Below the Salt Artist's Project at Temple Newsam House

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  • Below the Salt is an exhibition of three new works by artist Catherine Bertola at Temple Newsam, which is part of Leeds Museums and Galleries. Temple Newsam is a Tudor-Jacobean house that now operates as a museum, housing decorative arts collections of national importance. Its temporary exhibitions bring together the historic with the contemporary, and this project centres on a pivotal moment in the house’s history – its 500-year anniversary – and is inspired by the first inventory of the house made on 14 September 1520 and the collections it now holds. 
  • To create the Below the salt artwork, a series of temporary installations will be made on the floor of the Great Hall, where salt will be used to recreate the damask designs of early woven table linen held in the collection at Temple Newsam. The work makes reference to the value salt held in early 16th Century dining, and its use as a signifier of status within a space like the Great Hall, and how it would have been used in 1520, when the house was first built.
  • Three installations will be created over a number of days in January 2020, each installation based on a different pattern that will be photographed before being cleared away. The photographs will then be developed using a traditional Salt and Silver technique, and it is these framed images that will be included in the final exhibition.
  • Training will be given on a special briefing session prior to the installation period.
  •  Catherine will need two volunteers on each day of making, which could be broken into half-day sessions depending on people’s availability.
  • The role will suit people who…… are patient, reliable and happy to follow task instructions. You may have an interest in art and/or history and are keen to find out more about how artists work. You will enjoy meeting people and being part of a team. You will be keen to learn new skills and have meticulous attention to detail. All volunteers should be willing to abide by the Council’s code of conduct, but no qualifications or experience is required. 
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Required Role

Below the Salt Artist's Project at Temple Newsam House

Key responsibilities

• to assist in the production of the salt installations. • The floor pieces will made using pre-cut stencils that salt will be brushed over before being lifted off to leave the pattern. • it will require being able to kneel down for periods of time (knee pads/kneelers will be provided), as well having patience and meticulous attention to detail to match up the patterns and stencils.

Desirable Skills

  • Positive attitude
  • Presentation

Skill to gain

  • Creative and design
  • Event Planning
  • Interpersonal
  • Listening
  • Planning and organising
  • Team Work

When can you do this role/Calendar

Minimum commitment level: Once a week

Start Date: 06-01-2020

End Date: 31-01-2020

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