The exhibition will focus on transitional activities surrounding the construction of folk costume, dance and prop in the otherwise invisible folds of everyday pursuits.
From a group of Beadnell Flither Pickers mending the breeches belonging to their rapper team, to a fictional fine artist creating a steel wired model of a Grenoside longsword dancer, the pieces will blur fact with fiction and expose the ‘inbetweeness’ of folk custom.
These works are used as a tool to focus on the innovative and radical activities of England’s ‘folk’ and their communities. They interrupt the threshold between everyday pursuits and pageantry – their liminality – and question these underlying transitional moments.
Included within the exhibition are some of the artefacts and documents from VWML that have been fundamental to Flo’s exploration of the ideas of liminality within customs. Heaving the Lead is not just a celebration of the transformative process of folk customs but also the wealth of material the collections hold and their social and historical import.
Flo Brooks graduated from The Ruskin School of Art in 2010 and is a London based artist working in painting, sculpture and textiles. Flo regularly works to private and public commission, including projects with The National Trust and the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford, and has recently exhibited at Charlie Dutton Gallery.