EXHIBITION: SPOIL HEAP
Saturday, 08 July, 2017
Excavations at Marden Henge are now in their final year, and a group of art students from the University of Reading are exhibiting work they have created in response to the archaeology of Marden Henge and its surrounding landscape.
The Museum is also featuring a display of objects telling the story of the Vale of Pewsey, including Treasure finds on display for the first time.
SPOIL HEAP is an exhibition that re-imagines, re-appropriates and re-positions archaeology and art. Experience a diverse collection of art pieces which range from installations that embody the henge to scanning technologies that investigate textural qualities of excavated matter. Immerse yourself in revived pagan rituals, reworked manual tools and contemporary artifacts that infiltrate and challenge historical conventions.
In July 2016, nine artists were invited to the Archaeological dig at Marden Henge. While there, they explored possible entry points between art and archaeology, drawing on the henge’s prehistoric narratives and the excavation itself.
SPOIL HEAP follows these experiences and connections, bringing artists and archaeologists together to exhibit and exchange interdisciplinary processes such as flint knapping, meditation workshops, experimental film screenings and schools workshops.
The exhibition continues until the 3rd September.
The project is led by Wendy McLean, Teaching Fellow in the Department of Art
Normal admission prices apply