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In this exhibition, artists Louise Atkinson and Christian Edwardes explore the souvenir: that beloved pocket money treasure, that embodiment of kitch, that memento of a unique encounter that can never be revisited in its ‘original’ sense.
Louise Atkinson’s collection of forty-eight iconic sculptural ‘souvenirs’ represents cities in England. Vibrant and colourful creations inspired by heraldic imagery, they incorporate cultural landmarks, mythology, and historical / contemporary figures from each respective region.
Christian Edwardes’ work engages with various aspects of heritage and topography, considering souvenirs as more than nostalgic remains of extraordinary places and occurrences.
Louise Atkinson recently graduated with a practice-led PhD from the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds. Louise’s work in this exhibition were originally exhibited in Leeds earlier this year, as part of her thesis: Souvenirs from the British Isles: Archiving, Curating, and Collecting in Contemporary Art Practice.
Image: Souvenirs from the British Isles, Louise Atkinson