“Re:New Wallace #6 – Time Frame” by Emma Whitehead at R-Space Gallery – 27 May to 30 June

Following the continued success of the Re:New Wallace Collection exhibitions since 2018, R-Space will deliver the sixth in a series of collaborative cultural projects involving a Northern Irish artist/maker and the Wallace Collection in London. This year the theme is – Time Frame and we are delighted to invite you to the exhibition opening of our Wallace #6 Residency Artist, Emma Whitehead

There are a number of clocks and watches in the Wallace Collection, and it is said that Sir Richard Wallace wanted them all to chime at the same time. Inspired by the physical journey of artworks in the collection through the hands of people over time, Emma Whitehead explored the compulsion to measure time, distance, the seasons, the stars, and the need to make sense of the connections and our need to organise and categorise our lives. In particular, the Avignon clock’s beautiful artifice and the Astronomical clock’s spectacular movement directed the research to nature to explore motifs such as the ant’s industry, the beetle’s determination and the spider’s artistry to pull to the foreground the work of the artisan.


About Emma Whitehead:

Emma Whitehead is a self-taught, mixed-media visual artist specialising in innovative embroidery techniques using various materials. She re-discovered a passion for surface embroidery after exploring the possibilities of other mediums and has tested the limits of needle and thread for over 25 years. Based in County Down, she is co-director of the artist-led gallery Top Floor Art Gallery & Open Studios in Saintfield and runs the TFA Studio Group. In 2016 she completed the Lumen Residency in Italy, exploring the themes of light and astronomy. In 2018 she spent a week training with The British Horological Institute learning the mechanics of time and how to strip and rebuild a Hunter watch piece. In 2019, she received the IDA Award from the University of Atypical for research & development of new ways of working adapted to disability. These opportunities have enabled her to delve into the themes of time, space, memory and personal history, which permeate her work.

Re:New Wallace #6 – Time Frame runs from 27 May – 30 June 2023 at R-Space Gallery (32 Castle Street, Lisburn) and online via R-Space Social media channels and www.rspacelisburn.com
Preview Saturday 27th May 2023, 2pm – 4pm – all welcome

About R-Space Gallery

R Space is a visual arts and crafts space, presenting and commissioning a programme of exhibitions and arts activity based in The Linen Rooms in the heart of the City of Lisburn, Northern Ireland.
R Space’s ambition is to increase access, understanding and enjoyment of contemporary visual arts, crafts, design, and other related arts activities.

Supported by ACNI National Lottery.
Name of contacts: Anthea McWilliams 028 92 663 179/07980494063
Email: rspace@linenroomslisburn.com Website: www.rspacelisburn.com

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Northern Ireland
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