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Beyond Memory 

Opening preview 6pm onwards 31st May, open daily 11-6pm, 1st - 9th June 2013

Curated by Dan Hampson, Melissa Temple Smith, Sara Mark


 Beyond memory presents a diverse group of artists that negotiate memory in a multitude of registers. From autobiographical incident which becomes personal mythology, to the way in which redundant objects haunt us or take on the opaque quality of clues to unsolvable pasts. From the poetry of ruins and traces, the cycles of nature and its changing symbols and tokens, to the existential imprint of the elements on the land and to a reaching back to the pre-historical.

 In contrast to the way in which memory can be symbolised in objects and images, other works investigate how the processes of memory and experience can be abstracted into new pictorial arrangement, and the way in which intuitive repetitive process can create, in the seemingly throw away present, the quality of dreamy reflection.

 This exhibition hopes to create an inter-play, via the subject of memory, between the archival and the archaeological, the everyday and the fleeting, the abstract and the documentary. Below you can find some exerts from literature and a poem relevent to memory, you can also find information on all artists in the show.


Exerts from Ida, a novel by Amy Mason

.... 'It had been a miserable day and the evening sky was a flat slate grey over the lake and the train tracks beyond. From the distance rose dark wisps of gulls, and Ida froze before she heard them call, bracing herself and closing her eyes. They shrieked as they swooped and she leant forward, her mouth and eyes shut tight until the cries stopped. Panting, she opened her eyes and saw the huge mass against the clouds. She felt a strange scratch of memory at the back of her throat, as though she had just woken and, for only a split second, remembered some extraordinary dream. '

 'She reached for the diazepam, swallowed two, lay down, and stared at the ceiling - the streetlight from outside making an orange arc against the paper, the unfamiliar quiet outside driving her to hum to herself. In the corner near the window a huge spider spun a web, and behind him a damp patch had made the pale green paper curl, revealing the tip of a rose petal pattern and causing her throat once again to itch with the taste of something she couldn't quite place.'

 Exerts from “Ida” by Amy Mason, Amy is writer in residence at Spike Island and has recently written a play called the Islanders performed at Bristol Old Vic and on tour to London and the Edinborough festival. You can find more about her at    


On the Disadvantages of Central Heating by Amy Clampitt

cold nights on the farm, a sock-shod

stove-warmed flatiron slid under

the covers, mornings a damascene-

sealed bizarrerie of fernwork

decades ago now


waking in northwest London, tea

brought up steaming, a Peak Frean

biscuit alongside to be nibbled

as blue gas leaps up singing

decades ago now


damp sheets in Dorset, fog-hung

habitat of bronchitis, of long

hot soaks in the bathtub, of nothing

quite drying out till next summer:

delicious to think of


hassocks pulled in close, toasting-

forks held to coal-glow, strong-minded

small boys and big eager sheepdogs

muscling in on bookish profundities

now quite forgotten


the farmhouse long sold, old friends

dead or lost track of, what's salvaged

is this vivid diminuendo, unfogged

by mere affect, the perishing residue

of pure sensation


Dan Hampson

With a sense of post-modern camp, Dan’s work collages imagery from art history and illustration to create imaginary scenes. Mixing self-effacement and grand pretension, the work makes reference to Victorians lost in jungles, the covers of adventure stories, and old masters.   


Melissa Temple Smith

Archival photographs form the basis of Melissa’s paintings, in which she examines notions of transient lives and fleeting memories. She is interested in the way these images form fragments of possible narratives. Through a process of mark-making and erasure, using intense and arbitrary colours, Melissa explores the materiality of paint to suggest the immaterial and the ephemeral.