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Mark Fairnington: Relics
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5933833Mark Fairnington: Relics
DateFriday 27th March 2020 to Saturday 20th June 2020
DescriptionRelics is an exhibition of paintings by Mark Fairnington displayed alongside important items from the collections of Ushaw Historic House, Chapels and Gardens, Durham. Inspired by objects from Ushaw's extensive permanent collection, Relics comprises 36 paintings by Fairnington displayed alongside important items from Ushaw's holdings. The exhibition features significant works from Fairnington's career, including paintings from the Collected Human and Collected and Possessed series together with Specimen 11, his monumental obsessively realist depiction of a leaf insect. Fairnington's paintings are shown alongside items from Ushaw's renowned collection of religious relics including a reliquary containing a sample of St Theresa's blood and fragments of the True Cross. Other exhibits from Ushaw's holdings include St Cuthbert's Ring, a medieval gold and sapphire ring removed from the Saint's tomb at the time of the Reformation, a 19th century sculpture depicting the martyrdom of St Cecelia and a copy of Mark Catesby's Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands (1747), the first published record of the animal and plant life of North America. Relics explores notions of representation; as Fairnington commented, 'Running through the show is the concept of a representation as evidence, of something seen, witnessed and recorded. The representation presents itself as a truth however believable or unbelievable the thing represented is.' Lucy Jenkins, Ushaw's Heritage and Curatorial Director said, 'we are very excited to be showing an exhibition of Mark Fairnington's stunning paintings in a way that makes connections with the historic collections at Ushaw. Mark's interest in the nature of collecting, in realism and the representation of human and natural history has strong resonance with Ushaw as a place of faith and learning.'
Time(s)Mon-Sat 11am-4pm, last adm 3pm, closed Mar 27-Apr 30, ends Jun 20
LocationUshaw Historic House, Chapels and Gardens
AddressUshaw College
Post codeDH7 9RH
Telephone No. 01913345119
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