Reframing Sheldon – Illustrating Warwickshire’s heritage through digital arts

Produced by the County Arts Service and supported by Warwick District Council, the Reframing Sheldon project aims to explore how digital arts and creative technologies can be used to shed new light on the Warwickshire’s museum collections and sites. Using the Sheldon Tapestry as a focal point, three digital artists have been commissioned to create new artworks using digital practices in response to the tapestry.

The new artworks will be installed and available to view at Market Hall Museum from mid August to the end September 2015. As Market Hall Museum closes for renovation work at the end of September, this will be an exciting opportunity to see the Reframing Sheldon display in Warwick before the museum reopens again in Summer 2016.

The Tapestry

The Sheldon Tapestry

The Sheldon Tapestry

The Sheldon Tapestry is one of four tapestry maps commissioned in 1570 by Ralph Sheldon to decorate his home, Weston House in Warwickshire. The Warwickshire map (currently on display in Market Hall Museum) is the only one to remain complete, after the others were damaged during the Civil War. For more information on the Sheldon Tapestry click here.

The Artists and their artworks

Laura Kriefman is an award winning Choreographer and Creative Technologist. She is a 2011-2012 Fellow of the Clore Cultural Leadership Programme, and the Royal Society of the Arts and a board member for the international renowned Museum of Broken Relationships (having produced the premiere UK transfer to national critical acclaim).

Laura has created a new contemporary tapestry, depicting her own artistic response to the Sheldon Tapestry and drawing on inspiration from local people and Warwickshire as a whole. Laura has used digital design and embroidery techniques to create this tapestry.

Tapestry work in progress... Image courtesy of Laura Kriefman

Tapestry -work in progress. Image courtesy of Laura Kriefman

Orly Orbach is a visual artist, whose work explores participatory and interactive ways of making narratives come to life. previous clients include the British Museum, the London Transport Museum, the Bronte Parsonage Museum, the South Bank Centre and Royal Festival Hall, Creativity Works, Dandelion Projects, and the William Morris Gallery.

Orly has been working with young people from the Warwickshire CiCC (Children in Care Council), exploring the history and function of maps through a range of artistic workshops. The group have created a new digitally printed map sharing the perspectives and stories of a group of young people from Warwickshire.

Orly's workshop Image courtesy Orly Orbach

Artwork created during Orly’s workshop.

Dom Breadmore  is the Creative Director of Ludic Rooms, a postdigital arts organisation led by a collaborative approach and passion for creative technology.

With support from Warwickshire Children and Youth Voluntary Services, Dom has been working with two groups of Young Carers. They are exploring the theme of trees in relation to Warwickshire’s rural landscape, and the groups recently participated in an exciting tree climbing day at Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve. Dom will be creating a film, which will be projected 360 degrees inside a pop-up tent structure at Market Hall Museum.

Kenilworth as shown on the Sheldon Tapestry. Dom has taken the trees as a starting point for his film.

Kenilworth as shown on the Sheldon Tapestry. Dom has taken the trees in the design as a starting point for his film.

Please follow this link to view the Reframing Sheldon press release.