The New Folk exhibition was created by the young curators group Common Ground. The collective selected eight contemporary artists for the exhibition. Some of the work was pre-existing, other works have been created specifically for the exhibition.
Short introductions to each artist in their own words.
“My work captures things at the cusp of change – a moon, a moth, the tide. Using the physical acts of stitching, binding, folding, printing, collecting & preserving to tether the ephemeral, I try to use the ritual of daily noticing, recording and making to foster mindfulness and appreciation of the quiet transformation happening around us.”
“My work is concerned with nature and the healing benefit we derive from it. My interest in folklore is heavily connected to botanicals and how plants can utilised to develop healing properties, both in a more formal sense such as medicines and remedies, and a less formal sense, such as the hidden or unseen benefits we might experience from them, or how we might involve them in rituals or as talisman.”
“My illustration work attempts to represent the heritage and mythology of my landscape, and having grown up the in area of Boston in Lincolnshire I have often chosen that area for inspiration”.
Steve is also the producer of Rum Lad zine, which you can find on his website as well as his illustration work.
“I am a textile and fibre artist with a background in anthropology. Animals feature heavily in folklore, the subject of therianthropy (shape-shifting) and the idea of animals being used for divination fascinates me.”
“Folklore is an ever-present theme in my research and visual practice. Hag stones (also known as holey stones, witch stones, adder stones, and eye stones) reoccur throughout my work as references to histories rich with the mystic, the supernatural, and witchcraft.”
Matt Feldman is a London based artist working across film, installation, and sound. His work often seeks to create speculative environments that weave together history, personal narratives, symbolism, and documentation.
“The fragmentary, absent nature of the past is a central theme of my work.
Folklore is often unwritten or officially chronicled, subject to change and reinterpretation that reflect the changing needs of the present.
The search for “authenticity” in a potentised, hidden past becomes a mirror for these present needs, articulating the shape of our hopes for the future or cultural requirements that go unaddressed in current society.”
“Connection to folklore is the archetypes of the guardians, the magic contained within nature and the stories that are told. These stories which are repeated over and over again but always forgotten.”
The New Folk Exhibition is on until 6 March 2022 at North Lincolnshire Museum. It can also be viewed on our virtual tour.
Website: Common Ground,
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The Peacock Family
Discover the Peacocks. A family of distinguished scholars from Bottesford Manor.
I Can See You
An experimental film created by Tracy Satchwill, drawing on the Ethel Rudkin folklore collection and women’s experiences.
Curator’s Choice – Magnificent Moths
A closer look at the Museum’s moth collection.
Ethel Rudkin (1893-1984)
Discover the story of folklorist and historian Ethel Rudkin.