Two artists inspired by the effect of Storm Desmond are preparing to reveal more details of their work which will be displayed in a venue badly damaged by the events of December 2015.
The University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts and Carlisle City Council with support from the Arts Council England launched the scheme in January 2017 and received 28 applications for the two posts. Seven artists were selected to develop their proposals further before the two artists in residence were selected for a residency at the Old Fire Station in Carlisle city centre.
Laura Harrison from Carlisle is a graduate from the master’s programme in contemporary fine art at the University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts. Her work tracks water courses, from the hills to the sea and the range of emotional effects their turbulent and quiet spaces provoke. Using film shot at night, her work focuses as much on sound as images.
The other contributor is John Dummett who recently completed a PhD by Art Practice at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art. His work is installation and performance-based and has taken the form of a series of public events which he has called ‘Soundings’. Each is a temporary installation within the Old Fire Station Dormitory Room comprising sculptural and textual elements within and around which he overlays ambient sound and the live spoken word. These events, and the installations he leaves behind, are an invitation to engage with our contemporary, cultural and poetic responses to the elemental we experience through our relationship to water.
Both artists will present more details at Tullie House Art Gallery on Tuesday 17 October at 7.00 pm when they will discuss their methods and work so far. Tickets are free, but numbers are limited and so advance booking is recommended. Book your tickets by calling the Tullie House Box Office on 01228 618700 or in person at Tullie House reception, during museum opening hours.
Both exhibitions will be held concurrently at the Old Fire Station, from November 20th to December 1st 2017
“Everyone is warmly invited to the talks and to share in a discussion arising from their work and how their very different methods of research, inquiry and public engagement can access, touch and move communities who share collective experience and subsequent memories of disruptive environmental events here and across the world,” Dr Mark Wilson, professor in fine art, said.”This event at Tullie House provide a unique opportunity to catch the artists midway in the process of their research and making and to discuss with them the opportunities and problematics of art in relation to crisis, recovery and environmental adjustment.”
Immersion/Emergence Public Presentation
Tuesday 17 October, 7.00pm
Tullie House, Lecture Theatre
Tickets: FREE but advance booking is recommended
Book your tickets by calling the Box Office on 01228 618700 or in person at Tullie House reception.