The cul­tural agenda

Cheshire Life: April 2019 Three great ex­hi­bi­tions across Cheshire this spring Cheshire Life: April 2019

Cheshire Life - - Gardens - Janet Reeder

If you’re vis­it­ing Ch­ester Cathe­dral in the first cou­ple of weeks of April don’t be sur­prised to dis­cover an enor­mous pile of news­pa­pers and among them a slen­der, blonde haired man, the artist David Mach.

Mach and his team will be work­ing on his lat­est in­stal­la­tion as part of his ex­cit­ing new show Two Twisted, which will be at the cathe­dral from April 11th and just maybe pro­vok­ing some ex­treme re­ac­tions in the process.

The cathe­dral love Mach. His block­buster Gol­go­tha sculp­ture cre­ated from thou­sands of coathang­ers was a huge suc­cess when it was ex­hib­ited there in 2016 and he took part in their mas­sive Ark art show in 2017. Now he’s back for Two Twisted, one of the large scale in­stal­la­tions for which he is most fa­mous.

Scot­tish-born Mach is heav­ily in­flu­enced by Pop Art and

con­sumerism, and ex­plores ma­te­ri­al­ity on a grand scale, by bring­ing to­gether mul­ti­ples of mass-pro­duced ob­jects.

This time he’s bring­ing ten tonnes of news­pa­pers and a cou­ple of sea con­tain­ers, which isn’t quite what you might ex­pect to find in a cathe­dral.

‘It’s go­ing to be one of those news­pa­per in­stal­la­tions that I have made for about 30 or 40 years and re­cently re­vived,’ Mach ex­plains.

‘This will be my fourth in the last cou­ple of years. We built one of about 15 tonnes in Lon­don, Shep­herd’s Bush and most re­cently a huge one in Gal­way for the sum­mer fes­ti­val there.

‘That was great. It was a mas­sive space and we dug hole in the floor. We kind of wrecked the joint in the process of mak­ing this thing.

‘There’ll be a cou­ple of sea con­tain­ers in­side the cathe­dral and I’ll make a form in­side those con­tain­ers as if there’s some­thing spilling in there from one to the next. They won’t be flat they’ll be at an­gles that will be quite...risky.

‘At Ch­ester Cathe­dral it’s a bit more dif­fi­cult to build a dirty big hole in the floor so the next best thing has to be to bring all this stuff to spill out of it and be­cause it is an in­stal­la­tion, a per­for­mance, I like that be­cause it gets me out of the stu­dio. I can’t make that and trans­port it across Eng­land and go there you go. I’ve got to be there and do it.’

Al­though it is be­ing shown in the cathe­dral, there are no religious con­no­ta­tions to the work even so, Mach ac­knowl­edges that like God, con­tain­ers can move in mys­te­ri­ous ways.

‘Sea con­tain­ers have been dropped into the Ama­zo­nian jun­gle and wor­shipped like the obelisk in 2001 Space Odyssey,’ he says.

‘If you’re a sailor you know they’re dan­ger­ous things. They are like ice­bergs, ex­cept they only show a few inches above the level of the sea and be­fore you know where you are you’ve crashed into one. They are like Greek tem­ples, con­tain­ers, the same long shape, they’ve got the gabled ends in the same sort of fash­ion. For a metal box it has a lot to say about it­self. They have a colos­sal im­pact on the world. I’m not ob­sessed by them but it’s close.’

On the Wir­ral there’s also a ship­ping theme to a fas­ci­nat­ing series of ex­hi­bi­tions and dis­plays that will be on show from May to Septem­ber.

Made of Iron ex­plores how Wir­ral made its mark on the world of ship­build­ing chart­ing Wir­ral’s unique con­tri­bu­tion to mar­itime ex­plo­ration.

Fea­tur­ing ar­chive pho­tog­ra­phy and his­toric arte­facts, dis­cover how ship­build­ing changed Wir­ral for­ever at venues in­clud­ing Wil­liamson Art Gallery and Mu­seum and Birken­head Pri­ory. Made of Iron will dive into the per­sonal sto­ries of those whose lives were shaped by life in the ship­yards. Voices of lo­cal peo­ple – past and present – will take their place along­side the tales of leg­endary ves­sels man­u­fac­tured in the bor­ough which have jour­neyed across the world.

Made of Iron is part of Wir­ral Bor­ough of Cul­ture 2019 – a year-long pro­gramme of ma­jor cul­tural and sport­ing events in un­ex­pected lo­ca­tions, based

‘The ex­hi­bi­tion will also fea­ture a film doc­u­ment­ing young peo­ple’s thoughts about the en­vi­ron­ment’

around the themes of dis­cov­ery, ex­plo­ration and great out­doors.

Un­til June 9th na­ture’s cham­pi­ons are be­ing cel­e­brated at Dun­ham Massey in a part­ner­ship be­tween the Na­tional Trust and the Na­tional Por­trait Gallery.

Faces of Change: Na­ture’s Cham­pi­ons fo­cuses on in­di­vid­u­als who have trans­formed the way we per­ceive, ex­pe­ri­ence and aim to pro­tect the nat­u­ral world and fea­tures con­tem­po­rary sit­ters such as Dame Vivi­enne West­wood and Linda Mccart­ney as well key fig­ures of the Ro­man­tic move­ment such as Wil­liam Wordsworth, and early rad­i­cals and re­form­ers Wil­liam Mor­ris and Oc­tavia Hill.

The ex­hi­bi­tion in­cludes en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivists, sci­en­tists, poets, politi­cians, cam­paign­ers, gar­den­ers and broad­cast­ers who have af­fected how we in­ter­act with our en­vi­ron­ment.

In each case, the ex­hi­bi­tion will chart the sit­ters’ im­por­tance in our evolv­ing un­der­stand­ing of the nat­u­ral world and how best to pro­tect it.

Vis­i­tors to the ex­hi­bi­tion at Dun­ham Massey will see ob­jects from its own col­lec­tion that link the fam­ily from Dun­ham Massey to the sit­ters, in­clud­ing Gil­bert White and Oc­tavia Hill. The ex­hi­bi­tion will also fea­ture a film doc­u­ment­ing young peo­ple’s thoughts about the en­vi­ron­ment to­day and shows how young peo­ple were in­volved in se­lect­ing which ‘Na­ture’s Cham­pi­ons’ made it onto the walls of Dun­ham Massey for the dis­play.

Jes­sica Webb, Vis­i­tor Ex­pe­ri­ence Man­ager at Dun­ham Massey says: ‘The ‘Na­ture’s Cham­pi­ons’ ex­hi­bi­tion will in­vite vis­i­tors of all ages to dis­cover or learn more about some of the lead­ing his­tor­i­cal and cur­rent day fig­ures who have played a key role in pro­mot­ing and pro­tect­ing the nat­u­ral world. We’re de­lighted to be bring­ing some of these no­table faces to the walls of Dun­ham Massey as part of our year-long pro­gramme cel­e­brat­ing na­ture and those who care for it.’

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