‘The Doncaster Heads: Portraits of a Mining Community’ & ‘While the Whole Earth Changes Tune’
6pm online talk
6:30 – 8:30pm gallery preview
The show features two collections of work by Laurence Edwards.
Earlier this year, ‘A Rich Seam’ was installed next to the Frenchgate centre in Doncaster town centre. ‘A Rich Seam’ is a public sculpture celebrating and commemorating people who have contributed significantly to the community. The figure of a ‘listening miner’ stands between two 20 tonne pieces of York Stone, quarried in Huddersfield, and bronze faces of individual miners sit in hand made crevices, like a seam or ‘book of coal’ carved into the giant rock.
These sculptures were created by Laurence Edwards, he would meet up to three miners a day, and with each person would sit for two hours, modelling their heads in wax, while talking with them and drawing out their stories. Each of these conversations was recorded, resulting in a film that chronicles the emergence of a portrait in real time as well as the life story of a miner.
On the day of the public opening in Doncaster an exhibition of the bronze portraits will open at Messums Yorkshire.
Laurence Edwards’ While the Whole Earth Changes Tune’ was born out of a shift in approach to making and suggests the start of a new juncture in his work. With his foundry closed during the national lockdown and clay difficult to use in the hot weather Edwards turned to plaster. Rather than throwing away left over plaster he poured it into an old mould of a favourite figure. He soon had gathered a number of these figures only to slice them up on a bandsaw, mix up the pieces and reassemble them, piling them up as high as they would go. The figures leaned and swayed, and Laurence carved and filed them back, bringing new forms out of an assemblage of others.
Attendees will be emailed a Zoom link before the start of the event.