Andrew Bracey and Danica Maier's journal article in TEXTILE: Cloth and Culture on the project Bummock: The Lace Archive, which has just been made available online prior to print next year.
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This article focuses on the research of three artistic researchers working within the Lace Archive at Nottingham Trent University. The discussion will centre around an artist residency, which utilized the Lace Archive as the starting point for the development of new artwork that was exhibited at Backlit Gallery, Nottingham and subsequent tour. Focus and discussion fall on the development of a new working methodology called the “controlled rummage.” The article highlights the “Bummock ethos” that utilizes the strengths within the act of seeking the unknown from a starting point of “not knowing.” Also examined is what has been learnt from the project within the Lace Archive toward establishing the framework and methodology for the wider project, Bummock: New Artistic Responses to Unseen Parts of the Archive.
Kathrine Townsend has published a review of the Lace Archive Symnpoiusm in the Textile Journal of Cloth & Culture as part of a special edition focusing on Lace: Missing Persons and Hidden Heritages in European Lace Making, Volume 18, 2020.
“Reflections on Bummock” explored and expanded upon issues arising from the residency and exhibition, Bummock: The Lace Archive, held at Backlit Gallery, Nottingham, in 2018. The symposium reflected on the work of three artists, Andrew Bracey, Danica Maier, and Lucy Renton, and how they spent two-and-a-half years researching the Lace Archive held at Nottingham Trent University to catalyze the creation of new artworks. “Bummock,” which refers to the large part of an iceberg hidden beneath the surface of the sea, was adopted by the artists as a heuristic device to explore unseen or undervalued parts of archives to generate new readings, knowledge, and responses. Discussions included the artists’ development of a “controlled rummaging” methodology to select items, and how the exhibited outcomes illustrated “the flipping of the bummock” to reveal the underside of the archive. The resulting artworks were idiosyncratic, referencing historical lace objects through traces of supplementary documentation, as opposed to replicating the more seductive, esthetic characteristics of the textile. Invited speakers Amanda Briggs-Goode, Deborah Dean, Sian Vaughan, and Pennina Barnett contributed alternative insights to working with the materials (and politics) of archives, based on their experiences as, respectively, a custodian, curator, historian, and writer.
You can find access to the full article: here
Constance Howard Gallery: Exhibition
Waddington Art Walk
1pm -3pm 27 July 2019
A free artist-led walk along the Ridges & Furrows Waddington Trail, celebrating three new large-scale temporary artworks by Sarah Bennett, Andrew Bracey and Danica Maier, presenting early outcomes from an artist residency within the Tennyson Research Centre in Lincoln.
The walk will last approximately 3 hours, including readings, comfort breaks and an optional family workshop.
The walk is part of NK Walking Festival Saturday 13 July – Saturday 27 July 2019.
BUMMOCK: THE LACE ARCHIVE
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This publication is the result of an artists’ research residency that used unseen parts of the Lace Archive in Nottingham as catalysts for the creation of new artworks.
Andrew Bracey, Danica Maier and Lucy Renton spent two and half years rummaging, exploring and making.
Critical texts by Pennina Barnett, Fiona Curran, Janis Jefferies, Sian Vaughan, alongside interviews with the artists involved, unpack the findings.
This is part of a larger research project ‘Bummock: New Artistic Responses to Unseen parts of the Archive’. Like the Bummock – the largest part of the iceberg that remains hidden under water – archives often contain far more than is ever accessed. Bummock gives a platform for these stored and yet to be appreciated parts, and is developing alternative methods for researchers to access archives.
This is the first of a series of publications that will collate the findings and artworks from residencies in different archives.
This publication accompanies the exhibition at Backlit Gallery, Nottingham, 26 Jan- 18 Feb 2018 and Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge, 24 Jan – 16 Feb 2019.
Ruskin Gallery: Exhibition
Bummock: The Lace Archive tours to the Ruskin Gallery in Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge. The work is recontextualized including new installations created by Danica Maier and Lucy Renton. With newly developed sound work by Danica Maier with Composer Martin Scheuregger.
Opening event with Book Launch: 31 January 2019 from 5-7pm with live events at 5:15pm and 6pm.
BACKLIT GALLERY: EXHIBITION
Archives as catalysts for the creation of new artworks. Three artists, Andrew Bracey, Danica Maier and Lucy Renton have spent the last two and half years rummaging, exploring and making. The artworks created will be shown alongside the archival material that was used as the starting point for the artists’ research.
Private View: 26th Jan 6-9pm
Backlit Gallery, Alfred House, Ashley St,
Nottingham NG3 1JG
Opening Event: 26 January, 2018. 6-9pm
Exhibition dates: 27 January – 18 February 2018.
Fri, Sat, Sun noon – 5pm
BACKLIT GALLERY: SYMPOSIUM
Booking: Eventbrite link
This symposium will explore and expand upon issues arising from the research project and residency within the Lace Archive by three artists Andrew Bracey, Danica Maier and Lucy Renton. The symposium will also focus on, an overview of the Lace Archive held at Nottingham Trent University, it’s history and content; a history of contemporary artists working with Nottingham lace; artists working in and accessing archives and collections; hidden stories of collections, through two cases studies and an artist round table discussion of working with the Lace Archive. At the end of the symposium the delegates will have an opportunity for a special preview of the exhibition with informal discussion with the artists involved and food and drink.
Speakers include: Pennina Barnett, Andrew Bracey, Dr. Amanda Briggs-Goode, Deborah Dean, Danica Maier, Lucy Renton, Dr. Sian Vaughan
BACKLIT GALLERY: EVENTS
Friday 26 January, 2018, 6pm – 9pm, free
Join the artists for a drink and special preview of the exhibition, Bummock: The Lace Archive.
Sound Transcription Workshop
Saturday 3rd February, 3:30pm, free
Join Danica Maier and Dr. Martin Scheuregger as they continue to test, play and experiment with transcribing the lace technical drawings into scores for sound works. This will be a playful drop in session for all ages.
Saturday 10th February, 3pm - 4pm, free
Andrew Bracey and Danica Maier will discuss themes of the project and give an insight into the working processes resulting from researching in the Lace Archive to creating their artwork.
Attention/Detail - Children’s workshop
Sunday 18th February 1-4pm, free
This hands-on workshop will play with scale and reproduction, where participants will create drawings that will then be enlarged to bigger than life to create a overlapping mural. Targeted at children from ages 5-80 this will be a playful drop in session for children and parents.
Backlit Gallery, Alfred House, Ashley St,
Nottingham NG3 1JG