The latest blog from Adam De Ville,  Resident Armchair Artist at The Beaney in Canterbury.

My residency is coming to an end so I thought I’d go out with not one, not two, but three installations!

I have been exploring how the Beaney’s collection of artefacts make me feel and what associations and memories they trigger, related or unrelated. In addition to the artefacts origins, I am interested in whether we can help sustain them by sharing their journey and how we see them in our imagination.

For One Knight Only

This is an installation in response to the three Magna Barons statues. When I’m in their presence I think about all the hopes and dreams the original Barons might have had for their people and the future. These artefacts stand before us as talismans for the imagination, for our own hopes and dreams.

For some reason, the Earl of Winchester spoke to me the most. Perhaps it’s the way he’s standing, as though in wait, or heavy with thought? Maybe he just wants a cup of tea.

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The Earl of Winchester is here for ‘One Knight Only’, for me, for you, for anything you might want to tell him. He has also been kind enough to act as a conduit between his time and ours, and bearer of the hopes, dreams, fears, the what if’s, the things I like and the things I don’t like so much… in other words my general state in this rather fraught time of ours.

The recording I took for the installation is a culmination of three sessions of uninterrupted thought with several variables: time of day, state of mind, whether or not I had a custard cream the night before, that kind of thing.

My previous two installations will also be live again, to explore the possibilities or ‘feel’ for a potential living museum.

(This following is a picture of a bird that didn’t make the final cut for the first installation: ‘Birdsong at the Miniatures’. His name is Dave)

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So please do pop in on Saturday 27th August from 12pm, I’d love to hear your thoughts.