by Nicky Bird
& Lynn Turner
4 June - 14 July 1998
Located at Lotherton Hall, one of Yorkshire's more 'informal' stately homes and part of the Leeds Museums & Galleries, Haunting Houses is an exhibition with a difference.
Lotherton Hall - well known for its splendid collections of art, costume and other treasures belonging to the Gascoigne family - has become a key site for trace, a collaboration of artists and a writer. They have come together to explore, in very different ways, the theme of hidden histories. Haunting Houses is the result, presenting new works made especially in response to the house and accompanied by a special publication. Haunting Houses is not a conventional show - these new works will be dispersed throughout the house and its collection for the audience to discover. In the drawing room they will find the work of Lynn Turner and the pianos so pivotal to her work. Elsewhere in the house Nicky Bird responds to an unidentified Edwardian photograph of a wedding party, and the now dormant servants' door knockers. In the costume gallery Jo Morris constructs strange, imagined female anatomies hidden by clothes of the past. The writing of Elsa Chen presents her specific cultural engagement with both the house and the artists' works.
Through lens based media, sound and installation trace invites the audience to take a second look at Lotherton Hall and its collection. For while it displays one history, there are also some ghostly others.
Lynn Turner's work is supported by Yorkshire & Humberside Arts.
This exhibition is supported by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of England.