Collective are currently working with artist Simon Martin on an exhibition, which will be in the gallery next year, in collaboration with Film and Video Umbrella. On Tuesday 29 November, I spent a really amazing afternoon with Simon and Stephen Jackson.
Stephen Jackson is Senior Curator of Applied Art & Design, National Museums Scotland with specific responsibility for furniture, woodwork, treen, musical instruments, wallpaper, interiors, and contemporary design. His research interests/expertise include Scottish furniture, early-modern economic, social and cultural history. Stephen kindly gave Simon and I a guided tour of the extensive National Museums Collection Centre in Granton. We saw everything from a full sized elephant to obsolete machinery on our way to look at some of the furniture that particularly interested Simon. As we re-emerged hours later it left me thinking that it was a very special and enlightening start to the project within which we hope to collaborate with both National Museums Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland’s, Georgian House.
Kate Gray, Collective Director