Art at the Archives
The final two artworks, both by illustrator Imogen Harvey-Lewis, have now been installed at the Heritage Hub.
The Bridge House wall artwork ‘Archive Everyone Together’ is situated on the wall in the front carpark and the Donor Tree artwork is situated in the new Heritage Hub entrance.
With ‘Archive Everyone Together’, Imogen said -
‘I chose to focus on the people that make up our present day and historic community. The heads represent the every person, they are non specific and not specifically gendered or aged.
Each head is made up of interlocking fragments, to reflect the layered information, documentation and history that the archives hold, relevant to us as individuals and to us united as a county wide community.
The text - ARCHIVE EVERYONE TOGETHER - is simple, inclusive and uniting, and captures a positive, encouraging and inviting call to use the service that is there for us all.’
The drawing style of the Bridge House Wall artwork is more urban and ‘street’ to match the outdoor location. Imogen wanted a contrast to the gentler, more homely style of the Donor Tree mural.
The Donor Tree mural is a colourful and playful apple tree which is drawn in Imogen’s strong, clean graphic lines. The tree which is made up of five main panels with added leaves and apples to give a 3D effect is bright, modern and humorous and we hope everyone will enjoy it as they enter the Heritage Hub.
Mrs Jones the Archives cat features too.
The Donor Tree as well as being a unique and lovely work of art is also a way for Gloucestershire Archives to thank all of the people and organisations who donated money to help make the Heritage Hub a reality.
We hope that both artworks will appeal to all and that they reflect the archive’s desire to be open to everyone.
Imogen ran workshops in Gloucester and Cheltenham and met with local people through various events at the Heritage Hub talking to partners, volunteers and staff. Visit the spring 2018 e.newsletter to read about Imogen’s research workshop at Kingsholm Primary School.
To see the Donor Tree artwork in progress visit the spring 2020 e.newsletter