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Museum collection inspires artist’s latest work


WARRINGTON Museum & Art Gallery is playing a starring role in a brand new exhibition.

Hannah Leighton-Boyce’s latest solo exhibition Dreaming of Dead Fish was created after the Manchester-based artist carried out research in Warrington Museum and Art Gallery’s archives; it consists of a series of newly-commissioned works using un-accessioned items in the museum collection, through glass, soot, slide film and projection.

She said: “It has been a fantastic experience spending time within Warrington Museum, exploring the archives and working with the collections team, it’s a wonderful place”.

“The experience has informed my studio practice and decisions in the development and installation of this new work.”

This new body of work, commissioned by Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival with funding from Arts Council England, has been inspired by items in the museum’s ephemera collection.

She added: “Encounters and conversations with Warrington Museum’s collection led me to explore themes of visibility and reflection, translated through the relationship between the works and their considered display within the gallery environment. The materials and processes I chose to use act like a series of extended moments and pauses.”

Hannah’s works range from site-specific and ephemeral actions, to drawing, sound and installation, and her working methods combine material and process-led exploration with present day and archival research.

She explores place, object and body relations through themes of surface and erasure, embodiment and connectivity.

Visibility, separation and embodiment have fed into Hannah’s research and studio practice.

Listings information

Exhibition title: Hannah Leighton-Boyce – Dreaming of Dead Fish

Dates: Please note this exhibition is only open during selected times – Saturday 29 September – Saturday 27 October 2018(Wednesday to Saturday only)

Times: 12pm-4pm

Admission: Free

Location: Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, Museum Street, Warrington, WA1 1JB



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