The Nottingham residencies will be split across many sights including Nottingham Contemporary, and properties managed by Nottingham City Museums & Galleries including; Newstead Abbey, Wollaton Hall and Nottingham Castle (closed for renovation until Spring 2021).
Eleanor Sikorski spent several days visiting the museums in Nottingham and meeting the people who work on specific collections there. The spaces vary between a contemporary art gallery without regularly changing exhibitions, a historic house and gardens built using slave money and a science museum housed inside a mansion, inside a deer park… Nottingham has it all! The organisations are wildly different and are all on their own journey to face their futures and their pasts with care and imagination. This period of research was a time for Eleanor to get to know more about the different spaces and specifically find out about how they accommodate and welcome their visitors.
She met Adam Smith, Co-curator of Natural Sciences at Wollaton, who took her on a tour of the parts of the Natural Science collection which are not on public display (think stuffed kangaroos, snakes in jars and thousands of fossils and eggs) and she met Simon Brown, Curator at Newstead Abbey, who is re-imagining how visitors view Lord Byron’s former home.
Visit Eleanor’s blog to see her reflective drawings and writings on this residency period.