Scarborough Art Gallery's new exhibition - from stardust to stardust - will be displayed on line

A new photographic and text-based gallery of images that considers how personal objects can bring to mind moments of deep emotion from our own private histories is soon to go on digital show.

Tuesday, 19th May 2020, 10:25 am
Updated Tuesday, 19th May 2020, 10:39 am
One of the exhibits in the new display
One of the exhibits in the new display

Artist Jane Poulton’s from stardust to stardust is part of an innovative series of digital commissions by Scarborough Museums Trust.

Scarborough Museums Trust will release one photographic artwork on the social media platform - @scarboroughmuseums - each day for seven days from Tuesday May 26.

The gallery of images will subsequently be available on the Trust’s website: www.scarboroughmuseumstrust.com The Trust would like from stardust to stardust to be accessible to everyone: the gallery will include image descriptions and audio files, for those who might find them helpful.

Jane said: “During exploratory work for this project, I used cherished objects of my own to suggest similarities between museum collections and objects we hold dear ourselves. For example, a gryphaea fossil I found on my local beach gave me, the moment I held it in my hand, a flash of insight into the theory that every living thing on our planet comes from, and returns to, stardust – and that brought me great comfort.

“from stardust to stardust was a phrase I used to describe that experience, and it’s now the title for this project which reflects on moments of personal uncertainty, fear or loss – my own and other people’s – through small objects that recall those times.

“Though charms or mementos such as these have no measurable influence on the course of events, their power lies in what, or who, they represent.”

from stardust to stardust is one of a series of new digital commissions from Scarborough Museums Trust as part of its response to the current crisis. The Trust has asked artists including Jane, Kirsty Harris, Lucy Carruthers, Estabrak, Wanja Kimani, Jade Montserrat and Feral Practice to create digital artworks to be released online across a range of social media platforms over the next four months.

Originally trained in textiles, Jane Poulton is a visual artist and writer who has built a reputation for socially engaged participatory projects that create a long-term impact and lasting legacy. She has worked on many projects with members of the public, including distinctly identified groups, particularly within community learning settings, where she aims to build confidence and give a voice to those whose views might not otherwise be heard.