Clare Thornton

Theatre Collection Inaugural Artist In Residence

University of Bristol Theatre Collection

August – November 2011



Unfurl: A Work in Two Parts

Part I: Performance Installation

Red Lodge Museum, Bristol

3rd September 2011

Rogelio Vallejo (performer) and Zoe Childerley (photography)

A Tudor Lodge, the opulent setting for a tableau poised to unfurl. Pleats of delicate cloth, lengths of red ribbon, a model posing for his painter. As the piece unfolds, the artist’s material transforms the scene in our midst.

“Extremely compelling piece – beautifully choreographed!” (Audience comment).

Unfurl, Red Lodge Museum – site-specific performance installation – door structure fabricated by Plenderleith & Scantlebury – photo: Zoe Childerley

Click here to view an extract of video documentation.


Part II: Exhibition and Talks Programme

University of Bristol Theatre Collection, Park Row

September-November 2011

The Unfurl project was framed by my research into depictions of the Fold in paintings, historical interiors and in critical texts. This research was furthered during my inaugural Artist in Residence with the University of Bristol Theatre Collection. Through the production of objects, garments and writing I explored site specificity, processes of display, concealment and transformation.

An essay by researcher, Kate Holmes, reflecting on the residency project is available here on the Theatre Bristol website

Unfurl for Sarah Bernhardt, sculptural work, print, wire, wood

‘Unfurl for Sarah Bernhardt’ – sculpture (print, wire, wood) – inspired by a costume piece in the Mander and Mitchenson Collection, University of Bristol Theatre Collection