Monthly Archives: January 2015
Another week and another brand new exhibition for you. This time round, a series of collaborative art works made by school pupils from across north Cumbria. I was blown away by the quality and variety of the work when I first saw them all installed so I encourage you to come and see what I’m talking about. To give a little more background to this fascinating project, the co-ordinator Anna has written this week’s blog for us:
Our latest exhibition in THe Shed opened – Great Art Quest! In September 2014, Tullie House was selected as one of four organisations to take part in The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Art’s national ‘Great Art Quest’ programme. Great Art Quest aims to get children inspired by their local gallery and for our project we worked with 88 Year 5 & 6 pupils from five local primary schools: Alston Primary School, Kirkby Thore Primary School, Morland Area C of E Primary School, Nenthead Primary School, Newtown Community Primary School.
The schools explored the Fine Art collection in Old Tullie House, from paintings and printed textiles to sculpture and metalwork. The visit was facilitated by local artist Karen MacDougall and storyteller Ian Douglas. Working over a number of sessions at school, Karen helped the children produce large scale art works inspired by three common themes that they drew from their visit to Tullie House: landscape, people and stories. The pieces include a sculpture of Dixon’s Chimney made out of wooden printing blocks, a two metre long woven hanging and a life-sized wire model of a lady covered in a carpet of flowers! Ian worked with the children on physical and verbal responses to the work, including riddles, short stories and recordings of the ‘thoughts’ of elements of the landscapes. He has also worked with the children to create short performances that explore some of the themes of their pieces.
Installation was remarkably stress free, mainly due to the expertise of Cathy and Eloise! Here are a few photos from the installation, with Cathy mid-staple,
Karen constructing Dixon’s Chimney
and one of the finished pieces – a mobile made from metal foil featuring answers to riddles created by pupils from Alston & Nenthead!
The exhibition will be on display until Saturday 14th Feburary, we hope to see you there.
Earlier this week, Georgie Clough opened her first Tullie House exhibition in THe Shed to great interest. The Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Penrith pupil has already received great acclaim nationally. Georgie and her exhibition is described by our colleague and Young People Co-ordinator Catherine:
‘Georgie won a national competition which resulted in her art work featuring in an exhibition at the National Gallery and an appearance on The One Show. She is a very talented young artist, and I hope that you all get a chance to take a look at her pictures.
We had a lovely celebration event this evening [Monday 19 January the pictures are included below], attended by Mike Zeller from Radio Cumbria who will run a piece about THe Shed at about 8.55 tomorrow morning. The exhibition has also had two nice write-ups in the Cumberland News and Carlisle Living if you get a chance to see them.’
If you are a young artist in Cumbria, and would like to share your artwork with us too, please contact Catherine through email@example.com
As this work was installed it meant that the Video Shed was wheeled into store again for a few weeks. Thank you everyone who made a video, we had over 60 in total. I’m currently revewing them, and all that we can show, we will show on the television screen in THe Shed. So come and see the who made it!
If we cast our minds back to the sparkly events of last month, Geoff our guest blogger, tells us how the festive spirit was alive and well at Tullie House. Great job everyone! Over to you Geoff…
Christmas has come and gone and some of us may well breathe a huge sigh of relief. To me, it all seems a long time ago however Making a ‘Festive Exhibition of Yourself only came down last Monday.
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Today was the first Tullie Time Travellers of the New Year, we started the session by taking a last look around our War Games exhibition, which closes tomorrow, and then we headed up to THe Shed, to look at the new ‘Come Tek a Deek’ exhibition.
THe Shed is the gallery up on our Border Galleries, and ‘Come Tek a Deek’ has been put together by our Community Engagement Officer and 5 Carlisle based sports clubs, Northbank FC, Carlisle Rifle Club, Border Wheelers Cycling Club, Carlisle Cricket Club and Carlisle United.
We explored the exhibition, learning about the stories behind the objects on display, like how a Northbank player once held the world record for the longest headed goal scored and that George V visited Carlisle Cricket Club at Edenside in 1917.
We also took a good look at the Trophy Cabinet which holds some of the trophies our clubs and their members have won, some of them dating back to 1880!
Before we left THe Shed we took the opportunity to record our thoughts about the question of ‘What object do you think represents Carlisle in 2015?’ in the video shed, being the Time Travellers we had to do this together obviously!
After our visit to THe Shed we headed back to the Community Room and came up with some of our own games to start filling up our new trophy the ‘Tullie Shield’.
The games included:
Bowling (won by Burt, with an amazing 50 points after scoring 3 strikes out of 3!)
Cup and Ball (won by Leon, after we stopped counting once he reached 25 catches in a row!)
… and Throw the Bean Bag at Jill (won by Charlotte, when a well placed rebound hit my arm for 50 points!)
Lots of fun was had all round, and hopefully we can come up with a few more challenges to fill up the ‘Tullie Shield’. Don’t forget the next TTTs is on Saturday 7th February!
Tullie Time Travellers is our group for 7-13 year olds, we meet once a month – for more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org