Museum and Art Gallery Northampton
“Bust” was an exhibition held from the 9th of February till the 17th of March 2013 in the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery. Suitable for all ages the aim of this exhibition was to raise the awareness of the chronologically diverse collection of busts the museum has to the public. By creating an exhibition just on the sculptors of busts it was targeted to attract the attention in the historical importance and craft of the work.
The exhibition consist of twenty five busts sculptors, combined with text and quotations, emphasising on the artist and the importance of the bust. There was a moderate collection of the classical art, such as the work “Tete de Jeune Femme” by Francois-Auguste-René Rodin and “Head of Portland Mason” by Sir Jacob Epstein. This exhibition also gave the opportunity to revel the wide collection of Northampton based artist work including, Bob Dawson, Eli Johnson, Alfred Frank Hardiman, John Gilbert Donley and Clare Abbat.
By grouping the work chronologically I divided each wall to each era. Each bust was places on an individual plinth, except the Busts of Bod Dawson. As his work follows the same style in technique used and varied in colour and size, they are placed in the back centre of the room forming a cersent shaped type wall. This gives the viewers an instinctive to walk around the work with greater freedom. Placing the bust of “Jane” in the middle of the room I hope to attract the visitors in as it would be a sculptor that they would be familiar and relate with as it is the picture on the posters. The Exhbition conculded with many posative feedbacks, mostly from visited school groups.
A workshop was put together by the artist Richard Gibson that went on for two days were children from a school had come over to see the exhibition and then create the art. The objective was to get the children more involve in understanding the details a bust can have. This was done with the help of light projectors, cardboard and props. By separating the children in groups, a child would stand in front of the light to project there shadow, this would then allow the other members in the group to draw around there shadow. This would be done twice, the front profile of the face and the side. After cutting it out they would be able to slot the two profiles to create a free standing three dimensional bust of their own. The final result allowed the children to play with the light source to create an abstract effect to the shadow by choosing what props they wished to put on top of their cardboard bust. What the schools got to take away were a collection of photographs of their busts and shadows.
© 2019 by FLAVIA TERZIAN.