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 have just packed up and posted a new wall based sculpture titled ‘Total Support’ to Arts at the Old fire Station in Oxford. ‘Total Support’ will be part of ‘Shed Space’ and will be on display from 20 May – 2 July 2016
“Shed Space is a group exhibition installation exploring the notion of the shed as a making space. The shed has been integral to the creative making process throughout history. Examples of those working out of their shed include Harley and Davidson, Hewlett-Packard, Walt Disney, Charles Dickens, Roald Dahl, William Blake, Henry Moore and Tracy Emin. In recent times, the shed has smartened up and undergone a social transformation to become an office, a studio or simply a place to think”.
“Central to the exhibition will be the garden shed built within the Old Fire Station main gallery. Complete with an environmentally sustainable living roof, it will be a sculptural element and a backdrop for visiting artists to use for creative workshops, demonstrations and events”.
As part of the 2-day Meet the Artist residencies I will be weaving in situ somewhere in the gallery on Friday 24 June & Saturday 25 June 2016, 11am – 6pm. I am also leading a two hour workshop on Saturday 25 June 2016, 1pm – 3pm.
One of the things I like about being part of the 62 Group of Textile Artists is that the 62 Group opens up unexpected opportunities. The Groups forthcoming exhibition ‘Ebb and Flow’ is one of those opportunities. For the past five months I have been working on a site specific work titled ‘All at Sea’ for the enchanting Ross Tiger ex- fishing trawler.
‘All at Sea’ will be part of ‘Ebb and Flow’ running from 9th Sept to 2nd Nov 2014 across 2 venues, The Fishing Heritage Centre and The Grimsby Minster. The exhibition will be accompanied by an extensive education programme.
The Ross Tiger is part of the North East Lincolnshire Museums exhibits and she now rests at the back of the Fishing Heritage Centre in Alexandra Dock, Grimsby. Access via daily guided tours, some of which are led by ex-Grimsby trawler fishermen.
The Ross Tiger was built in Selby in 1957. She is thought to be the oldest middle-deep water side-trawler in the country. She represents an almost extinct breed of vessels that once made up the largest fishing fleet in the world.
I will be installing ‘All at Sea’ on the Ross Tiger sometime over the next week or so. Further details and photos of work in situ to follow shortly.
In addition to ‘Since I fell for you’, ‘try not to breathe’ is also being exhibited as part of this year’s East Sussex Open in the window space at the Towner Gallery. Exhibition is now open and continues until the 28th April 2013. http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/
‘Since I fell for you’. Installed at Towner Gallery. East Sussex Open 2013 exhibition
‘Try not to breathe.’ Installed in Towner Gallery window space, Part of East Sussex Open 2013 exhibition