From next Wednesday, 30 Jan, an exhibition of original artworks and artefacts from the Doc Rowe Archive and Collection will be displayed at London’s Cecil Sharp House, home of the English folk arts. Lore and the Living Archive is the culmination of two years of research and development for three emerging artists who have been commissioned to respond to traditional folk arts artefacts in the Doc Rowe Archive and Collection – and Doc himself as collector.
Photographer, Bryony Bainbridge; printmaker and poet, Natalie Reid, and multimedia artist, Anna FC Smith, contemplate what place traditions have in contemporary society and how they influence the communities in which they originate. The artists also consider the role of the archivist and how his presence at some events has become as anticipated and revered as the tradition itself.
The original artworks will be displayed alongside a curated selection of material from the Archive that illustrate customs from across the British Isles and complement the themes explored through the new artworks.
The exhibition runs from 30 Jan – 14 April. More information here.