AN EXHIBITION OF NEW DUST SCULPTURES AND DRAWINGS BY PAUL HAZELTON FOLLOWING HIS THREE-MONTH RESIDENCY AT THE MARGATE CAVES
28 September 2019 to 19 January 2020
‘No Stone Left Unturned’ will feature works inspired by certain historical figures and people associated with the site of the Caves and the surrounding area of Margate. Using his signature material of dust, Hazelton has sculpted figures based on some of these people, whilst the pencil-drawn “shadows” of these figures depict their lives and legacies.
Key figures featured in these new works include:
- 18th-century natural philosopher, science educator, and author Margaret Bryan who, as well as running a girls’ school above the Caves, played a pivotal role in the progression of female science writers in Britain.
- Physicist, engineer and inventor Hertha Ayrton, whose stay in Margate in 1901 inspired her to investigate sand ripples – a scientific mystery until the publication of her groundbreaking 1904 paper The Origin and Growth of Ripple Marks (this was also the first paper authored by a woman to be read before the Royal Society). Paul will be including some ripple mark drawings inspired by Ayrton’s experiments.
- Dr Arthur Walton Rowe, the eminent Palaeontologist (considered the greatest chalk fossil expert to this day), who was responsible for discovering several zones in the chalk cliffs of Thanet. Paul decided to sculpt Rowe in chalk collected from the beach rather than from dust, and his shadow is drawn in chalk rather than pencil.
Paul’s journal containing his research for the project will also be on view as part of the exhibition.
PROGRAMME OF EVENTS
The following free events have been devised as an accompaniment to the work featured in this exhibition and are hosted at The Margate Caves:
11 Oct, 7.30pm – Artist Paul Hazelton in Conversation with Alexander de Cadenet (introduced by fashion historian Amber Butchart). Doors open at 6.30pm for viewing of the exhibition. The Caves and café will also be open 6.30-7.30pm. Pre-booking recommended. For full details and to book, CLICK HERE.
10 Nov, 11am-3.30pm – Human Orrery: an interactive luminous floor map of the solar system (Drop-in Family Activity, All Ages).
22 Nov, 6.30pm – Beautiful Genius / Scientific Outsider: Hertha Ayrton and her Visit to Margate (lecture by Dr Patricia Fara, Clare College, Cambridge). Doors open at 5.30pm for viewing of the exhibition. The Caves and café will also be open 5.30-6.30pm. Pre-booking recommended. For full details and to book, CLICK HERE.
8 Dec, 11.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-2.30pm – Ripple-mark sand ripple workshops with Paul Hazelton (Family activity, ages 8 and up). Create your own sand ripple work, inspired by Hertha Ayrton’s ripple-mark experiments (which she first carried out in Margate in her landlady’s zinc bathtub)! Pre-booking recommended but you are welcome to drop in and participate if there is space available. For full details, CLICK HERE.
OPENING TIMES, ETC.
The exhibition will open between 10am to 5pm, daily until 27 Oct. From 1 Nov open 11am to 4pm Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Free entry. Margate Caves and café also open on these dates; admission charges apply to the Caves.
The Margate Caves, Northdown Road, Cliftonville, CT9 1FG
This exhibition is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. It has also been made possible by the generous support of The Margate Caves Education Trust.
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