An antidote to the clinical, pristine art gallery and the impersonal public space.
The public space at Red Door hosts a personal collection of objects and artworks. The collection is growing due to donations from the local community, Red Doors artists and sometimes from further afield. All these donations have been volunteered at will, which makes them all the more interesting. The space now reflects all those who frequent it and tells an evolving story.
I have always collected and become attached to objects, often found, made or acquired and having little or no financial value, I am interested in what gives something we own value, and why and how this is connected to our view of ourselves, our memories, our past and also our idea of status.
Hiraeth is a Welsh word for which there is no direct English translation. It describes a kind of homesickness for more than your physical home, a sense of longing and deep nostalgia. To feel Hiraeth is to yearn for a home you cannot return to, that no longer exists, or maybe never was. It is sometimes used to describe the beauty of the Welsh landscape or when discussing a collective past.
I find the sound and meaning of the word quite beautiful and also deeply familiar, a feeling of being incomplete and also complete at exactly the same moment.
I believe an attachment to objects and what we consciously and subconsciously choose to represent ourselves with is laced with our own personal Hiraeth.
I want to express thanks to everyone who has given something to Red Door Studios, whether it be objects, artwork, craft, time, ideas, music or something else, the collection continues to grow.
Some of our objects, in no particular order.......
- The Oracle, early automata made by inventor Tim Hunkin.
- Portrait of The Tate and Lyle Sugar Girls in the 1950s photograph donated by a cousin Pauline Ellis.
- Photograph by Marco Zaffino photographer for cult underground magazine Prowl, lent by founder of Prowl, Lisa Luxx.
- Mural by New York artist Ryan Bock, painted during his residency at Red Door.
- Bench in memory of Reggie Gray who brought traditional folk music to Red Door. Made by resident maker Ben Bennett
- Coffee tables made by resident maker Ben Bennett
- Stone Story made by Alison Jones. An artwork inside an old hat box. The box contains a giant Turban which itself contains other treasures. In wax melted into the bottom of the box is the story of Icarus's journey to the sun.
- Borough of Greenwich, Bonfire night celebrations 1985, Emergency Exit Arts poster.
- Drawings, Paintings and photographs by Elizabeth Clough
- Anubis mosaic and ceramic faces by resident designer Sally Asbury
- Selection of paintings by resident painter Lucia Bonadies
- Drawing: I thought you were a memory stick, by David Clough
- Slate sculpture and paper mache Ogre by resident artist Peter Wright
- Morris Dancer cross stitch and crocheted Red Door Studios cushions made by Christine Gray
- David Cameron the sex squid for React to Brexit project, made by resident maker Ben Bennett
'- Drawing of my dog Lucy' by Nessa aged 9
- Handmade and hand embroidered cushion covers made by Beeke Ropers
- Full set of handmade giant Scrabble tiles made by Elizabeth Clough
- Lamp made from school's human Skeleton, by Elizabeth Clough
- 'Paulo' painting by Andy Palmer
- Photos of wigs and haircuts taken in John Denis' hairdressers on High Street South in the 1960s (its now a Betfred) lent by owner Frank.
- Dressmakers Dummy belonging to a founder of Red Door Studios Dolores Maisonneuve
- Giant Ledger donated by Diana Jones
- Found painting by unknown artist, lent by resident painter Lucia Bonadies
- Paper Mache and leather Tiger and BBC Keyboard found in a radio shed in an abandoned site on the thames.
- Sign on toilet door made by Abi Bown
- Mirror lent by resident designer Alberta Jones
- Vinyl Album by Fred Snow
- Mechanical Triceratops, lent by Tiegh Leader
- Rosemary, Angels wings, Spider plants, Passion flower, Mother of Thousands, Money Plant, Castor Plant, Maidens hair, String of Hearts, Tomatoes and hanging plants given by Kalina Jankowska, Peter Wright, Ben Bennett and Richard Meyer.
To be continued.......