Join us for this special LGBT+ History month online talk on art and writing inspired by the lives of writers and partners Sylvia Townsend Warner and Valentine Ackland.
Bristol-based artist Amanda Chambers discusses the inspiration and creative process behind ceramic pieces displayed in the exhibition Quiet Revolutions, on display at Dorset Museum from 22 January – 27 March 2022.
Frances Bingham talks about researching in Dorset Museum for her biography Valentine Ackland: A Transgressive Life, and the archive created by Sylvia Townsend Warner as a memorial to her life-long relationship with Valentine Ackland. The talk will explore Valentine’s life and work, focusing on her Dorset connections, the two women writers’ partnership, and the art that they continue to inspire. Frances will be joined by her partner, lettering artist Liz Mathews, who will discuss her work with Valentine’s poems.
Amanda Chambers is a multidisciplinary artist. The primary focus of her work is making connections to the past through an exploration of both found material and imaginary concepts. She is often stimulated by textual and archival sources and has worked with some of the most significant museum collections in the UK. She is an Academician at the Royal West of England Academy and a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors. Her interest in Warner and Ackland began in 2013, and in 2014 she produced a series of works inspired by their lives.
Frances Bingham is a London-based freelance writer who works across the literary spectrum, focusing on gender-transgressive lives like her own. As well as editing Journey from Winter: Selected Poems of Valentine Ackland, and writing the biography Valentine Ackland: A Transgressive Life, she’s published fiction, plays and poetry including a novel, The Principle of Camouflage; The Blue Hour of Natalie Barney, produced at Arcola Theatre London; Comrade Ackland and I, broadcast on BBC Radio 4; the epic poem MOTHERTONGUE and London Panopticon: a city incantation (both with images by Liz Mathews).
Liz Mathews is a lettering artist and studio potter with works in major public collections including The British Library and The National Library of Scotland. In 2008 her residency installation at the Southbank Centre’s National Poetry Library explored Valentine Ackland’s poetry collection bequest. Her monumental artist’s book Thames to Dunkirk was a key piece in Writing Britain, the British Library’s 2012 exhibition for the Cultural Olympiad, and her work is featured in the Treasures Gallery exhibit The Art of the Book.
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Join us for an opportunity to explore the Museum at this free late opening
Thu 19th May - 5:00pm
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Thu 19th May - 7:00pm
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Sat 21st May - 10:30am
and 3 future schedules
The largest collection of Thomas Hardy objects ever displayed at one time
Sat 28th May - All day
Model theatre-making based on Hardy's novels and the model by Thomas Tilley for the Hardy Players in the Hardy's Dorset Gallery.
Tue 31st May - 10:00am
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