Working on Thackray Uncovered has made me reflect on my love of museums and why I respond to archives and create my own collections of objects. A place that has played a big part in my story is Whitby Museum which houses collections including the natural world, shipping and textiles. Nestled in the beautiful Pannett Park the museum is a must for anyone visiting Whitby for a day trip or a holiday.
My childhood holidays were spent in Whitby and as an adult I visit on a monthly basis to take time out from the studio and explore the beaches collecting objects for projects like Time & Tide. I always find something to inspire in the museum and each time I visit I see something new.
In 2016 I contacted the curator to explore the possibility of working with the museum, responding to their collection and exhibiting the finished works in the museum’s temporary exhibition space. Last week I travelled to Whitby to meet with Alison and discuss my ideas in more detail.
I took along samples of my work so that Alison could get an idea of the work I produce, I love the images of my work but textiles are such an emotive medium that looking and handling them is a must.
The meeting was also a chance for me to look around the museum and visit some of my favourite objects from the collection.
Alison loved my initial ideas, creating work responding to the collection, offering a couple of workshops to draw visitors to the museum and working as artist in residence for a few weeks in 2018. I will hear back in a few weeks whether the museum trustee’s are happy with the plans so I’m stitching with my fingers crossed in the studio until I hear back!