First re:collection at Lyme Regis Museum

Lyme Regis ArtsFest and the Lyme Regis Museum are delighted to launch their first re:collection collaboration, Annie Ward’s exhibition entitled ‘Looking at the Overlooked’, which will run from Saturday 1st December until Sunday 27th January in the Museum’s Rotunda Gallery.

The Penny JarAnnie Ward will be exploring an intriguing theme in a series of paintings and paper objects which draw attention to the people, places or items so easily forgotten or overlooked in the rush of modern life, from Dorset buttons to pickle jars and paper hats.

A newcomer to Lyme, Annie is ‘thrilled that this new Artsfest re:collection initiative has enabled me to show my recent work at the Lyme Regis Museum. Since moving to Dorset I’ve become increasingly fascinated by both local history and also my own family tree. I hope there is something to interest everybody in my work as it celebrates the humble and everyday objects we have around us.’

Paper HatThe exhibition will give visitors a preview of Annie’s work in progress on her re:collection project, ‘Papertrace’. Keenly interested in the history of paper, she was inspired to create a collection of paper-cast objects picked up on beach-combing walks when she learned that what is thought to be the earliest official document in England to be written on paper is about Lyme Regis. This document now lies in the British Museum, and Annie’s ‘Papertrace’ is a way of paying homage to this unique treasure.

As recently announced, re:collection is an ArtsFest-Museum initiative supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and there will be four further re:collection exhibitions running at the Museum’s Rotunda Gallery between February and the start of ArtsFest (21-29 September).

‘Looking at the Overlooked’ is open Wednesdays-Sundays form 11am-4pm, and you can meet the artist at a special preview being held Saturday 1st December from 6-8pm at the Museum, or take part yourself in a workshop with Annie which she is holding on Monday 10th December from 2 – 4pm, again in the Museum.

For details about this workshop, email .

For Museum Christmas opening times, please ring 01297 443370 or visit

For more details about re:collection, email .

Published on 12/12/2012.

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