The Lost Room

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE AND EXHIBITION.

Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury.

July to November 2013.

With the Beaney as our place to meet and work I was joined by a group of people from Porchlight homeless charity. I asked them to bring small objects that they carry everyday; objects with important sentimental meaning; a memento from years ago, or an everyday object with little value, such as personnel headphones. Discussions followed about the importance we place on objects and the relationship we have with the ‘things’ we carry on us.

Using embroidery techniques we embellished and decorated the objects, this elevated them to to a new status, to acknowledge their new importance they were displayed alongside the museums collections.

The Lost Room was a collaborative project with Mark Hewitt, writer, director and theatre maker. His work with Porchlight participants included devising a tour of Canterbury from a homeless person’s perspective and gathered ‘memory pictures’ as part of the personal physical objects that I focused on.

Photographs by Manu Palomeque.

Accompanying publication ‘The Lost Room caseside book

Funded by Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, FrancisKnight, Arts Council England, Porchlight.