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Exhibition, Wed 6 Feb - Sun 7 Apr 2019, £7-£9.60

Absence & Presence In John Ruskin's Clothing

Absence & Presence In John Ruskin's Clothing


Sarah Casey has been artist in residence at Brantwood throughout 2018 and the timely opening of the resulting exhibition on 6 February 2019 marks the 200th Anniversary of Ruskin’s birth on 8th February 1819.

Ruskin thought of architectural and natural ornament as forms of dress which simultaneously cloak and reveal. Ruskin’s Good Looking! puts this premise to the test. Sarah applies Ruskin’s ideas about drawing to explore the details of his own clothes and to uncover material ‘clues’ of Ruskin’s life embedded in his christening clothes, dress suit, his signature necktie and hat. It is the first time that these garments have been visually examined through drawing. Sarah’s delicate and elusive drawings ask: at what point does visibility disappear and drawing become immaterial? Her practice reflects a fascination with the unseen, untouchable and unspoken.

The exhibition and supporting catalogue will aim to provide new evidence for the value of drawing as a research method, contributing to a growing debate within studies of material culture. Amongst the series of new large-scale drawings that Sarah has produced for the exhibition is one of Ruskin’s christening robe – worn by Ruskin at his christening 13 days after his birth.

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Dates Times
Wed 6 Feb - Sun 7 Apr 2019


Included in general admission. Children free.


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