Two new major launch exhibitions at The Harley Gallery
18 March 2019
Two new exhibitions by two female artists, displaying their work in the East Midlands for the first time.
From Punk Tapestry to Anglo-Saxon Jewellery, these two exhibitions are supremely different in content and style, yet they share the theme of reworking.
In an age where we are told to recycle, upcycle and celebrate what already exists, there could not be a more pertinent time for these two artists to displaying their work.
ReCollecting by Belgian-born artists, Sylvie Franquet, is an exciting body of new work drawing inspiration from objects collected by the Dukes of Portland and their families, particularly by their illustrious female members. Franquet reworks found tapestries, combining classical imagery and a punk aesthetic.
Loss, Rediscovery and Rearrangement by Romilly Saumarez Smith is an exhibition in three parts; a display of rings, a case with objects and boxes and, on the walls, tree handles which are made from antique and vintage cutlery, described by Romilly as a modernistic version of a cabinet of curiosities. Romilly uses discarded shards of history and gives them new life.
Both exhibitions will be on display in The Harley Gallery from 6 Apr