The Sixteen ACE-Supported re:collection Projects

The following 16 projects were key elements in ArtsFest’s successful bid for £30,000 for its re:collection initiative and are ‘supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.’ The results of these projects will be on display at ArtsFest 2013 (21-29 Sept), and five of the below artists are curating their own preview exhibitions at the Museum’s Rotunda Gallery between Dec 2012 and Sept 2013 (see re:collection page on

CAROLINE BARNES: Contemporary Souvenirs - Re-interpreting the idea of a souvenir, what it might look like, what messages it might convey and how it could be produced. As a ceramicist working with transfer decoration I am keen to look at how the graphic qualities of past typefaces, stylised imagery on souvenirs and memorabilia can be reinterpreted and combined with contemporary images and messages onto new ceramics.

PAT CAMPBELL: Western Women - Lyme Regis was an important port on the side of the Parliamentarians in the Civil War. Of particular interest to me is the fact that so many of the townswomen were involved in defending Lyme Regis during the siege of 1644. For re:collection I would like to produce a piece of work in 2D which tells this particular story in an interesting and accessible way.

RONNIE CRESWELL: Twelve Months Below the Town Dump - I am planning to develop the process of collecting from a given spot over a period of time, using monthly visits to the beach below the Old Town Dump during which photographs will be taken and items collected to record what is going on there over the year. At the end of the year an installation will be put together – the style and materials being a response to what has been found.

JIM DAVIDSON: Lyme Regis Then and Now - To produce a contemporary photographic interpretation, using primarily analogue (darkroom) techniques, of Lyme Regis and its surrounding area, inspired by photographs, drawings and prints to be found in the museum. It is intended that the book will include reproductions of my work, and of the images that provided their inspiration.

ILSA FATT: Fossil - A pair of necklaces based on the Museum's bissected dinosaur coprolite and irridescent ammonite. Both pieces would be made from my own flame-worked glass beads, with possibly some woven beadwork to complement the glass. The project will make me work with a particular object rather than absorb influences at random and stretch me technically in creating iridescent effects in glass.

ILSA FATT: Victoriana - A pair of woven beadwork collars based on the Museum's Honiton lace pieces and the 19th century beaded purse and round pots of tiny seed beads. In connection with the beaded purse, I like the idea that I am using the same technique, with the same tools (ie needle, thread, and tiny glass beads) as that used two hundred-odd years ago in the piece on display in the museum.

MAISIE HILL: Miniature by Moonlight - Inspired by the small format of a photograph in a locket, I realised that a lot of the museum experience involves looking into a cabinet or object to see the finer details. My response is to produce some artwork—photos of Lyme Bay in moonlight—that has to be opened to be viewed and is small enough to take along with you, shared rather than revered.

MAISIE HILL: Emerging Rubbish - As a regular walker along beach I love finding the rubbish, especially glass bottles, being exposed by the landslips. Equally inspiring is the landscape that they are appearing from: the moving ground and the very first plants and insects to live in the newly formed land. Combined with a prehistoric atmosphere. The end result will be a set of 5 or 7 framed photographs.

CAROLYN KING: The Fish Lizard of Lyme (A Little Tale That’s Told in Rhyme) - I propose to produce an illustrated children's book based on my performance-poem of the Ichthyosaur and how it came to Lyme Regis, as seen from the Ichthyosaur's point of view. This project developed from the large mirror-mosaic Ichthyosaur I created for the Museum at ArtsFest 2009. I will now complete the project as a performance piece and as a book with more illustrations.

KEITH ROBINSON: The Dinosaur Collector (Working title) - I am developing an illustrated children’s book, inspired by the museum’s wonderful idiosyncratic architecture and eclectic collection. In the story, two children find out that they have inherited a museum. In a secret room, they learn the secrets of time travel. I will conduct workshops with local children to test/refine my ideas, exploring the imaginative possibilities of the Museum’s collection.

GAIL SAGMAN: The Great and the Small In the Museum, above a model of the local landmass is a signpost saying: ‘Annapurna, Himalayas, 4,500 miles.’ The connection between Lyme and the grandeur of the Himalayas is Blue Lias: a strata of sequential limestone and shale layers laid down 200 million years ago, that reaches beyond the shores of this little island to Nepal. This project envisages a celebration of ‘The Great and The Small’ in which the geological link of Blue Lias becomes both a metaphor and a map that relates the personal and local to the wider world, to universal themes. Ideas from cultural geography will be explored and works will be created in literature, music, art and performance.

SARAH THOMAS: Bathing Machine - I intend to take the Museum into the town by creating a mini museum within a fully functioning Bathing Machine, similar to those found on the beach at Lyme Regis during the 18th and 19th centuries. The machine will be both a sculptural piece and an installation space, where the public will view artefacts created by me and by local young people during workshops.

SARAH THOMAS: Deck Chairs - This project takes the Museum outdoors by creating deck chairs—the staple of the seaside landscape—whose fabrics depict themes from Lyme’s history. The deck chairs will be sculp-tural interventions taking inspiration from and referencing both Lyme’s tourist industry and historical events/people, the fabrics created in workshops with young local people.

ANNIE WARD: Papertrace - Inspired by the rubbish tip display–items of low status collected, catalogued and presented to the public as having value—I will collect a ‘significant’ object on weekly walks over a year. Referencing traditional methods of taxonomy, archiving and the paper trail attached to museum artefacts, I will create a delicate paper impression of each find before ‘archiving’ the original, out of sight in a storage box, and entering it in a catalogue. The exhibition piece will consist of 52 ‘Papertraces’ of the finds, referring to the ephemeral nature of what we choose to collect and display.

LYNDA WHITE: The Great Wave of China - I intend to preserve in resin blocks the “treasure” of coloured pieces of broken china and sea-washed glass that I pick up from beachcombing. The objective is to create a large piece that is made up of individual blocks which can be bought at low cost so visitors can take away a small artefact encapsulating fragments of the daily lives of a previous generation.

DAVE WICKEN: The Great Lyme Regis Landslip of 2013 - I hope to reconstruct one of the engravings on show in the museum of the Great Landslip of 1839, blending elements from a lot of new photographs of chalk cliffs etc, complete with on-lookers. I would then add in some famous Lyme landmarks such as the Three Cups and the museum, teetering on the edge or slipping into the chasms.

Published on 30/11/2012.

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