‘A Project on England’
An exhibition displaying a selection of objects tied by their representation of what England might, or could, be.
As a nation without it’s own parliament since the Acts of Union in 1707, the remains of an individual nation exist in narrow and often isolated terms. These leftovers are often portrayed in familiar ways; nationalism and individualism uniting behind the flag, with a group of supporters appearing increasingly out of touch with a progressing world.
In the scraps however, in more intimate circumstances, there is a relevance to traditions ignored that can be increasingly positive especially as a means of human interaction.
Centred around the artefacts and objects, the collation enlightens this past and portrays its forgotten relevance. Tied to these objects are works from makers and artists both named and unnamed from a wide time frame. Some exist as artefact such a the Hand-stitched Cricket Balls, some exist as physical histories, such as the Kiplingcotes Derby Trophy (the oldest horse race in the country), and some are the works of makers maintaining dying craft practices.
Whilst looking at a spread of objects and artefacts from various anthropocentric histories, a more accurate picture of the English identity is created, one that provides a topic for debate on progress. What should be left behind and what should be carried forward? What should England be?
Four books detail the odd traditions that have sustained themselves through many years in the English people’s embrace.
Usually a celebration or gathering, these events are perfect examples of English histories that exists on a far smaller and personal level than national stereotype.
The books are available in print, and via download on request.