Artist in Residence Sarah Taylor Silverwood – Week 2

It has been a really busy second week and I’ve been meeting many members of the public and staff here. On Wednesday afternoons I have an open studio, and last week lots of people came in to see the work I’m making and chat about what they have been doing in the gallery. It has been fascinating to be right in the midst of the ebb and flow of the gallery.

I had a meeting with Curator Victoria Osborne this week, and she showed me a selection of works from BMAG’s incredible stores.

An archival box from the art stores

Sarah's written notes and artwork from the stores

I have tried to be quite focussed with my research as it is easy to get carried away with the vast collection! I want to spend some time looking at landscapes, works on paper, drawing, technique, Birmingham-related landscapes and objects connected with Birmingham’s industrial heritage. The works that Victoria showed me were mainly drawings or prints on paper. There is nothing quite like seeing the works unframed. It was particularly interesting to investigate the sorts of paper used and see inscriptions on the back of drawings.

I saw a variety of works by Samuel Lines (1778-1863), a significant artist who focussed many of his works on the Birmingham Landscape. Many of his drawings depict the (very different!) 19th century landscape of Birmingham. This drawing is called View from No 3 Temple Row West (presumable from his home which was on Temple Row).

View from No 3 Temple Row West by Samuel Lines

This detailed tree drawing was made by Henry Harris Lines in 1826 (son of Samuel Lines).

Drawing of a tree by Henry Harris Lines

I love this piece made by Birmingham artist Alice Barnwell. She has used two different shades of ink to distinguish the foreground and background.

Drawing of trees by Alice Barnwell

This print depicts the Hall of Memory (another Alice Barnwell). Victoria explained how they acquired two of this particular print because one of them had a written inscription but was not as good quality as this one.

Print of the Hall of Memory by Alice Barnwell

Finally, one of my favourite things I have seen here is a book of drawings that were done by Jocelyn Gaskin as a child. These beautiful, lively drawings were all made when she was about 9 years old, around 100 years ago. As a big comic book fan myself, it was great to see some comic-like drawings in the collection!

Drawing by Jocelyn Gaskin of her father playing golf

Drawing of a child by Jocelyn Gaskin

Drawing of a teacher by Jocelyn Gaskin

Drawing of a man holding flowers by Jocelyn Gaskin

Finally here are a few books I’ve been looking at ready for a visit to the Museum Collections Centre with history Curator Jo-Ann Curtis next week. I’ll be looking at works by Alan Edward Everett, Frank Lockwood, Arthur Lockwood and Samuel Lines.

Open books

Come and take a closer look at my work every Wednesday (until 16th Oct) at my open studio sessions in the Activity Zone between 1pm and 4pm.  I will also be running a free family drawing workshop on Saturday 12th October from 1pm – 3pm. Visit the BMAG website for more information: http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=2918

Sarah Taylor Silverwood,
Whitworth Wallis Artist in Residence

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