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Taking Part

Taking Part: The Waiting Room - A Pandemic Response

An art installation from Morgan Murray Arts in collaboration with local communities, with music especially written by One Sided Horse. The exhibition can be viewed during Rosehill’s opening times until 27 May 2022. See latest event listings and opening times online.

The Waiting Room epitomises two years of being frozen, waiting, being apart, socially distant, missing and being restricted.

Janice Murray and Helen Morgan, visual artists based in West Cumbria, have very different personal styles; Janice employs traditional craft and textile techniques to create modern assemblages whereas Helen’s acrylic, oil and mixed media abstract expressionist paintings are inspired by the local landscape, memory and inner emotion. When they work together, however, alchemy takes over and their practices fuse to create unique and extraordinary pieces.

They are engaged practice specialists and work with communities to develop artistic responses.

Helen and Janice attended The Bakery of Slow Ideas run by Unfinished Business at Rosehill in autumn 2021, where they explored what additional support artists needed. From this, Rosehill commissioned a research project that led to the development of The Waiting Room installation. They decided to work with people who had a connection to Howgill Family Centre, where they used to run the art department, as a way of reconnecting those relationships.

Through art workshops they explored the participants’ experiences of living through a pandemic.

Through their stories and recollections Helen and Janice were inspired to use disused chairs from the theatre as a starting point for the piece.

The artists interpreted the participants’ inspiring stories but also invited individuals to create their own personal response. The result is poignant, melancholic but also surprisingly uplifting.

Accompanying the installation is a commissioned song by Mark Whiteside, AKA One Sided Horse, who also used the stories as inspiration for his music. Mark will be performing live at the opening event.

This project is a Rosehill Together project commission which sets out to explore new and more deeply engaged ways of collaborating with communities and opening a dialogue about their needs, interests, talents, and stories.

Rosehill’s creative director Daniel Whitehouse says: ‘We are delighted to be working with Morgan Murray Arts on this timely and important project, which has enabled Rosehill to co-create and collaborate with communities on creative projects. The process of the project has been special, and we are delighted with what has been produced. We look forward to working with the participants on future projects.”

Performance times and tickets

  • Available to view during Rosehill box office opening times and events
  • Tickets
     
    Free








 
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