It was our last, for the time being , very full day of art making at the Royal Engineers Museum. It was all hands to the deck to add final splashes of paint, cast a few fingers, dust off the terracotta barbed wire, re-visit the museum collections and incredibly come up with yet more ideas! Päivi Seppälä from LV21 visited us, checking up on the competition we think. LV21 and the Making More group are joining us and the River Voice Choir on Saturday 23rd May as part of Voluntary Arts Week – details will follow.
We also looked at ARTEFACT, the current exhibition in the Open Gallery where we will exhibit ‘Through Our Eyes’. ARTEFACT is a group show by artists Malcolm Attryde, Laurie Harpum, Victoria Hayman and Marissa Mardon, it is their response to the collections at the Royal Engineers Museum. Much like our own the art is a mixture of sculpture, painting and three dimensional mixed media. As we viewed the show we were each clutching a gift from Laurie Harpum, a ceramic ‘ubique’ – I’ll let you search out the meanings and pronunciation – however from Laurie “the ceramic pieces are ‘ubiques’. They are mixed into the concrete in two of the pieces, symbolising the physical remains I saw of the Royal Engineers on Sheppey, the pill boxes being lost to the undergrowth and gun emplacements tumbling out of the cliffs. Ubique is Latin for everywhere and is the shortened version of the Royal Engineers moto which I think is ‘everywhere that duty and valour lead'”. Everyone was extremely positive, intrigued by the work and impressed with the layout and hanging of the show. We realise we have a curating issue to contend with!
Visit ARTEFACT by Malcolm Attryde, Laurie Harpum, Victoria Hayman and Marissa Mardon at the Open Gallery, Royal Engineers Museum, Gillingham. 18th March – 12th April
Follow the links for more information on the artists taking part in ARTEFACT