If I imagine a list of musician songwriters that tap into my psyche it’s got to be the likes of Alison Goldfrapp, Kate Bush, Joni Mitchell, Jarvis Cocker, Morrissey, Laura Marling sitting at the top.
Why ? Because for me they all have the power to tell a story through song. I can be driving in my car or sitting at home and I imagine that I’m walking in a woodland in the summer or on a hospital ward that is glistening in early morning sunlight, I am that boy hiding in a wardrobe somewhere in Sheffield, or I’m a strong willed woman with long blond curly hair down to my thighs …. Vivid imagery and magical characters.
Well, something magical is happening in Salford Manchester this Winter. The Lowry Theatre has invited Alison Goldfrapp to be the first ‘Performer as Curator’ for the theatre’s exhibition space.
The show opened on 19th October and runs until 3rd March 2014.
I nearly went to see it this morning but at the final hour I had a reality check instead! There is a huge elephant in my house, it’s called ‘unfinished decorating’ and I decided that I needed to kill the beast and claim back my home. I’ve still got a few months to go along and see the show and I know that I’ll enjoy it much more when I’m relaxed and I’m sure to leave the venue feeling inspired.
I love this whole idea of guest curators taking charge of a museum or gallery collection, or collecting artworks from around the globe to create a bespoke exhibition for a venue.Grayson Perry and Alan Measles set a precedent two years ago with their wonderful British Museum exhibition. I’m glad that other artists are now being invited to use their storytelling skills to create visual tales through fabulous exhibitions which help us to see famous artworks and possibly forgotten artefacts in a whole new shimmering and gorgeous light. Maybe the element of celebrity and popular culture adds a touch of glitter and glamour but I love that they are telling a whole new story and encouraging a new audience to engage with the venue.
Then other people start joining my list, like Leonard Cohen, Bjork, Nick Cave… So many wonderful exhibitions to imagine.
Who would you like to see as guest curator at a museum or art gallery?