Gawthorpe Textiles Collection
- Serena Partridge
- Gawthorpe Textiles Collection
- Arts Council England Museum Resilience Fund
The project is part of the Meeting Point programme.
Luminary is inspired by Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth’s life and the textile collection she created, which is on permanent display in her ancestral home Gawthorpe Hall. The exhibition marked the 50th anniversary of her death.
Visual artist Serena Partridge said:
“The pieces I’m creating are inspired by motifs and techniques found in the textile collection, including items made by Miss Rachel herself. My pieces reflect on different stages of Miss Rachel’s life and draw on experiences that left a lasting impact on her and her work.”
For Luminary, Serena explored creating work on a larger scale, integrating a series of embroidered interventions in rooms around Gawthorpe Hall.
- To keep alive Miss Rachel’s radical and pioneering approach to craft
- To raise the collections profile and find new ways to engage local people in the collection
Arts&Heritage is supporting the ten participating museums throughout the process, sharing knowledge of presenting contemporary art projects and commissions in non-traditional art spaces.
A networking event between the participating museums and 70 artists from across the UK took place at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and visits to artists’ studios were arranged. Museum teams also met with peers at other properties to learn how they successfully delivered contemporary art projects at their museums and heritage sites.
All museums developed their own Artist’s Brief. Following the networking event artists were invited to send in an expression of interest to museums that interested therm.
Four artists were shortlisted by each museum to draw up a more detailed proposal and were paid £500 each.
Impact & Budget
- £10,000 to include all materials, travel and installation costs
- £1000 towards learning and outreach
- £500 paid to each of four artists shortlisted
Serena Partridge (b. 1974, North Devon) studied Design Crafts at Hereford College of Arts and is currently based at Crescent Arts in Scarborough. Recent exhibitions include: Show me your Craft, Nääs Konsthantverk, Sweden (2017); Portrait of a Lady, Chawton House Library, Hampshire (2016); Accessories ~ Charlotte Great and Small, Bronté Parsonage Museum, West Yorkshire (2016) and Serena Partridge at Nunnington Hall, National Trust, nr York (2015). She has been Artist in Residence at a number of locations including: The Royal Pump Room Museum, Harrogate; Notre Dame Learning Community, Glasgow; Irvine Royal Academy, Ayrshire and Scalloway Booth, Shetland Isles.