Breathing Space.

Broadhead, Caroline and Miller, Graeme (2005) Breathing Space. [Show/Exhibition]


The site-specific installation, Breathing Space, was the inaugural commission for York Museums Trust‘s new visual arts space at York St Mary‘s in 2005, and was funded by the Arts Council of England, York Museums Trust and Middlesex University. It is an example of Broadhead's recent work that develops new ways of encountering artwork in non gallery spaces (The Waiting Game, Upnor Castle, 1997; Drift, 2002, Pitshanger Manor, London).

Explorative practice-based research investigated ways of creating a powerful, secular work that communicated to a wide range of ages, backgrounds and beliefs. All the elements of architecture which contribute to atmosphere were considered. Building upon and distilling this information and following a tight conceptual framework, the piece explored containment and separation, oppression and uplift; accessibility and inaccessibility, different viewpoints and a sense of stillness.

Broadhead collaborated with sound artist Graeme Miller (Centre for Research into Creation in the Performing Arts, MU). A publication was produced to record and contextualise the piece, with an essay by Lynne Green and photographs by Jerry Hardman Jones. A strong education programme was organised, with various workshops and other events. The exhibition recorded 24,500 visitors. Comments in the visitor's books verified the intentions of the installation.

A public talk by Broadhead and discussion on the Breathing Space project was held at the York Art Gallery.

Alongside, Broadhead exhibited work in newly refurbished York Art Gallery (Tunnel Dress, 1999), and the Castle Museum (jewellery 1970s, 1980s) allowing a retrospective view of her career in three different venues across the city.

Preview: Selvedge magazine, Dec 05, p7

Guardian Guide preview, 28.05.05, p37, Robert Clark

Venue Details

  1. Breathing Space.
    • Location: York St. Mary's, York.
    • Dates: May 2005

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts
A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Performing Arts > Centre for Research into Creation in the Performing Arts (ResCen)
Item ID: 471
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Depositing User: Repository team
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2008 13:01
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2022 11:32

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