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MEETING PLACE - Contemporary Art and the Museum Collection - Curated by Stephanie James

Date: Sepember 2007 - March 2008

Exhibition Type: A collaborative exhibition

MEETING PLACE - CONTEMPORARY ART AND THE MUSEUM COLLECTION A COLLABORATIVE EXHIBITION BETWEEN TEXT+WORK AND RUSSELL–COTES ART GALLERY & MUSEUM CURATED BY STEPHANIE JAMES

TEXT+WORK, THE GALLERY, THE ARTS INSTITUTE AT BOURNEMOUTH 10 SEPTEMBER - 20 OCTOBER 2007 AND RUSSELL–COTES ART GALLERY & MUSEUM 27 SEPTEMBER 2007 – 2 MARCH 2008

The exhibition runs over the two sites

MEETING PLACE signifies the place where contemporary art intertacts with the museum collection. The motivation behind the exhibition is to provide a platform for the ‘meeting’of two art institutions in Bournemouth: the Arts Institute at Bournemouth, in conjunction with the gallery’s text+work programme, and the Russell–Cotes Art Gallery & Museum. The exhibition is curated by Stephanie James.

MEETING PLACE invited artists and designers to create artwork in response to the unique and varied collections in the Russell–Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, and exhibit the work for a period of five months. The artworks take any form: art, design and/or media; they are the realisations of ideas developed through research in the collection and dialogue with the museum staff. The exhibition is of particular significance because the artists are responding to the uniqueness of the museum’s fabric and collections, both individually, and collectively, by using new media.

The purpose of the exhibition is to commune with the artefacts, the spaces, cabinets and other furniture, and to respond to actual and imaginary events, both personal and private, historical and recent. The resulting artwork creates a new perspective on the Russell –Cotes Art Gallery & Museum by framing it in the realm of the contemporary. The exhibition heralds the beginning of a new chapter for the Russell–Cotes Art Gallery & Museum to engage and extend new audiences and to nurture fresh new talent.

There are three existing models on which the project is based; Time Machine: Ancient Egypt and Contemporary Art at the British Museum (1994); Retrace Your Steps: Remember Tomorrow at the Soane Museum (2001), and Give and Take at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Serpentine Gallery (2001). Today’s museum curators are often called collection and heritage managers. They are constantly striving to develop new ways of bringing to life the cultural heritage represented within the museum by using performance, music, story telling, workshops, and contemporary art.

Many of our major museums have invited in contemporary artists to respond to their collections. Time Machine in the Egyptian galleries at the British Museum in 1994 was one of the first times a museum engaged in a collaboration of that scale. The exhibition set out to change the notion that the British Museum and its ancient Egyptian artefacts are stagnant remnants of the past by engaging contemporary artists to place work alongside and in amongst the artefacts.

Artists/Writers: Liam Birtles, Roy Brown, Les Buckingham, Eric Butcher, Tim Edgar, Christian Edwardes, David Evans and Yuya Nitta, Julia Flatman, Simón Granell, Mike Griffiths, Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva, Tom Hall, Anne-Marie Howat, Jim Hunter, Stephanie James, Julie Marsh, Mark Orton, Lisa Richardson, Jackie Sarafopoulos, Dominic Shepherd, Debra Swann, Peter Symons, Jared Wood.

Discussion Forums As part of the opening events, the MEETING PLACE curators Stephanie James and Jackie Sarafopoulos have invited Les Buckingham, Director of the Millais Gallery, Southampton Solent University, and Professor Simon Olding, Director of the Crafts Study Centre, University College for the Creative Arts, to join them in a discussion on the site and context of the heritage sector in relation to the artist, to contemporary art, and to education. The speakers will probe into the history and conventions of the museum, explore the intertwinement of the museum collection and contemporary art, and enquire into the museum’s role as an educational resource.

IMAGES DISPLAYED ON THIS PAGE - © Russell Cotes Art Gallery & Museum / James Philip Howe

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