An exhibition which recently opened at the Clyde Museum had an interesting brief for the artists involved – to create a piece of work inspired by something already in the museum.
The resulting collection, titled The Museum through Artists Eyes, displays the new works alongside the old, allowing the viewer to appreciate both the inspiration and the resulting art.
For instance, point lace and crochet samples the museum holds that were made by Mrs William Naylor in the 1930s inspired artist Jennifer Hay to crochet a delicate neckpiece of enamelled copper wire encrusted with metal micro beads, gemstones and pearls.
Megan Huffadine has addressed the very concept of museums in her painting, Wunderkammer, which translates as Cabinets of wonder. She states they were the precursor of the modern museum.
The exhibition was the inspiration of Clyde Museum committee chairwoman Andrea Ritchie, who approached the Central Otago District Arts Trust for help in contacting artists.
Trust arts co-ordinator Rebekah de Jong said they came up with a list of interesting artists working in a range of media across different genres.
They tried to highlight artists who were new to the region or exhibiting, while Mrs Ritchie added some more established names to the mix.
The exhibition fits well with a phased refurbishment of the Clyde Museum, in which the museum entrance was a primary focus.
Mrs Ritchie said it “was all about the entrance space, which has so much potential as a rotating exhibition space”.
Further areas would be refurbished, room by room, in a collaboration between heritage, the arts, local iwi and the community – “what modern museums are all about,” she said – while retaining the charm of a different era.
The exhibition will be at the museum until the end of April.