Drawn from the Past - The Museum Mind of Tessa Asquith-Lamb

10 November - 13 January 2019

This is a truly unique exhibition which explores how the artist uses museum collections as inspiration for her own lyrical and detailed etchings and paper-cuts.

Tessa Asquith-Lamb has always loved museums, making her own in the porch of her house as a child. This love of the past has stayed with her and now has its perfect fulfilment in the curation of her own show at Callendar House, Falkirk. The artist was invited to choose objects and paintings from the region’s collections and has created new work based on these items including intricate paper-cuts and a new etching featuring the House.

A find in the Callendar House stores of an amazing 19th century cut and painted paper valentine prompted the artist to create her own versions, featuring items from the house alongside a new poem mirroring the original heartfelt piece of Folk Art. The first gallery space will show a selection of Tessa’s etchings and artworks alongside the objects she collects as inspiration, including 19th century toys and decorative arts, and seasonally, a collection of vintage Christmas decorations including her glass bird collection, crackers and ceramics. A second room will feature paintings, photographs and objects from the Trust’s collections and the new artworks inspired by them.

The exhibition will be accompanied by Festive Fridays - two evening events on the 7th and 14th December in which the artist will share her knowledge of past Christmas traditions and visitors can create their own decorations whilst enjoying seasonal refreshments in the beautiful rooms of Calendar House.

Tessa graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with an MA (Hons) in Fine Art in 1998. Since then she has continued to create her mysterious and poetic etchings and paper-cuts, (often including her trademark fox) alongside working as a freelance art educator. Her work is in many private collections and recently she was commissioned by the V&A Dundee with designer Martin Baillie to create a giant paper cut pop up book.

Tessa's website is http://www.tessaasquithlamb.co.uk

Opening hours

Monday 10:00 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 17:00
Thursday 10:00 17:00
Friday 10:00 17:00
Saturday 10:00 17:00
Sunday 10:00 17:00
Callendar House is open all year round and every day except Tuesdays. Last admission is 16:30.

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Park Gallery
Callendar House
Callendar Park

01324 503772
Last updated: 24 October 2018 at 11:15