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As Artistic Director of Gunpowder Park and the five year experimental programme of arts and environment,
a collaboration with American artist and theatre director Robert Wilson produced The Art of Common Space.
Photo by Peter Everard Smith
The Halesworth Gallery April 30 - May 25
The Cut, Halesworth May 27 - June 25th
Souvenirs are a pebble, a leaf, a divine piece of kitsch, a mass produced novelty item linked only to a place by the inclusion of the place name, an inappropriate Souvenirs are a pebble, a leaf, a divine piece of kitsch, a mass produced novelty item linked only to a place by the inclusion of the place name, an inappropriate or comical representation of a place, or a handcrafted artwork sensitively commemorating the experience of a specific place. These are all definitions of souvenirs. From prehistoric times to ancient civilizations, from pilgrim journeys to international holidays, the temptation to acquire and collect souvenirs as objects of memory has remained strong and evolved into a massive industry. These ‘must have’ objects of memories of ‘there and then’ become prize displays in glass fronted cabinets, are relegated to the back of the cupboard, off loaded at car boot sales.
The weird and wonderful world of souvenirs as objects of memory and place has long been an interest of Eileen Haring Woods and fate has connected her with Deborah Jaffé, an avid collector and expert on the cultural history and production of souvenirs, with a particular passion for seaside souvenirs.
Over a week in the Aldeburgh Beach Lookout a new 4 part installation presents a a selection of souvenirs from Eileen and Deborah's collection, a trip around the world via Bill Jackson's 3D Viewmaster slide collection, a new hand crafted map of Aldeburgh by local residents and a chance to contribute ideas for a new souvenir of Aldeburgh.
And, for sale, Deborah Jaffe's hand made ceramics referencing seaside experiences.