A number of artists have been invited to explore the ever-growing Creative Wiltshire collections and the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre archive. The works in this exhibition will be the artists' responses to this opportunity. I have used the Pelpham Puppet Archive, held at the Swindon and Wiltshire History Centre as the starting point for my work, below.
My drawings are up in the Landscape Gallery of Derby Museum, as part of this group exhibition. I'm really looking forward to seeing all the work next week and meeting (some) of the other artists in the above list! Thank you to Andrea Hadley-Johnson, the curator and mastermind behind this project.
29th November 2016 - 20th May 2017
The Old Passage Inn, Arlingham, Gloucestershire, GL2 7JR (see www.theoldpassage.com for opening times). Featuring the artwork of 26 artists, who use a variety of media and techniques; painting, ceramics, photography, jewellery, drawing and printmaking. Their work explores the real and imagined as it investigates places between the light and dark, tranquility and threat, memory and history.
The culmination of 3 years work. Displayed for assessment, lets hope I pass!
Artists: Judith Thompson, Felicity Cormack, Susan Kester, Matt Black, Rebecca Spicer, Jay Fox-Davies, Beatrice Mar.
The exhibition forms the culmination of work from the Semantic Archive project. Included are four of my drawings inspired by the 1742 map of Fisherton Delamer.
Art from the Archives
Exploring Ephermera- Sketched out
Young Gallery Salisbury
11 October – 1 November
‘Art from the Archives’ exhibition at Gallery One, Young Gallery, Salisbury Library, 11 October to 1 November 2014. This is an exhibition that has emerged through artists engaging with a collection of documents selected by staff at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre. From the 8 miles of shelves the 16 chosen objects showed the diversity of the knowledge and contents of the Centre.
The artists have fully engaged with the object, showing real commitment and a highly personal response. Their exploration looks at the tension between history and the present; between the origin of meaning within the intention of the author and the power of the reader to unmake, redefine and interpret shapes and scratches of the past into something new that speaks to the living world.
The initial parameters for the project were a 2B pencil and a piece of paper no bigger than A5; no other material was to be used. The submissions have been brought together as ‘The Semantic Archive’ artists’ book. This is to be launched at the exhibition, and it can also be viewed digitally via issuu.com/juliesmithissuu.com/docs/semantic_archive.
The exhibition is an extension of the 2B pencil gatherings into pieces of work that reflect the artists’ discoveries via material that has been chosen to connect with each person’s chosen field.
The exhibition will be selected and curated by Peter Riley, Curator, Young Gallery, Peter Tyas, Manager, Arts and Archives, Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre and Julie Smith, Visual Lead, Artist, Art Lecturer at School of Art, Swindon College. This exhibition will enliven interest in the task of preserving historical records and their place/relevance in our world. Not to be missed…
Private view 2pm, Saturday 11 October.