Jacquetta and J.B. Priestley make many appearances in a new biography of their friend, Margaret Storm Jameson. Born in Whitby, Jameson (1891-1986) was an essayist, novelist, and campaigner for peace and social justice.
Life in the Writings of Storm Jameson, by Elizabeth Maslen, (Northwestern University Press) is based on research in many archives, including ours. Links with the Priestleys, and with our other collections, can be seen throughout the book: for instance Jameson joined J.B. Priestley’s 1941 Committee and championed writers as he did through PEN. The quotation above comes from a letter to Jacquetta, who persuaded her to join the CND Women’s Committee (Jameson agreed with the cause, but was cautious because she felt she might be of little use and had so many other calls on her time – earning money for her family etc.).
Maslen’s biography will prove an invaluable and impeccably researched resource for a fascinating writer and her literary and campaigning contemporaries.
We’re delighted to share the news that Kate Morrell’s work has been selected for the 2014 Jerwood Drawing Prize Exhibition. The work is from Pots before Words, Kate’s exhibition inspired by Jacquetta Hawkes and her involvement with the 1950s television show, Animal, Vegetable, Mineral.
The Jerwood Drawing Prize is the largest and longest running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK. The Exhibition will be on display at Jerwood Space, London from 17 September – 26 October 2014, followed by a UK tour which will include Leeds (more news of this when I have it). Kate’s work, along with drawings by 45 other exhibitors, was chosen from over 3000 entries. Congratulations to all!
Alice Miller reviews Pots before Words, Kate Morrell’s exhibition inspired by Jacquetta, in the arts magazine This is Tomorrow.
It’s a fantastic review, with great insight into Jacquetta’s thinking and how Kate has engaged with her. I particularly like this: “Just as Hawkes worked to access prehistory through the study of objects, Morrell has created new objects as a way of accessing the history of Jacquetta Hawkes. ‘Pots before words’ casts the viewer as archaeologist, as Morrell’s body of work encourages thought and discovery, inviting us to read the fragments.”
There’s still time to see the exhibition, which is on at Gallery II at the University of Bradford until 22 May.
Pots Before Words | Kate Morrell
10 April-22 May 2014
Gallery II, University of Bradford
Pots Before Words is an exhibition of new works by Kate Morrell, commissioned by Gallery II at the University of Bradford. Kate engages with the life and work of Jacquetta Hawkes, via research in her Archive at the University. PBW features a series of new objects and drawings by Kate. It centres on Jacquetta’s study of prehistory, her appreciation of the role of pottery, and her humanistic take on archaeology. Kate is particularly interested in the issues which arise when interpreting or translating from an incomplete or inaccurate record of the past …
Find out more about Gallery II and the exhibition on their website. Preview 10 April 5-8 pm.
Credit: image courtesy Kate Morrell.
Thanks to the Arts Council England for their support for this exhibition!
Special Collections is closed for the Christmas break from 23 December-3 January inclusive. We’d like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy 2014 and look forward to sharing more stories and events with you in the coming year.
Season’s greetings from Special Collections: our 2013 e-card.
An exciting new project for 2014. Special Collections and Arts on Campus at the University of Bradford are commissioning artist Kate Morrell to explore the Jacquetta Hawkes Archive. As a look at Kate’s website reveals, there are fascinating connections between Kate’s interests and the Archive. Kate has used classic mountaineering tales, flints, geological surveys, and archaeological practice as inspirations for her work. Like Jacquetta in her writings, Kate is drawn to reflections on our relationships with nature, the past, and the making of objects.
Arrowhead in the Jacquetta Hawkes Archive, bought in Taos New Mexico
Her work will be exhibited in Gallery II at the University in the Spring of 2014. We look forward to collaborating with Kate and seeing what she makes of the Archive.