Katy Gillam-Hull: Useful and Useless Objects

Katy Gillam-Hull’s recent pop-up installation, which spanned the transition between the old and new St. Albans museum, sought to respond to craftsmen’s tools held in the museum’s Salaman collection. Gillam-Hull was invited to select tools from the collection of 3,000 tools, sold to the museum by Raphael Salaman and kept on permanent display until 2010, when they were … More Katy Gillam-Hull: Useful and Useless Objects

Elizabeth Murton: The Instalation

Elizabeth Murton’s installation, Between Materials and Mechanisms, is now fully installed in the gallery on College Lane. Fibres criss-cross the gallery, tracing a path around pillars, and connecting the floor, wall and ceiling as if the architecture of the building is held together by the tension of the threads. Red, “Hairy yarn” plays the role of muscles, … More Elizabeth Murton: The Instalation

Textiles and tensegrity

Elizabeth Murton has joined UHArts for a summer residency, culminating in a symposium and exhibition on 1st October. During her residency, Elizabeth will be investigating the similarities between textiles and the fibres that hold the human body together. Elizabeth has been inspired by the discovery that the body is not made of separate parts, neatly divided … More Textiles and tensegrity

Perminar Kaur: Final Reflections

When Permindar released her teddies into the exhibition, she invited a variety of responses. In her studio, Permindar had ownership of the installations, but in the public space of the gallery they are exposed to interpretation. Permindar has positioned herself as a caretaker of meaning, choosing to step back as the exhibition was installed, to pass responsibility for … More Perminar Kaur: Final Reflections

New Pieces

This week, Permindar has added several new pieces to her exhibition. Some are reclaimed and adapted previous works, while others are entirely new, and as yet untitled. At the front of the gallery, a table teeters on unstable legs. The legs are splayed irregularly, and terminate in sharp points which threaten to pierce the floor. Draped over the top is … More New Pieces

Artists at play

As Permindar finalises some of the installations for her exhibition, she has found time for “play”. Her playful activities have resulted in a number of objects on the theme of clouds, that will not feature in the exhibition, but that have provided valuable distraction from the objects on which Permindar has been working since the start … More Artists at play

Permanent objects for temporary exhibitions

Permindar’s studio in the UH Art & Design building is currently littered with works-in-progress. There are interlinked copper rings blanketing a table, knitted foil in the corner, and various wooden and copper contraptions which support or enclose her ever-expanding selection of black and blue teddies.  She chooses not to work on one installation at a time, but … More Permanent objects for temporary exhibitions

Teddies, Teddies, Teddies

Most of the work that Permindar is currently producing in the studio features faceless black teddies. As seen in this previous post, teddies have featured in Permindar’s previous work in various other forms, camouflaged against a backdrop of similar fabric. Teddies appeal to Permindar as they are “half animal, half human” and allow her to critically consider human nature. … More Teddies, Teddies, Teddies

How Permindar’s residency will shape her work

In Permindar Kaur’s first few months at the University of Hertfordshire, she has identified several ways in which the residency has, and will, shape her work. “I have a set way of working”, she says, but the chance to operate in a new studio space will disrupt those usual working practices. The locations of her previous … More How Permindar’s residency will shape her work