LIFE IS VERY SWEET
A MUSEUMAKER COLLABORATION WITH THE HARLEY MUSEUM AND GALLERY AT WELBECK ABBEY
'Stunning flower sculptures...their artistry inspires wonder and delight.' Annabel Freyberg, The Lady, August 2010
At the end of 2009 Jane Wildgoose was selected as a maker for museumaker, a national partnership between makers, museums and visitors involving 16 museums across the country. Jane's installation (an accompaniment to the exhibition Dinner with a Duke: Decoding food and drink at Welbeck 1690-1910) is on view at the Harley Gallery, Welbeck, Notts, from 18th July 2010 - March 2011. Jane Wildgoose will be giving a gallery talk in the installation on 16th March 2011.
During the spring and summer of 2010 Jane worked closely with local sugarcraft expert Christina Ludlam, and volunteers, developing a dramatic centrepiece of sugar flowers for her installation, which also features examples of porcelain, portraits, and garden sculpture from the Portland Collection. Inspired by the 155-piece dessert service commissioned by Margaret Duchess of Portland, and a set of Chinese watercolours depicting porcelain production in the Collection, Jane's installation reveals the curious story of how the discovery of the secret of porcelain manufacture in the West in the 18th-century led to replacement of intricate sugarwork, traditionally used as decoration on aristocratic dessert tables, by fine chinaware. As a backdrop to the installation, Jane produced a digitally printed wall-covering for the gallery, based on her photographs of a magnificent set of 18th-century Gobelins tapestries at Welbeck Abbey.
Jane Wildgoose also collaborated with: food historian Ivan Day, who spent an inspiring day sharing his knowledge of historical sugarwork; the School of Artisan Food at Welbeck Abbey, who provided the perfect venue for producing the delicate sugarwork with Christina Ludlam and local volunteers, and Darfoulds Nursery, Worksop, who generously collaborated with Jane, and produced beautiful bowers of living plants to frame displays of sugar flowers in the gallery's windows.
"Museumaker is an ambitious partnership programme for museums, makers and audiences supported by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), Renaissance and Arts Council England, that brings together makers and the heritage sector, creating inspiring new commissions by outstanding contemporary makers, leading to compelling visitor experiences and economic opportunities." www.lja.uk.com
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