I want to let you all know a little bit about the exhibition and a couple of things you can do to experience the displays in full. You may notice, in the above image, that there are QR codes in the artworks. Once scanned they allow you to hear a recording of the story that inspired the work. There are also QR codes throughout the exhibition which link to tutorials and films, that I hope will make the exhibition more enjoyable for you. If you want to use these codes just bring your smart phone with a QR scanner downloaded from the App Store or Google Play (they are free to download).
If you don't do technology that it fine, all of the displays are set us to allow you to still see the exhibition in full. However, if you have children there is a free game which involves your children finding the Museum's hidden artefacts in the artworks. You can either download the game below or ask at reception for your copy.
Finally here is a film that I made to share the project with you and let you know some of the background. I hope to see you over the next couple of weeks.
I spent Friday in the excellent company of Robin Goodfellow who is one of the Museum's Trustees. Robin has been a huge source of information and help throughout the project and I always feel very privileged, not only be allowed access to the museum's artefacts, but also to be able to have such an expert on hand.
We have been moving things around in preparation for the exhibition and during one of the visits to the Museum's store room I was struck by an arrangement halfway up the wall, which I wanted to share with you.
At this point we were joined by another of the Museum's tireless Trustees, Phil Wookey. Both Phil and Robin are academics who worked for local Universities before retirement which has been very useful for discussing the chemical reactions involved in making iron gall ink but they are just as happy discussing fixings or display cases. However, whilst lifting a very heavy display case down the stairs we were treated to a wry comment from Phil, which had me smiling for days;
'As an academic you move a lot of furniture'.
The work created for the Muse project will remain in the Museum until 31st October and can be seen from 1pm-4pm daily.
Andrea Oke is a Somerset based artist who is fascinated by human behaviour and its links to memory. For more information please to to my website