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
Last week to see Lucy Browns’ ‘the secrets we keep from ourselves…’ in Romantic Poet Lord Bryon’s Dressing Room at Newstead Abbey, the ancestral home of the Lord Byron. The display is part of the Lace Unveiled Exhibition until 22 April 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.
I am really so pleased to announce that ‘The Self Skins’ (1-8) have now returned back home to Goldsmiths, University of London and are now part of Goldsmiths Textile Collection, Special Collections & Archives, based in the Constance Howard Gallery, Goldsmiths Deptford Town Hall Building, London. http://www.gold.ac.uk/textile-collection/
‘The Self Skins’ were my final works for my Goldsmiths 1995 Textile degree show. These nine works have been exhibited and published extensively post-degree show, including in Crafts Magazine, Flexible 2; Netherlands Textile Museum & European Tour, Observer magazine and Bankfield Museum UK.
Along with Self Skins 1-8,‘A Chain of Being’, a framed work on paper, has also been handed over the Goldsmiths Textiles Collection. ‘Self Skin 9’is part of The Private Art Collection of Rose Knox-Peebles. ‘A Chain of Being’ was one of three Self Skin works on paper also part of my Goldsmiths 1995 Textile degree show.
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)