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The Object is Alive

Matthew Darbyshire, Giles Round & Mike Cooter

The Object is Alive is working with artists Matthew Darbyshire, Giles Round and Mike Cooter, commissioned to develop new work engaging with the collections at Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery,  New Walk Museum (Leicester) and Derby Museum and Art Gallery respectively.

This project is influenced by the work of Polish artist and theatre maker Tadeusz Kantor, who was interested in the role and status of the object and by the research being undertaken by Dr Dan Watt, Programme Leader for Drama at Loughborough University. Each of the three exhibitions will actively explore the role of the object, as discussed in Kantor’s writing and artistic outputs, identifying and responding to different aspects of his work.

Matthew’s exhibition (28 January – 14 May 2017) reimagined twelve objects from Nottingham Castle’s collections – including 20th century studio pottery, modernist sculpture and even a grenade from the Regimental Museum. By playing with scale and devising new materials and techniques, including experimenting with different concrete formulas, Matthew created a series of new works exclusively for the Castle.

The project is a collaboration between Radar and Nottingham Castle Museum, Derby Museum and Art Gallery and New Walk Museum and has been financially supported by Henry Moore Foundation and Arts Council England.

Images: Freddy Griffiths | Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery
Artworks: Matthew Darbyshire | Herald Street

Past Events:

Exhibition, The Object is Alive: Matthew Darbyshire
28 January – 14 May, 2017
Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery

Artist talk and gallery tour with Matthew Darbyshire

25 February 2017, 2-3.30pm
Matthew Darbyshire led a talk about his practice and the influence of Kantor upon his new sculptures and was joined by collection curators who provided in-depth information about the objects chosen by the artist.

Tadeusz Kantor and The Object is Alive with Dr. Emily LaBarge
4 March 2017, 2-3.30pm
Dr. Emily LaBarge presented an illustrated talk based on her essay for The Object is Alive examining the work of both Kantor and Matthew Darbyshire.


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