Collection of the Artists Symposium – Buxton Museum
Here at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery we have a long tradition of working with and supporting artists. In the last two years, a major refurbishment of the Wonders of the Peak gallery provided an opportunity for artists to work more closely with our collections. With the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Amanda Johnson has been our a composer in residence; Richard Johnson has been our visual artist and Gordon MacLellan, a story teller and poet, has delivered a comprehensive community engagement programme at the museum and out in the landscape.
Inspired by their opportunity, and with the support of an Arts Council England Grants for the Arts award, four more artists have been able to create new work in response to the collection and the landscape.
Their various journeys of creativity and collaboration have raised curators’ and artists’ awareness of both the great potential and the challenges that arise when the worlds or art, heritage and gallery development collide.
Your are invited to join the COLLECTION OF THE ARTISTS for a day, to meet some of the artists who have made new work for the gallery and to share and enrich your learning with us.
For a flyer of the event, please click here: Invitation to Collection of the Artists Symposium
On the day
10.00 Coffee and welcome at the Devonshire Dome
A tour of the newly refurbished museum and a chance to meet some of our artists
12.30 Light lunch
13.15 Panel Discussion
15.00 Funding workshop
If you have any dietary or other requirements, please contact Karen Merrifield (Karen@ieltd.co.uk)
Speakers and Panel Members
Ros Westwood Derbyshire Museums Manager
Dr Janet Marstien Programme Director Art, Museums and Gallery Studies, University of Leicester
Ann Wright (AD:uk Senior Fellow) Head of Arts Derbyshire County Council
Amanda Johnson Composer in Residence
Chaired by Jael Williams Arts and Heritage Professional.
The Collection of the Artists
The seven artists making up the Collection are: Amanda Johnson, Richard Johnson, Gordon MacLellan, Caroline Chouler, Seiko Kinoshita, Simon Watson and Adrian Lambert.
Amanda Johnson composed, recorded and performed a piece of electro-acoustic music inspired by data derived from the DNA sequences of a cave lion. With help from the National Trust, Amanda recorded her composition in Foxhole Cave, where the remains of Ice Age mammals were found. The finished piece ‘Hindlow Lion Suite’ was recently selected by Sound and Music (the national charity for new music) as a recipient of the Francis Chagrin Award.
Richard Johnson, visual artist, has completed 14 digital illustrations of Derbyshire minerals. Richard has used a process he developed called coal mirror drawing which combines traditional drawing with digital technology. The work is intended for screen and is on display in the new gallery.
Gordon MacLellan has completed poems and stories suggesting a more settled way of life in the Bronze Age Peak District may have led to the creation of art and music. Gordon takes inspiration from the ancient landscape, monuments, people and events. Some of his work has been transcribed onto the gallery walls.
Over 300 women and children were massacred at the Iron Age hill fort, Fin Cop. Caroline Chouler, a ceramicist, has created delicate bowls as a memorial to the people who died here. The bowls are now on display in the museum alongside objects excavated on site.
Seiko Kinoshita’s woven wall hanging is inspired by the belief that Bronze Age people had access to natural dyes and pigments that could be used to make the Bronze Age Peak District a place full of colour. Seiko’s piece now hangs in the new gallery together with objects associated with Bronze Age textile working.
Sculptor, Simon Watson has used the Bronze Age lost wax process to cast a bronze. The subject and process of this artwork provide direct links to Bronze Age people. The museum further commissioned Simon to make ceramic pieces to show the shapes axes made when creating tools.
Adrian Lambert has documented the project through beautiful and evocative photography showing the artists at work in the landscape and their final pieces in the gallery.