The Object is Alive: Matthew Darbyshire

From: 28th January 2017 10:00 am

To: 14th May 2017 4:00 pm

Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery

Lenton Road, Nottingham, NG1 6EL






The Object is Alive has invited British artist Matthew Darbyshire to develop a new exhibition that actively engages with Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery, and is influenced by the work of Polish artist and theatre maker Tadeusz Kantor, who was interested in the role and status of the object.  Matthew has reimagined 12 objects from Nottingham Castle’s collections – including 20th century studio pottery, modernist sculpture and even a grenade from the Regimental Museum. By playing with scale and devising new materials and techniques, including experimenting with different concrete formulas, he has created a series of new works exclusively for the Castle.

A complimentary guide accompanies the exhibition, featuring all 12 of Matthew’s original object choices, and a critical essay contribution by Emily LaBarge.

The Object is Alive: Matthew Darbyshire is the first in a series of exhibitions that actively explore the role of object as discussed in Kantor’s writing and artistic outputs. Funded by Arts Council England and the Henry Moore Foundation, this exhibition is part of a collaborative project with Radar at Loughborough University, and will be followed by Mike Cooter at New Walk Museum, Leicester (Winter 2017), and Giles Round at Derby Museums (Spring 2018).


Artist talk and gallery tour with Matthew Darbyshire
Saturday 25 February 2017, 2-3.30pm.
Project Lab, Nottingham Castle
Matthew Darbyshire will give an enlightening talk about his practice and the influence of Kantor upon his new sculptures.  He will also be joined by collection curators who will give more information about the objects he has selected, and then afterwards Matthew will lead a guided tour of the exhibition.

This talk is free, but normal entry charges apply.  Booking essential > TO BOOK, CLICK HERE


Tadeusz Kantor and The Object is Alive with Dr. Emily LaBarge
Saturday 4 March 2017, 2-3.30pm.
Project Lab, Nottingham Castle
Dr. Emily LeBarge will present an illustrated talk based on her essay for The Object is Alive that examines the work of both Kantor and Darbyshire.

Emily LaBarge is a writer and researcher based in London. She has a PhD in Critical Writing in Art & Design from the Royal College of Art, where she is visiting lecturer. Amongst other publications, she contributes to esse arts + opinions (Montreal), The Photographers’ Gallery and The Cambridge Humanities Review. 

This talk is free, but normal entry charges apply.  Booking essential > TO BOOK, CLICK HERE



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