In the Peaceful Dome concludes Bluecoat's 300th anniversary programme and reflects on the role of art and the artist throughout the history of Bluecoat's building.
The exhibition brings together historic and contemporary art, new commissions and archival material to set up conversations across time. It traces threads that connect points from Bluecoat's past with the present.
A highlight of the exhibition is Jacob Epstein's marble sculpture, Genesis, first exhibited at Bluecoat in 1931; nearly 50,000 visitors paid six pence to see what was at the time Britain's most controversial sculpture. For In the Peaceful Dome, Epstein's sculpture has been given a new context among recent and revisted work by Jo Stockham, including her iconic feminist sculpture, Canon.
Recent work and new commissions by artists Joanne Masding, Uriel Orlow, Dan Coopey, Sumuyya Khader and The Granchester Pottery reflect on archival material, resonate with the past and prompt us to ask questions of this 300 year material history.
The Grantchester Pottery's specially commissioned wallpaper takes motifs from the modernist pioneer Edward Carter Preston, an early 20th century tenant of Bluecoat's studios. Meanwhile both Uriel Orlow and Grace Ndiritu bring the histories of trade, politics and empire into focus through works which address cultural appropriation and colonial legacies.
The Henry Moore Foundation awarded £3,000 towards this exhibition.
In The Peaceful Dome opened at Bluecoat on 13 October 2017 and continues until 8 April 2018. Entrance is free. For more information see www.thebluecoat.org.uk.