New venture links ArtsFest with Lyme Regis Museum
Organisers of the annual Lyme Regis ArtsFest have recently joined forces with the Lyme Regis Museum to launch a project that will create a contemporary archive of visual, literary and performance art inspired by the treasures housed in Lyme's famous Museum.
Vistors staying in a local Lyme Regis B&B or other Lyme Regis accommodation will be able enjoy the fruits of this exciting joint venture.
ArtsFest was looking for ways to celebrate its tenth anniversary in September and to develop both long-term projects and year-round activities that would fire the imaginations of its artists and the public. Creative directors Karol Kulik and Christine Allison came up with the concept of utilising existing artefacts displayed in the Museum (and the stories behind them) as springboards for new works across the arts spectrum.
The Museum, for its part, welcomed the concept as an opportunity to forge stronger links with the arts community, broaden public interest in its collection and add currency and life to their amazing historical and scientific collection. Those particularly close to the Museum, like long-time volunteer Barbara Bull, love the idea of modern artists 'filling in the gaps' in some of the artefacts' stories. The initiative is entitled Re:collection, a name intentionally chosen for its dual meaning and acceptably pronounced with or without the colon. The plan is to mentor submitted proposals through the summer and officially introduce them at ArtsFest 2012 at an evening event at the Museum on Thursday 13 September. The projects will take place or be achieved over the following year, the end results being exhibited or performed at ArtsFest 2013.
Anyone interested in joining Re:collection is encouraged to visit the Museum, develop an idea and contact ArtsFest as soon as possible ().
Karol Kulik, Lyme Regis ArtsFest
Published on 21/04/2012.