New publication: Pretty Sparkie! – (Re)presenting an Animal Celebrity

I still haven’t decided if I actually enjoy academic writing or not. My own ponderings aside, I have some publication news! For anyone interested in the representation of working class identity in the North East, and/or the cultural identity of natural history specimens, I have written an article for this recently published book concerning the social history of Sparkie the Budgie from the former Hancock Museum, (now Great North Museum: Hancock), UK. The publication can be purchased in digital and printed formats here, huzzah!

https://www.transcript-verlag.de/en/978-3-8376-3865-3/objektivitaet-und-imagination/

Back at it in… You and Me, Dean Clough

This have been pretty quiet recently, mostly owing to work and all the crazy events I have been helping to organise and run in Hebden Bridge. Dull is one thing that Hebden is not!

I am delighted to have a number of self portrait works currently on display at Dean Clough Mills Link Gallery as part of Ian Taylor’s recent foray into (re)presenting self portraits.

Bizarre as ever, the exhibition is entitled You and Me and runs from 9th June – 14th July 2018.

 

 

 

 

Literally celebrating a new chapter

My article entitled: ‘The Animals went in two by two’ (pp. 184-197) in ‘Museum Storage and Meaning: Tales from the Crypt’ (Routledge Research in Museum Studies) is now published! This and starting a new job earlier in the month mean it has certainly been a busy few weeks.

It’s always nice to get hold of an actual copy, and mine arrived this morning. Here’s a photo of Mr. heirloom modelling it. 

Museum Storage and Meaning is available to purchase around the world, both from Routledge and from third party sellers, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble (US) and Blackwells (UK). It is available in Hardback (978-1-138-06597-0), and eBook formats (various ISBNs). The eBook is available from the Amazon Kindle Store, Apple iBook Store and from our partner eBook provider, VitalSource.

After the Flood: Calderdale Museums

I’ve recently moved into a new job at Hebden Bridge Town Hall, and so I thought I’d make a little post on the last exhibition (for now!) that I curated for Calderdale Museums.

The exhibition featured a series of photographs by Mike Bentley who has documented the demolition and rebuilding of Elland Bridge following the devastation of the Boxing Day floods, 2015. It is on until 11th November, so there’s still plenty of time to catch it!

Coming soon to Dean Clough Halifax

We have been a little quiet of late working behind the scenes on our next exhibition, but we are now happy to announce:

(no, not the birth of our beautiful baby *insert gender*, mother is doing fine yadda yadda)… but, INSTIGATE: EXCHANGE… a few rules (still)

is coming soon to Dean Clough Mills, Halifax, where we will be showing the next instalment of our collaborative adventure.

Join us from 12 noon on Saturday 17th June for the private view, including a free preview tipple or two!

Hope to see you there, Ebony & Ian xx

 

Preview video of INSTIGATE : EXCHANGE at The Wishbone Gallery

Thank you to everyone who came to our preview on the 14th January, and thank you to gallery owners David and Carine for all their help! For those who couldn’t make it (or didn’t fancy bracing the the Winter North Yorkshire temperatures!) remember that the show continues until the 26th March, so there’s still plenty of time to have a look and let us know what you think.

Grassington Preview

It’s been a week since our  exhibition preview at The Wishbone, big thanks to all of those who came! We had a great day, and sold a few pieces to some lovely people too. The show is on until 26th March, so there’s still plenty of time to catch it! I’ll upload some images of the (very) new works to this site soon, so watch this space!

Upcoming exhibition – INSTIGATE : EXCHANGE ….a few rules (still)

The cat is out of the bag! Our next instalment of INSTIGATE: EXCHANGE will be at Wishbone Gallery, Grassington in the new year. Where we will be showing a collection of works from the exchange project we have been working on for over two years – including several brand new pieces! All will be for sale. The preview is on the 14th January, and the show runs until March, so plenty of time to pop in. We hope to see you there!

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