Danielle Chappell-Aspinwall & Zoe Forster Cooke’s Studios, Barrow-in-Furness 8th October – 6th November 2021 Opening Times: Wed – Sat, 10am-5pm
© Zoe Forster

This exhibition brings together moving image work from two emerging Cumbrian Artists living on opposite sides of the coastline.

The work was produced as part of Source, an artist development programme lead by Signal Film & Media in partnership with Cumbria Museums Consortium, aimed at supporting and connecting Cumbrian Digital Artists.

Danielle Chappell-Aspinwall’s three films Hats Off, Run Free, Our Favourite Place present a journey to recovery from post-natal depression through placemaking, child-led play, art, and nature…Rebirthing identity through grounding in mother nature: fun, creative, play and memory. Hats Off, Run Free is a celebration, a liberation through determination that demonstrates that being a mother and a practising artist can work harmoniously if you find a way to work with and around children. The artwork’s title is inspired by a quote from eco-feminist Betsy Damon.

Zoe Forster’s Sankey Photo Albums Reimagined takes the Sankey Photography Collection and The West Coast of Cumbria that they spectacularly document and worked them into a new piece.  Hailing from the coastal town of Silloth, Zoe has a particular interest in the representation of West Cumbrians. By moving outside of traditional gallery spaces, the piece attempts to be more accommodating to the people living in the area that she captures.

Questions of scale and self-representation also run throughout the work. Animated by the act of making images public and the potential for people to look up and see themselves, the piece seeks to challenge the idea of the monument through making what seems everyday into something monumental.

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