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The Return of Lazy Susan

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.

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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Jerwood Drawing Prize 2014

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!

Reading the Fragments: review of Pots before Words

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: exhibition Spring 2014

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 Artist in the Archive: welcoming Kate Morrell

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

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.

Overlooked: exploring the outsider artist

Jacquetta’s biographer Dr Christine Finn is curating an exhibition called Overlooked in her home town of Deal, from 22-30 June. The exhibition, part of the Love Architecture festival, reflects on outsider art through all kinds of activities. It is centred on Dr Finn’s family home, now an art space..

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Bird House, photograph by Christine Finn

Bleached Bone and Living Wood

Not a story directly about Jacquetta Hawkes, yet I think there are echoes of her interests.  Dr Christine Finn recently broadcast about a house transformed into a work of art.   The poet Wilfred Owen wrote his last letter to his family  in the cellar of a forester’s house in Ors in Northern France on 31 October 1918.  He was killed on the 4th.  The house is now a tribute to Owen’s life and poetry.  For pictures and more, see the Radio 4 page about the broadcast, which is currently available on the iPlayer.