Historic Sites
2003 - 2005

Between 2003 and 2005 Picture This produced a suite of commissions, each looking at the site and stories within historic buildings.

The three artists each took a very different approach to the theme of responding to an historic site. Dryden Goodwin responded to the scientific experimentation that took place at Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire by its owner Henry Fox Talbot (the development of negative photography) and devised his own methodology for capturing fleeting events. João Penalva's response to Bristol's Clifton Suspension Bridge and Avon Gorge was more poetic and created a fairy-tale journey while looking at the riverbed itself and the story of Sarah Ann Henley who threw herself off the bridge in 1885, the story goes, after a lovers quarrel, but, her skirts acting as a ‘parachute', she landed in the mud. Michael Curran looked at the physical qualities of Poltimore House and Killerton House, Devon and the human response to their conditions.

The works were installed at sites which were appropriate to their genesis with Reveal installed at Lacock Abbey's medieval cloisters, The White Nightingale in a specially constructed cinema in Bristol's St Nicholas' Market which has been the city's trading centre since 1743. I Can See My Way Home was installed in a gallery context to enable the work to be shown as a multi-screen piece for its premier showing.


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João Penalva

Joao Penalva researches actual events right down to the smallest detail, in order to associate them with fictitious discourses and notions.

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Michael Curran

In 2003 Michael Curran was commissioned to produce the second project in Picture This' Historic Sites series.