Our friends at Trowelblazers are working on an amazing project to celebrate women working in archaeology, geology and palaeontology in the past and present. Raising Horizons, created in partnership with photographer Leonora Sanders, will be a multimedia exhibition which pairs a modern woman with a historic counterpart.
Raising Horizons logo featuring modern women working in archaeology, geology and palaeontology.
We are delighted that Jacquetta Hawkes is one of the trowelblazers. Her partner is Dr Colleen Morgan of the University of York. They have in common their “explorations of archaeology, its practice and meanings across many different channels, from academic articles to artistic endeavours”. Find out more about both of them and the other trowelblazing partners in this blog post and this Guardian article about the project.
Help support Raising Horizons through the crowdfunding site Indiegogo.
Jacquetta Hawkes and her archive continue to inspire artists and curators! “The sun went in, the fire went out” is a new exhibition which uses Jacquetta’s experience to present art made by three avant-garde female artists active during the 1960s and 1970s: Annabel Nicolson, Carlyle Reedy, and Marie Yates.
“The sun went in, the fire went out”. Detail from exhibition catalogue front cover: Jacquetta’s handwritten text which inspired the exhibition
The curators, Karen di Franco and Elisa Kay, also explore parallels with the work of modernist writer Mary Butts, who, like Jacquetta, was a well-known figure who became marginal – and is now being rediscovered.
What do these women have in common as artists? The qualities characteristic of A Land, Jacquetta’s greatest and most distinctive work: “resistance to easy categorization, concern for process, and understanding of physical and cultural landscape”, to quote an enthusiastic review by Jonathan P. Watts for Frieze magazine.
“The Sun went in, the fire went out: landscapes in film, performance and text” is on show at CHELSEA space, Chelsea College of Arts, from 27 January to 4 March 2016.
“I was born with the ideas of certain shapes in my mind, as far back as seven …”
The sculptor Barbara Hepworth developed her unique vision early in life – her career refined and developed this into art. We have seen something similar with her near contemporary, Jacquetta Hawkes, and her interest in the deep past. Both artists were drawn to the qualities of stone and of landscape, the visual, the tactile – a romantic, lyrical, British take on modernism.
They came together on the experimental film Figures in a Landscape, for which Jacquetta wrote the script, characteristically setting Hepworth’s art in the context of Cornwall’s geology. Again and again the director, Dudley Shaw Ashton, shows us natural forms in the landscape which then merge with Hepworth’s created forms. We see her creating too, at work in her studio, hewing her ideas out of the rock with chisel and saw; hard, physical work requiring strength and finesse.
The film uses strident music by Priaulx Rainier and saturated 1950s colours to striking effect. Before I saw it, having read the script, I’d pictured the black and white, wild, romantic Du Maurier Cornwall depicted in films of the period. I remember being surprised and even unsettled by the way the elements of the film were put together, and it made me look again at Hepworth (who, like Henry Moore, may have suffered from over-exposure as a certain kind of public art, ubiquitous and often unloved in public spaces during the 1970s).
This intriguing film is on show as part of a major Hepworth retrospective. Open from 24 June-25 October 2015, Sculpture for a Modern World has been extensively reviewed and discussed and will bring Hepworth and her contemporaries to new audiences. I hope to visit the exhibition next time I am in London – watch this space!
The rich visual and creative imagination of Jacquetta Hawkes continues to inspire artists: working with them is one of the delights of managing her Archive. In 2014, Kate Morrell created the exhibition Pots Before Words for Gallery II at the University of Bradford. She drew on the ideas and formats to be found in the collection to develop fascinating new artworks, including this sculpture and “portable toolkit”, Lazy Susan.
In March 2015, we will be delighted to welcome Kate and Lazy Susan back to Bradford. Kate is extending and reflecting on the original project by filming female archaeologists and archivists (using Lazy Susan) to discuss and explore artefacts from their profession. I will be one of the interviewees!
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Tagged Archaeologists, Archives, art, Artists, Gallery II, Jacquetta Hawkes, Kate Morrell, Lazy Susan, Pots Before Words
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!