Documents and recorded footage from Lincolnshire’s historical archives are inspiring a new generation of artists fascinated by the passage of time.
Using material from the Tennyson Research Centre and Media Archive for Central England, Fine Art students are peeling back the centuries to portray the old in imaginative new ways.
The University of Lincoln artists are holding two exhibitions of the work, which looks at the concept of ‘truth’ in archived materials.
Andrew Bracey, a practising artist and programme leader for the university’s School of Art and Design, said: “Artists are naturally inquisitive beings so it makes perfect sense to explore these extraordinary archives located on our doorstep.
“With fine art, pieces are typically created from scratch, yet these exhibitions begin with the work of media producers from across the decades and Alfred Lord Tennyson himself – providing a wonderful springboard for two very exciting exhibitions.”
The first, entitled, Accidents Need Not Happen, uses the media archive’s 70,000-strong collection of film, tape and digital materials showcasing the history of the midlands.
The display acknowledges the archive’s emphasis on the ‘real’, while looking at how context can change over time and what this means for society.
It takes place at the University of Lincoln’s new gallery space, Project Space Plus, from June 25 until July 11.
The second exhibition, called Some One Had Blunder’d, takes its inspiration from one of Britain’s most-loved poets, Alfred Lord Tennyson, who has connections with Skegness and surrounding areas.
It uses documents held at the world-renowned Tennyson Research Centre to study the concept of archiving and Emily Tennyson’s deliberate diary editing to preserve her husband’s good name.
It takes place at The Collection in Lincoln from July 3-26.
Some One Had Blunder’d artist Elizabeth Wright said: “The Tennyson archive is a real treasure trove because everything it holds is truly cherished and has been brought to life by the care of archivists. It is this process and the legacy that it leaves that I am most interested in.”
Some On Had Blunder’d curator and MA Contemporary Curatorial Practice student, Jessica Pepper, said: “It is remarkable to see the artwork that is being created from objects such as old books and manuscripts, which might otherwise be seen as relatively unassuming, were it not for their owner.”
Entry to both exhibitions is free.