Following the success of the Re:New Wallace Collection exhibitions since 2018, R-Space will deliver the fourth in a series of collaborative cultural projects involving a Northern Irish artist/maker and the Wallace Collection in London, thus celebrating his historical/cultural connection with Co. Antrim and Lisburn in particular. Re:New Wallace #4 will link the Wallace Collection with the historical past of the Hertford family and their strong links with Lisburn where Sir Richard Wallace was the local MP, benefactor and land-owner.
Although not living in Lisburn extensively, Wallace’s connection to this place and its people can still be seen reverberated throughout the city today, particularly in his philanthropic work. I am keen to investigate the strong ties between the two locations, exploiting the dichotomy of the landscapes and the role they had within Wallace’s own life.
As a style, Rococo developed from craftspeople, often taking the form of furniture and other domestic objects. The work I make for R-Space is likely to revoke this functionality, drawing upon the extensive patterning and asymmetrical forms to create works which play with the Rococo style in a contemporary context. These layered histories will inform the commission, utilising the windows of the gallery space to invite the passing audience’s engagement in a new way."