Lyndall Phelps: Museology

In 1880, St. Albans public library held a Conversazione, an exhibition of curiosities that  became the predecessor to St. Albans museum. With the museum now closed for renovation, artist Lyndall Phelps has joined with its conservators to revive some of the original collection at locations around Hertfordshire, as part of a pop-up museum that also features … More Lyndall Phelps: Museology

Katy Gillam-Hull: Useful and Useless Objects

Katy Gillam-Hull’s recent pop-up installation, which spanned the transition between the old and new St. Albans museum, sought to respond to craftsmen’s tools held in the museum’s Salaman collection. Gillam-Hull was invited to select tools from the collection of 3,000 tools, sold to the museum by Raphael Salaman and kept on permanent display until 2010, when they were … More Katy Gillam-Hull: Useful and Useless Objects

In and Out of Sight: Fortuitous Accidents

In their closing discussion, the artists represented in the In and Out of Sight exhibition shared their thoughts with Lizzie Lloyd, whose essay is printed in the exhibition catalogue. During the discussion, the group considered the importance of performance in their work, and how the title of the exhibition reflects the theme of making the … More In and Out of Sight: Fortuitous Accidents

Harriet Riddell: Stitching Hatfield

Visitors to the university this week might have encountered the strange sight of artist Harriet Riddell sewing tapestries on her bicycle-powered sewing machine. Riddell has been commissioned to spend 6 days at the University of Hertfordshire and around Hatfield town, stitching a snapshot of the university and its life. She has observed visitors, residents, staff, … More Harriet Riddell: Stitching Hatfield

In Conversation with Catherine Bertola and Rachel Rich

At a recent panel discussion, Catherine Bertola was joined in discussion by Rachel Rich, senior lecturer in history at Leeds Becket University. Bertola and Rich are currently benefitting from a Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residency award that has enabled them to share ideas related to the domestic interior. The panel discussion was an opportunity to … More In Conversation with Catherine Bertola and Rachel Rich