Projects / 1001 Village Nights

2019

This exhibition came to life when we decided to celebrate 20 years of Adam Sutherland's directorship, and were programming a weekend of varied exhibitions and events, a 'greatest hits' of sorts.

When at around the same time Manchester's Whitworth Gallery invited us to produce a major component of their John Ruskin bicentenary project, 'Joy For Ever', we realised that this body of work illustrating Grizedale's Coniston projects fitted their bill well: Influenced by Ruskin in unexpected and playful ways, useful and people-focused, we brought together objects, ephemera and documentation that ranged from youth club inventions such as the breakfast sausage dog, to beloved Peter Hodgson works to Audrey Grisedale's embroidered church kneeler. Many of these time and site-specific projects had to be presented using inventive re-creations, documentation and borrowed works from private collections - many thanks to everyone who helped put it all together at very short notice.

After showing at the Whitworth, the exhibition came home to Coniston Institute where it was accompanied by a well-attended talks programme delivered by local speakers including Sam & Holly Clarke and Rob Gee.

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