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21 Jul – 23 Sep 2012

Exploring the interesting stories behind a range of objects, this exhibition will look at how objects from the Great North Museum collection can form a path into a wider global story and provoke a range of discussions and interpretations surrounding the objects.

Theresa Easton will be exhibiting Two Thousand Insects and Travels in Time.  Two Thousand Insects refers to a reference made in Robert Spence Watson’s ‘The History of the Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (1793-1896).  In his account of the development of the society and library, Watson refers to the Societies growing collection of natural history objects that range from Egyptian mummies, an Australian wombat and two thousand insects.  Easton takes this incidental detail in Watsons account and creates a series of folded books containing at least two thousand insects and sets them into a wooden letterpress type tray, referencing the traditional craft of book making.

The work is an extension of an exploration of the two thousand insects phenomena made 2007 by Easton in which the work is presented as a series of screen printed glass pages and formed part of the Fragile Knowledge installation.  Glass pages, printed china cups, glass books and a hand printed Chap book, completed the exhibition displayed throughout the library shelves.  Two Thousand Insects was specially self–commissioned for the 2012 Late Shows @ The Lit &Phil.  Travels in Time is a folding book that enlightens the viewer at each turn of the fold.  The direct result of research carried out in the World Cultures section of the Great North Museum,

The exhibition has been researched, curated and marketed by a group of young people. The exhibition features objects found in the collection, which were chosen by the young people with no particular focus in mind, other than curiosity.

The aim of the exhibition is to display the world cultures collection in a new and engaging way to excite and inspire young people about world cultures and museums in general.

Journeys of Discovery is the North East strand of Stories of the World: a London 2012 initiative to encourage young people to delve into local museum collections. Using the voyages of local explorer Captain Cook as inspiration, over 100 young people from Durham, Middlesbrough and Newcastle have travelled through the world collections of North East museums, challenging how objects are seen, understood and displayed.

Visit www.journeysofdiscovery.org.uk to find out more.

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