Following the hugely successful launch event of the digital arts programme Lost Stations’  in March, and artist talk with photographer Henry Iddon in April, we will be welcoming multi-disciplinary artist Felicity Hammond; the first artist to develop a unique solo exhibition for our Lost Stations Digital Art Programme in May. Visit the project website HERE.

Those interested are invited to come along and learn about Felicity’s inspirations and burgeoning career in an artist talk on Thursday 11th May at 6.30pm at Cooke’s Studios before we welcome you to the official opening of her exhibition titled ‘In Defence of Industry‘. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to enjoy a drink and a chat!

The exhibition, titled ‘In Defence of Industry’ will discuss the relationship between the industrial history of Barrow-in-Furness and the wider Cumbrian landscape, in particular the area’s mining history, and the subsequent shift towards nuclear industry during the mid-twentieth century. The unique exhibition will explore ideas of mining and excavation, imagining the landscape that would have existed during the iron-ore mining days, together with the continuing political issues surrounding the impact of nuclear waste. The show will explore themes around defence, secrecy and the unseen earth below the surface.

The private view will feature an opening talk by Felicity which will provide an insight into her work and processes, her experimental approach to the medium of photography and the sculptural forms she incorporates into her work.  

If you are interested in volunteering as an invigilator for this exhibition and can spare 4-8hrs between 12th-25th May, we’d love to hear from you! Please contact us at kezz@signalfilmandmedia.co.uk to find out more.

“I was particularly struck by the descriptions of the Furness iron works, and couldn’t help but imagine what the local landscape might have looked like during the industrial revolution. This grand industrial past has been reduced to traces, evident only in stories, archival materials, and the occasional relic reclaimed by nature. I wanted to produce a work which uses these hidden histories to talk about our potential nuclear future; that which may currently be hidden from public view.” – Felicity Hammond

Felicity is an award-winning artist and has been nominated for the high-profile Magnum and Photo London Awards as well as receiving the Single Image Award at the British Journal of Photography in 2016. Her work has been exhibited widely nationally and internationally, and this year in addition to this exhibition in Barrow-in-Furness, her work is being exhibited in Rotterdam, New York, London and Berlin.

From Left: Artist Felicity Hammond, Consort Colin Thompson, Barrow Mayor Counsellor Anita Husband, Lead Mentor & Artist Sam Meech and Project Coordinator Steph Bryant

The Lost Stations programme is kindly supported by Arts Council England and will open up a world of digital art for participants and audiences in Barrow-in-Furness and Cumbria. Felicity Hammond’s talk and exhibition is part of a whole host of opportunities coming up over the year to see, experience, and get involved with, including: digital & moving image art, group art projects, exhibitions, artist talks, masterclasses & hands-on workshops. In addition we will be welcoming respected and innovative world-class artists such as Rachel Maclean, Mishka Henner & Marshmallow Laser Feast.
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For further information or if you’d like to contact us, please call weekdays on 01229 838592 or email: kezz@signalfilmandmedia.co.uk