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.
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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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!
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.
Who am I? What am I? Can anyone help?
We found this image of a rather winsome creature in the Jacquetta Hawkes Archive. He was loose in a file of archaeological correspondence minus any kind of information. We like him very much and would love to know more about him. We think he may be a boar. Any suggestions welcome!
Delighted to hear that the BBC Radio 3 programme about Jacquetta Hawkes, which featured the Archive and me, will be repeated in August (Saturday 3rd). I thought it was a really interesting exploration of Jacquetta’s life, work and place in history – very rewarding to be involved with it.
We’re working on a major exhibition on Jacquetta and landscape for this autumn – a very exciting opportunity to bring her work to larger audiences than could ever visit the Archive! More details soon …