1 October 2014 to 7 February 2015
“Artefacts” is an exhibition of new work by Green Door members based on objects in the Kendal Museum collection. The work includes paintings, prints, drawings, photography and sculpture, and is a culmination of our year’s residency at the Museum.
Artists were given a free choice of items in the collection and chose those which resonated with them. Some fulfilled a long-standing ambition by getting close to an object they’d admired while others challenged themselves by creating a piece which was quite different to their usual subject matter. The result is an impressive collection of new work.
“A few years ago, while I was working as the Curator of Kendal Museum I discovered that a distant Great Great Great Great Uncle of mine, a James M. Barnes was a well-known 19th Century ‘Fern-hunter’ and he discovered 8 different type specimens of fern, all of which are in the Museum’s collection. This artwork is part nature study, and part family tree which tries to illustrate the connection.”
“’Day windy with gleams’ was the entry in John Gough’s weather records in Kendal Museum which caught my eye. My picture is made up of several small monotypes representing Gough’s written descriptions of the changing weather over Christmas 1788.”
“Whilst drawing amongst the displays of flora and fauna, waiting for inspiration, words drifted up the stairs and around the exhibits. People came and went, leaving no mark or record of their visit except the memory of them. To me this reflected the human element in any museum, questioning and changing with each new visitor. The artefacts that are the attraction are static; the viewers, their words and their returning visits are not. One cannot exist without the other.”
Exhibiting artists include Jamie Barnes, Averyl Bradbrook, Sue David, John Davenport, Ann Marie Foster, Eileen Gledhill, Lynda Gray, Jan Huntley Peace, Cally Lawson, Richard Light, Kath Lockhart, Emma Lowe, Jill Pemberton, Colin Reynolds, Brie Wharf, Andy Wild, Frances Winder and Maddy Wright.