March the 3rd marked the unveiling of a heritage art show that we took part in called Behind the Wall based on the history of the Caton Road building now used by Standfast & Barracks. The project was dreamt up by Mirador and was partly ACE funded. We contributed with five other artists including Michael Brennan Wood, Darren Andrews, Carolyn Bartlett, Katie Duxbury, Jon Randall and Adam Clarke all of whom brought their own interpretation of the site to the exhibition.
The building is now a print and dye works but has had numerous uses over the years including wagon works, temporary army billet in WWI and a POW camp and has an impressive clock tower designed by Edward Paley. We decided to recreate the clock tower as a time machine, the idea being that you dress up in period costume provided and climb inside the clock tower and off you go back in time! We also made 3D Clock Tower model kits which are available in the museum shop.
The locker room houses the costumes and the pigeon holes piece compartmentalises the various times and uses. We had access to Standfast’s beautiful pattern archives which we incorporated.
The show is made up of very individual site responsive pieces including Standfast in Minecraft, period costume made from contemporary printed fabrics, embroidery, photography and film and is interspersed with swathes of fabric printed with the historical timeline.
The exhibition is free, on until May 1st and you can come along to a free Clock Tower model making workshop for families on March 25th 11- 3pm at Lancaster Museum.
Latest diorama box pieces.
Would love to have traveled to the big smoke to see this wonderful diorama at the Museum of London.
“The acclaimed creative director, curator and set designer, Simon Costin, has created a playful and contemporary window installation inspired by the Dickens and London exhibition. The view of the City Gallery from street level on London Wall will be transformed into a fantastical wintry vision of 19th century London.
Costin has created a magical and sprawling, blackened cardboard city, with winding alleys and shop fronts. At night hundreds of tiny LED lights will illuminate street lamps and the murky windows of the city.
Simon said: ‘My intention is to create a fantasy vision of London as it would have been glimpsed by Dickens on his nocturnal wanderings through the city. His essays are extremely evocative and I am using the text as my starting point and things will grow and develop from there. He has said that he felt like a child in a dream, ‘staring at the marvellousness of everything’. It is that marvellousness that I want to recreate’.” Museum of London