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Sat, 13 Jul


Library of Birmingham

Intended for Jamaica Meet the Artist

Free meet the artist talk with Tracey Thorne with personal insights on a tour of the new exhibition Intended for Jamaica which explores the sale of Boulton and Watt steam engines to sugar plantations in Jamaica

Intended for Jamaica Meet the Artist
Intended for Jamaica Meet the Artist

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13 Jul 2024, 14:00 – 15:00

Library of Birmingham, The Gallery, 3rd Floor, Centenary Sq, Birmingham B1 2ND, UK

About the event

Free Meet the Artist talk with Tracey Thorne and personal tour of the exhibition Intended for Jamaicaat the Library of Birmingham. The session will provide an opportunity to meet the artist, learn more about how the artist came to make the work, and an exploration of personal connections to the work.

Intended for Jamaica is an artist-led project responding to archives in the Boulton and Watt Collection at the Library of Birmingham.

The new work focuses on an unseen part of the archive in the collection that sheds light on the sale of Boulton and Watt Co. steam engines from Soho Foundry near Birmingham to sugar plantations in Jamaica during the nineteenth century. This story represents a missing chapter in the narrative of pioneering industrial heroes Boulton, Watt, and Murdoch, one that is interwoven with the threads of transatlantic slavery, indentured (bonded) labour, and the enduring legacies of colonialism.

The project seeks to explore the collection through artist research that has also informed fieldwork in Jamaica to create new artworks in direct response to the archival records detailing Boulton and Watt Co.'s trade with sugar plantations in Jamaica in the nineteenth century. Tracey will talk about how she came to make the work and how the project developed over many years of living on and off the island.

The exhibition will show for the first time original archive material from the Boulton & Watt Collection held at the Library of Birmingham relating to the sale of steam engines to Jamaica. The artists will exhibit new photographic works including cyanotypes made in response to the archives and field trips in Jamaica. Other archival items from the artist's own Jamaica collection and other works on show.

For details of the full exhibition programme and any access information  - click here

Talk Event Details:

Starts at 2 pm. 

Meet inside the Gallery on the 3rd Floor (note no drinks may be taken into the gallery).

This event is managed by the artist directly not the Library of Birmingham. For further details contact the artist and get in touch in advance for any access or dietary requirements.

The artist-led research and exhibition is based on the work of Birmingham-based photographer and photographic artist Tracey Thorne. The project was supported by Arts Council England and the exhibition is presented in partnership with the Library of Birmingham.


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