What should we preserve to tell the story of our present in the future? What are the approaches of the people who both curate and care for these spaces and objects? And what could new artistic commissions add to our understanding of heritage and museum collections?
Our heritage sites, museums and galleries aim to both reflect and challenge the world around us. Their archives hold a cross-section of what has been important socially, economically and creatively over hundreds, if not thousands, of years. This panel discussion brings together artists, curators and academics to ruminate on how artists interpret the rich content of these archives in their work.
Chaired by Lorna Johnson, a Leeds-based artist who is exhibiting at our upcoming St Margaret of Antioch exhibition, the panel includes:
Freelance artist, collaborator, listener, researcher, connector
Lydia aims to reveal, support and champion the creative brains transforming the make-up of where we live. She is also a board member at BasementArtsProject and Left Bank Leeds CIC.
Artist and practice-led PhD candidate
Lorna is a visual artist who is currently undertaking a practice-led PhD at the University of Leeds, titles Yorkshire Hoards – understanding the objective/subjective value of objects we continue to earmark, lay, maintain, stow, store, put away through the artist’s edit.
Her recent site-specific artworks have engaged with objects and materials that have particular place meaning, a process of importing a history to export it back out to the place in reference. Through this, she aims to either reinforce an already acknowledged site or industry heritage to the viewer, or reawaken a heritage that should be remembered.
Project Curator at Leeds Museums and Galleries
Lucy currently works across all nine Leeds Museums & Galleries sites, co-ordinating activities to commemorate anniversaries of the First World War. She’s involved in Social & Industrial History, Art, Costume and Numismatic collections, drawing together material to illustrate the brilliant stories they hold.
Lecturer in Heritage and Contemporary Art, University of Leeds
Nick is an artist and lecturer. He has extensive exhibiting and teaching experience in a wide range of contexts and has worked for Leeds Museums and Galleries and the Royal Armouries as an Education Officer. He has also worked freelance for a variety of museums in the north of England, including Tate Gallery Liverpool, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester Museum of Science and Industry and Hull Museums. Nick’s art practice inhabits a perceptual space between sculpture and collage, and draws influence from both traditional printmaking techniques and contemporary technologies.
The discussion, kindly supported by Heritage Lottery Fund, begins at 7:30pm and is free and open to all. Please book your place in advance via Eventbrite.