In 2023 I spearheaded the production and curation of the Mercer Gallery’s summer exhibition, titled TOTAL RECALL: MYTH AND MEMORY. The exhibition presented recent acquisitions and highlights from the collection alongside works by five Northern artists. These artists were invited to add a contemporary context to works in the collections. This intervention was heightened as each invited artist used a different medium, from light art to sculpture, painting to video. The invited artists were: Sally Barker, Ka Bird, Jill McKnight, K Walker, and Hang Zhang. The show has been well attended and has received a positive response from press.
I worked closely with the Mercer Gallery Management team to coordinate this project. In addition to selecting works from the archive, I worked closely with the invited artists to curate a dynamic show. On top of this, I developed the theme, researched the artworks, and coordinated the installation. I wrote all the text panels, press releases, accompanying text, and executed all graphic design for the exhibition (including posters, wall panels, press release, and social media). I was also successful in finding funding for this project from independent sponsors.
To accompany the project I produced three video interviews with three of the artists in the exhibition: Christopher P. Wood, Liza Dracup, and Georgie Hopton. These artists offered valuable insights into their creative process and relationship with the works on display. This opened up even more context for the exhibition and allowed for more public engagement outside of the gallery space as the videos were uploaded to YouTube. Please watch them here:
Below is the press release that accompanied the exhibition, it expands on the themes of the show.