Bummock: Tennyson Research Centre

Bracey, Andrew, Maier, Danica and Bennet, Sarah (2022) Bummock: Tennyson Research Centre. [Event, Show or Exhibition]

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Item Type:Event, Show or Exhibition
Item Status:Live Archive

Abstract

The Collection Museum presents an exhibition by artists Sarah Bennett, Andrew Bracey and Danica Maier, which is the culmination of a long-term artistic research project at the Tennyson Research Centre, Lincoln (TRC).

The TRC is considered the most significant collection in the world relating to Lord Alfred Tennyson, housing a wealth of information and material on the Lincolnshire-born poet. Over four years the artists have explored the archive, examining and responding to what they refer to as the 'Bummock’ - a term used to describe the large part of an iceberg hidden beneath the surface of the sea. Processes used in the research and making of new artworks will allow underexplored aspects of an archive to be brought into public view; for the ‘bummock’ to become the ‘tip’.

The three artists have created new artworks motivated by their research into the unseen and often undervalued parts of the archive, including intriguing content relating to the wider Tennyson family. Shown alongside the artworks will be the objects and related stories from the archive that inspired them.

Bennett's research in the Tennyson archive has generated a series of new artworks that explore both ‘viewing’ and ‘access’ in the context of the archive's systems and processes. Her work focuses on accounts of various illness suffered by Tennyson’s immediate family, and the medications and therapies used as treatments during the nineteenth century. She has also investigated the situation of the female Tennysons who were excluded from a university education, unlike their male counterparts.

The catalysts for Bracey’s artworks were the jottings and drawings in the miniature notebooks of Alfred and Emily Tennyson’s eldest son, Hallam. His woodblock prints recreate selected pages to focus attention onto these unique visual records. This gives a fascinating and alternative insight into the upbringing and daily life of Tennyson’s children specifically and Victorian life in general.

Maier’s work arises out of her interest in Alfred Tennyson’s great niece Fryn (Winifred) Tennyson Jesse. A noted and pioneering writer in her own right, Jesse is now little known beyond her great-uncle’s legacy. Inspired by the materials on Fryn found in the archive, Maier has created work in a variety of mediums, including drawing, embroidery and live readings, which look at Fryn’s work and her personal relationships through the lens of Maier’s own family narratives.

This exhibition forms part of a wider research project, 'Bummock: Artists in Archives' led by Danica Maier and Andrew Bracey, which is investigating, researching and using unseen parts of archives as catalysts for new art works

Keywords:art, art and archives, archives, Tennyson, exhibition, Controlled Rummage
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Fine Arts)
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ID Code:48372
Deposited On:04 May 2022 10:53

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