Fermoy Gallery, King's Lynn Arts Centre in collaboration with King's Lynn Museums
Location focused on contemporary debate considering the relationship between visual research and creative processes. (Patrizio & Theophilus, 1998, p.3)1. The exhibition commissioned new works by myself and textile artist Polly Binns, with the resulting exhibition revealing the resonance between disparate practices and the role of shared research principles in the construction of meaning. The collaborative nature of the project showcased new work initiated through sustained research into two very different aspects of the Norfolk environment.
The exhibition resulted from full access to the Lynn Museum's unique collection of drawings by the artist and explorer Thomas Baines. Born and raised in Kings Lynn, Baines became known for his travels in Southern Africa during the mid nineteenth century. He is well known as one of a pool of European artists recording Africa during the Victorian period and his works and journals are in a number of major African collections although very little of his work remains in the U.K. Baines' response to the vast continent before him was at times predictable, at times idiosyncratic. As the biographers have observed, 'It is not Africa that Baines describes but his own British response to it.'2 Most notably he accompanied David Livingstone on the Zambezi expedition between 1858-59.