ArtsFest and the Lyme Regis Museum worked together throughout 2012 and 2013 to support the creation of original new artworks that took their inspiration from artefacts, images and stories in the Museum's collections. This initiative, called re:collection, provided the stimulus for paintings, drawings, books, photographs, performances and installations that were developed by local artists and were on display at ArtsFest 2013. As explained below, re:collection lived on into 2014!
Concept, Funding & Recognition
The re:collection initiative had three aims: to engage artists in long-term projects that develop their practice; to attract diverse new audiences to art and the Museum; and to offer the public new ways of looking at and accessing the collections and art in general. Sixteen projects (see news) were put forward in ArtsFest's successful bid for £30,000 funding from Arts Council England (see news). This substantial support and validation recognised ArtsFest's proven track record, the high quality of artists and projects, and the importance of such artist-museum partnerships. A further 25 projects subsequently joined re:collection and were displayed (21-29 Sept 2013) at exhibitions in the Town Mill and Malthouse Galleries, on the seafront and at The Jam Factory in Uplyme.
re:collection Artists at the Rotunda
Ten re:collection artists held exhibitions in the Museum's Rotunda Gallery in the run-up to and over the year following ArtsFest 2013: Annie Ward, Maisie Hill, Lynda White, Keith Robinson, Sarah Thomas, Carolyn King, Caroline Barnes, Gail Sagman, Ronnie Creswell and Dave Wicken.