees….. Photos from de-installing Offerings at R-Space Gallery. Lisburn. Northern Ireland. 24-26th March 2018
My solo exhibition ‘Offerings’ ends this Friday, 23rd March. You have until 5pm this day to visit the exhibition on site at R Space Gallery, Lisburn Northern Ireland.
As from Saturday 24th through to Monday 26th March I will again be working on site at R Space, de-installing my ‘Offerings’. The Gallery will be open 11am – 5pm on these days for visitors to drop in and ‘meet the artist’ and view the works being de-installed. I hope you can make it.
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.
Opening reception and artist talk Sat 24th February 2-4pm – please come and join us
Meet the Artist days 27th & 28th February 11am – 5pm
‘Offerings’ will bring together new and existing works from 2010-2017, including woven anti-form sculpture and hair-works. These works uses a mixed palette of old, unwanted clothing, hair and domestic related textile items as raw materials, and often depart from personal or collective experiences and explores themes around the body, femaleness, re-invention, textile histories and craft-labour. As from the 19th February I will be in residence at R-Space Gallery, installing the exhibition. As part of the exhibition I will be working in the Gallery while open to the public, finalising the installation on 27th and 28th February 2018, drop in and have a chat with me about the work in situ.
I am also delighted to reveal Professor Catherine Harper’s newly written essay titled ‘Lucy Brown: ‘secrets she keeps from herself’ is now available to read on the R-Space Gallery’s Website – http://www.rspacelisburn.com/offerings/
Above image – detail of ‘Bit of Skirt…’ Offerings series. by Lucy Brown
I am very delighted that my work ‘Wedding Cage’ has a new home within the Crafts Council Collection, London. Other supporting work, Ring-a-ring-a-roses – and Wedding Cages’ Cast-offs (in four parts) have also been housed there.
Wedding Cage is woven from two polyester, nylon hand/home-made 1970’s Wedding Dresses. The work was originally commissioned and made for the ‘Lookout’ 1998 exhibition programme, supported by Waterstones Bookshop, Brighton and Thames & Hudson publishers. The exhibition space was Waterstones shop window, formally in North Street Brighton.
Following the works’ debut ‘Lookout’ exhibition Wedding Cage has been exhibited extensively in a range of solo and group exhibitions, nationally and internationally, including ‘Out of the Closet’, Sotheby’s London UK. ‘The Unexpected’, Sotheby’s New York, USA (both curated by Janice Blackburn). ‘The Absent Wearer’, University of Essex Gallery, UK. ‘Intimate Foundations’ (My first major touring Solo Exhibition) UK venues, ‘Brighton Fringe Festival 1999’, ‘Talente 2000’. Handwerkskammer; Munchen. ‘Woken with a Kiss’. Hastings Museum and Art Gallery UK and ‘Merging Cultures, Merging Arts’, National Gallery of the Cayman Islands.
Images – top left; Wedding Cage. (photo credit Bob Curtis)
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.