A doomed love affair and women’s clothing as a war memorial are just two of the unusual artworks by University of Derby students, aimed at showing museum exhibits in a fresh light.
Works by second-year BA (Hons) Fine Art degree students have gone on display at Derby Museum and Art Gallery and Pickford’s House Museum in Derby city, until June 5. The collection is entitled Interventions.
The artworks were created in response to the museums’ established collections, with the ‘intervention’ of this new student work aimed at encouraging visitors to see familiar exhibits differently.
Their work includes:
Time, Thy Name is Sorrow – student artist Catherine Jack has added labels and notes to a collection of personal objects from the 19th Century, to create a fictional doomed love affair through them. Situated in the Long Case Clock Gallery in Derby Museum.
Try not to worry Mum – Pat Gray has designed a woman’s vest top, in a khaki camouflage style but using bright colours, as a tribute to the war dead of modern conflict zones. Located in the Soldiers’ Story Gallery at Derby Museum.
Salarium – Rebecca Griffiths has soaked cotton threads in a saline salt solution to produce a stalactite effect, for the below ground, basement kitchen of the Pickford’s House Museum.
Other museum pieces for which the students have created complementary artworks include a celestial sky map, a skin-like wax poppy, and a series of porcelain cups containing surface impressions of their owners. The University of Derby artists also include Dexter Lewis Bowring, Stephanie Facer, Penny Jane Mason, Sinead Simpson, Abbie Sunter, Amy Treece, Katherine Ward and Rosamond Woodrow.
Derby Museum and Art Gallery is at The Strand, and Pickford’s House Museum at 41 Friar Gate, both in Derby city.
Rodger Brown, Acting Programme Leader for the University’s BA (Hons) Fine Art degree course, said: “These students have relished the chance to work with the museums’ collections.
“It’s been a great opportunity for them to consider how objects and artefacts are displayed, and interpreted, in a museum context. It will enable them to address visitors through their visual work, which explores the different meanings of these exhibits. “
The new works can be found alongside various collections in the two museums including those devoted to long case clocks, butterflies, the military, porcelain, and in the main bedroom and kitchen at Pickford’s House Museum.
Interventions will run until June 5.
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