Creativity in the Bronze Age: A Response, The Makers Engagement Project.
Marton, Helen (2012) Creativity in the Bronze Age: A Response, The Makers Engagement Project. [Artwork]
|Abstract / Summary:||
An intervention into the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Cambridge’s World Archaeology Gallery, Creativity in the Bronze Age: A Response presents works by seven contemporary craft artists alongside Bronze Age items from the museums collections. Sited in and around six iconic hundred-year-old display cases the display is a direct expression of the artists’ engagement with the creativity and craft of the European Bronze Age, c. 2500 – 800 BC.
Through an eighteen-month exploration of Bronze Age creativity as part of the CinBA Maker Engagement Project, the artists have experienced excavations first- hand, handled collections at major international museums, and explored key sites alongside archaeologists.
This exhibition maps these experiences through their own work, and encourages a dialogue between contemporary and prehistoric creativity.
|Additional Information:||This research project produced a series of physical artefacts for exhibition. The project was under the aegis of ‘Creativity and Craft Production in the Middle and Late Bronze Age (CinBA),’ a three-year cross-disciplinary HERA-funded project led by Dr. Jo Sofaer at the University of Southampton. CinBA partners were the University of Cambridge, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, The Archaeological Museum – Zagreb, National Museum of Denmark, Natural History Museum Vienna, and the Crafts Council. The project uniquely sutures crafting and archaeological practices., My rôle within the wider project was to offer a contemporary crafts response to Bronze Age artefacts in a maker’s engagement project. The maker’s engagement explores the geneses of creative possibilities and their subsequent adaptation throughout the longue dureé. Made objects are foregrounded as bases for innovative heritage experiences wherein the creative potential of objects are explored as offering new roles for contemporary craft. The principal output from this project has been objects produced for exhibition. There has also been a paper presented at the final conference, University of Cambridge, Magdalene College in April 2013, ‘Creativity: An exploration as a maker in the CinBA Project.’, CinBA outputs have circulated through the CinBA website, the HERA project network and the HERA website. My personal outputs have disseminated through the CinBA website, two exhibitions and a feature in Crafts Magazine. • University of Cambridge April 2013 Creativity: An exploration as a maker in the CinBA Project.’ • Crafts Magazine July/August 2013 - Crafts Council executive director, Rosie Greenlees: Inside Edge Article.|
|Depositing User:||Helen Marton|
|Date Deposited:||06 Dec 2013 14:20|
|Last Modified:||25 Feb 2014 11:16|
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