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The Object is Alive
Matthew Darbyshire  

Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery
28 January – 14 May 2017

The Object is Alive
has invited British artist Matthew Darbyshire to develop a new exhibition that actively engages with Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery and its collection, and is influenced by the work of Polish artist and theatre maker Tadeusz Kantor, who was interested in the role and status of the object.  Matthew has reimagined 12 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, he has created a series of new works exclusively for the Castle.

This is the first in a series of exhibitions whose impetus was the research being undertaken by Dr Dan Watt, Programme Leader for Drama at Loughborough University. The exhibitions will actively explore the role of object as discussed in Kantor’s writing and artistic outputs, identifying and responding to different aspects of his work. Matthew’s exhibition will be followed by Mike Cooter working with New Walk Museum, Leicester (November 2017 to January 2018) and Giles Round at Derby Museum and Art Gallery (16 March to the 1 July 2018).

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.

Associated Events:

Artist talk and gallery tour with Matthew Darbyshire
Saturday 25 February 2017, 2-3.30pm - FREE*
Project Lab, Nottingham Castle

Matthew Darbyshire will give an enlightening talk about his practice and the influence of Kantor upon his new sculptures.  He will also be joined by collection curators who will give more information about the objects he has selected, and then afterwards Matthew will lead a guided tour of the exhibition.

*Normal entry charges apply
Booking essential > TO BOOK, CLICK HERE

Tadeusz Kantor and The Object is Alive with Dr. Emily LaBarge
Saturday 4 March 2017, 2-3.30pm - FREE*

Project Lab, Nottingham Castle
Dr. Emily LaBarge will present an illustrated talk based on her essay for The Object is Alive that examines the work of both Kantor and Darbyshire.

Emily LaBarge is a writer and researcher based in London. She has a PhD in Critical Writing in Art & Design from the Royal College of Art, where she is visiting lecturer. Amongst other publications, she contributes to esse arts + opinions (Montreal), The Photographers’ Gallery and The Cambridge Humanities Review. 

*Normal entry charges apply
Booking essential > TO BOOK, CLICK HERE

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


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