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Case study 1: The Car Boot Museum

 

The Car Boot Museum was a commission by Somerset Art Works for their Momentum open call programme for the 2015 Somerset Art Weeks Festival.

The art weeks ran from 3rd-18th October 2015, but Alice’s project started earlier, building momentum, with a travelling part in the first week of August (1st-9th) culminating in an exhibition in October.

For the travelling part Alice created a museum in the boot of her car. Whilst the boot was shut it looked like a normal car, but inside there was a custom built miniature museum full of everyday objects bought from Somerset charity shops, old Somerset souvenirs and old photos. Alice created some initial text inspired by Somerset locations and the objects. Then Alice  and the Serbian poet Ana Seferovic (who joined her for the tour) created a collaborative poetic travelogue based on the places they visited, the people the met and stories and memories they heard as well as the objects.

The museum stopped at various prearranged and spontaneous locations. Members of the public were invited to both bring objects that could be temporarily added and documented (by photo and film) and they were also welcome to add their own text ideas.

The stops included: Wells, Wedmore, Chew Valley Lake, Priddy, Axbridge, Cheddar, Steart Marshes, Minehead, Porlock, Dulverton, Dunkery Beacon, Wellington, Wiveliscombe, Othery and Nunney. The museum will evolved and changed everyday in each setting.

In September the museum visited schools where Alice ran a creative workshop and inviting pupils to take over the museum for the day, both curating and creating their own version.

The exhibition in October during art weeks was at the 44AD gallery in Bath. It was an immersive installation inspired by the journey, including a film exploring ideas of momentum, memory and place to create a living souvenir – a piece of installation/text art for Somerset.

A publication of the poetic travelogue is available at the Dirty Confetti online shop.

Alice gave an artist’s talk at 44AD on Thursday 8th October at 1.30 p.m.

Please visit the project blog link below for photos from the tour.

Project blog: saw15momentum.wordpress.com

The project is funded by Arts Council England and Alice would also like to thank Somerset Film for awarding her an Ignite Somerset bursary for editing training. She would also like to thank the wonderful local people for hosting the project, as well as The National Trust and Exmoor National Park Authority.

www.somersetartworks.org.uk

www.somersetfilm.com www.ignitesomerset.com

Alice would like to particularly thank Colin Bignell who runs brilliant carpentry courses and without whom the museum couldn’t have been built www.tollhousecourses.co.uk

 

Please watch this space as well as the news and events pages for updates and images.

To read more about Alice’s interest in small alternative museums and the meaning of objects please visit museeme.blogspot.co.uk

 

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Alice Maddicott her miniature museum in a car boot, touring scenic locations, roadsides, towns and villages around Somerset. Picture by Clint Randall www.pixelprphotography.co.uk A car boot containing a miniature museum Is popping up at scenic locations, roadsides, towns and villages around Somerset. The Car Boot Museum’s specially created wooden cabinet houses a collection of everyday objects, text and images put together by artist and writer Alice Maddicott. She is joined on the tour by poet Ana Seferovic to create a collaborative poetic travelogue. The project has been commissioned by Somerset Art Works for this year's Arts Weeks Festival. Alice is touring her home county to discover the secret stories behind objects and the local landscape. Visitors are invited to bring along their own objects which can be donated to the Museum or be recorded and taken away again. People can write their own ideas and memories of the area and add them to the Car Boot Museum. Alice said: “I would love people to bring along objects with a special memory for them or an interesting tale to tell. We rely so much on storing information digitally now, but I’d like to move away from that and to find out about the stories behind real objects. Sometimes an object has no value except to the person for whom it holds a special memory. I’d like people to share those stories.” The mini museum will evolve and change as it travels around the county. Each day it will be inspired by the places it visits and the new objects it acquires. The Car Boot Museum is winding its way along Somerset’s roads, visiting Priddy Village green, Steart Marshes, Dunkery Beacon, Burrow Mump, Minehead and a range of other locations, ending up at Nunney Market Place on Sunday 9 August. Alice is using the objects and stories she gathers along the way to create an installation with sound and film for Somerset Art Weeks Festival. Alice was inspired by the theme for this year’s Festival – ‘ Alice Maddicott (left) and Ana Seferovic with their miniature museum in a car boot touring scenic locations, roadsides, towns and villages around Somerset. Picture by Clint Randall www.pixelprphotography.co.uk A car boot containing a miniature museum Is popping up at scenic locations, roadsides, towns and villages around Somerset. The Car Boot Museum’s specially created wooden cabinet houses a collection of everyday objects, text and images put together by artist and writer Alice Maddicott. She is joined on the tour by poet Ana Seferovic to create a collaborative poetic travelogue. The project has been commissioned by Somerset Art Works for this year's Arts Weeks Festival. Alice is touring her home county to discover the secret stories behind objects and the local landscape. Visitors are invited to bring along their own objects which can be donated to the Museum or be recorded and taken away again. People can write their own ideas and memories of the area and add them to the Car Boot Museum. Alice said: “I would love people to bring along objects with a special memory for them or an interesting tale to tell. We rely so much on storing information digitally now, but I’d like to move away from that and to find out about the stories behind real objects. Sometimes an object has no value except to the person for whom it holds a special memory. I’d like people to share those stories.” The mini museum will evolve and change as it travels around the county. Each day it will be inspired by the places it visits and the new objects it acquires. The Car Boot Museum is winding its way along Somerset’s roads, visiting Priddy Village green, Steart Marshes, Dunkery Beacon, Burrow Mump, Minehead and a range of other locations, ending up at Nunney Market Place on Sunday 9 August. Alice is using the objects and stories she gathers along the way to create an installation with sound and film for Somerset Art Weeks Festival. Alice was inspired by the theme for

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