exhibition artwork for Below the Salt at Temple Newsam

Below the Salt: Virtual in conversation


06 October 2021

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Venue Temple Newsam

Tags Adult, Talk,

This online ‘in-conversation’ coincides with Catherine Bertola’s exhibition  Below the Salt, on display in Temple Newsam House until 31 October 2021. In the exhibition, Bertola explores how Temple Newsam House has been occupied over the course of its history, and how social hierarchies have been expressed through the architecture and use of materials within the building, segregating those who lived from those who worked.

Discussing the exhibition, it’s themes and her artistic practice, Catherine Bertola will be joined by Lucy Day, Independent Curator & Consultant, Director at A Woman’s Place Project and Nick Cass, Lecturer in Heritage and Contemporary Art, Leeds University to discuss the work in the exhibition and the process of placing contemporary art in historic buildings.

Prior to the event we strongly recommend visiting the exhibition, ideally in person (tickets can be bought here), or via the online exhibition.

Please register for the free online event via Eventbrite.

Catherine Bertola is an artist based in Newcastle upon Tyne. She makes site specific installations, drawings and films that address the invisible histories of women, whose roles and contributions to society are overlooked and undervalued. Her work gives voice to untold narratives, excavating the past to confront contemporary inequalities. She has exhibited nationally and internationally with organisations such as National Trust, V&A, Bronte Parsonage Museum and Whitworth Art Gallery amongst others.

Nick Cass is a Lecturer in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds. With a background as an artist and teacher, he has worked for Leeds Museums and Galleries and the Royal Armouries as an Education Officer; and freelance for a variety of museums in the north of England. Having once worked at Temple Newsam House, he became fascinated by the relationship between his identity as an artist inspired by the site, its history, and collections, but also his role commissioning other artists to work with it. As a consequence, his primary interest lies at the intersection of contemporary art practice, museums, and heritage.

Lucy Day is an independent curator, mentor, arts consultant and Director of A Woman’s Place Projects, a contemporary arts organisation which takes equality as its starting point, exploring it creatively through exhibitions, projects and events. In 2018 A Woman’s Place presented six new commissions (A Woman’s Place at Knole) by Lubaina Himid, CJ Mahony, Lindsay Seers, Emily Speed, Alice May Williams and Melanie Wilson at National Trust Knole in Sevenoaks, Kent. She is currently developing a new project, Our Precarious State which explores women’s experience of living precariously. Lucy has 30 years experience of curating and producing exhibitions in private, public and artist led spaces and is Chair of Devonshire Collective /VOLT Gallery & Project Space in Eastbourne. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Alumnus of the Clore Leadership Programme (Clore50 2017).

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