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Bummock: Tennyson Research Centre Symposium


Saturday, 19 February 2022

A Symposium to explore and expand upon issues and artworks arising from 3 artists working within and from the Tennyson Research Centre.

This symposium will explore and expand upon issues arising from the residency and exhibition, Bummock: Tennyson Research Centre which is on show at The Collection Museum, Lincoln until Sunday 20 February. The speakers’ presentations will include an overview of the Tennyson Research Centre held in the Lincolnshire County Archives, connections between Tennyson, his family and the artworks, the importance of the personal within the archive and its materiality, discussion about the sense of ‘place’ of the archive and these implications, an unpacking of the artists' research and work within the TRC. There will be plenty of opportunities for questions and discussion at the end of the presentations. The symposium will be followed by a celebratory book launch of the publication arising from the project.


About the project:

Bummock: Tennyson Research Centre is the result of a long-term artistic investigation by artists Danica Maier, Andrew Bracey and Sarah Bennett, in the Tennyson Research Centre (TRC), Lincoln. This archive holds what is considered to be the most significant collection in the world relating to the Lincolnshire-born nineteenth century poet, Alfred Tennyson. Though the archive houses a wealth of objects and information on the poet himself, it is the lesser-known and intriguing content concerning his wider family and relationships that has been central to the creation of new work by all three artists.

Over the past four years, the artists have explored the archive with an intention to examine and respond to what they call the ‘Bummock’; a term used to describe the large part of an iceberg hidden beneath the surface of the sea. This exhibition forms part of a wider research project, Bummock: New Artistic Responses to unseen parts of the Archive, led by Danica Maier and Andrew Bracey, which is investigating, researching and using unseen parts of archives as catalysts for new works.


Speakers include:

Dr. Sarah Bennett, Sue Breakell, Andrew Bracey, Dr. Jim Cheshire, Jenny Gleadell, Danica Maier, Dr. Sian Vaughan

Cost: £5.98 – £11.37


Venue ( Address ): 


The Collection, 1 Danes Terrace, Lincoln, LN2 1LP

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