Quiet Revolutions, a display of ceramic pieces inspired by the lives of Sylvia Townsend Warner and Valentine Ackland, will run from 22 January – 27 March 2022 in the Museum’s Artists’ Dorset gallery, coinciding with February’s LGBT+ History month.
The display of five works by Bristol-based artist Amanda Chambers form an ‘intervention’ within a section of the gallery devoted to the artistic and literary Chaldon Herring community. Novelist Sylvia Townsend Warner (1893-1978) and poet Valentine Ackland (1906-1969) were part of this community, and it was here that they fell in love and became life partners.
Leading a rich life of literary and political pursuits, Sylvia and Valentine lived through an intense period of the 20th century. However, it is largely the domestic sphere of their lives that inform the six ceramic works being displayed. Living openly together in rural Dorset in the early 1930s, Sylvia and Valentine shared a deep-rooted commitment to each other despite extreme challenges – notably the prospect of a three-way relationship with author Elizabeth Wade White, and Valentine’s struggle with alcoholism, which she endured for several decades in secret. The works highlight the immense resilience shown by both women during their partnership.
About the Artist
Amanda Chambers is a multidisciplinary artist, and 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.
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Join us for an opportunity to explore the Museum at this free late opening
Thu 19th May - 5:00pm
This talk explores the exhibition with the help of its key objects from across Europe, including the first loan to Britain of the Nebra sky disc and several important objects kindly loaned to the exhibition by Dorset Museum.
Thu 19th May - 7:00pm
Discovered in the 1930s, one of the best examples of a Roman Town House in England is situated here in Dorchester.
Sat 21st May - 10:30am
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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
Join Tom Sharpe, formerly Curator of Palaeontology and Archives at the National Museum of Wales, and author of ‘The Fossil Woman: A life of Mary Anning’, to examine what we know of the life of this extraordinary woman.
Thu 22nd Sep - 7:00pm