We visited the Cultures Collide exhibition running at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, which looks at the connections between Japanese and UK culture.
Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery
Set in the heart of Carlisle’s historic quarter, the award-winning museum and art gallery has one of the largest purpose-built art galleries in the north of England and hosts exhibitions of regional, national and international importance.
Cultures Collide Exhibition – connecting cultures
The Cultures Collides exhibition opened earlier this year in the historic Old Tullie House. Some of Tullie House’s Pre-Raphaelite paintings are normally exhibited in this space and are currently on tour in Japan. The Museum and Art Gallery working with Prism Art Group saw an opportunity to explore the similarities between the seemingly very different cultures of the United Kingdom and Japan. By exploring the museum’s collections, the artists discovered a host of connections between Carlisle and Japan. They curated a selection of objects with local resonance as well as objects from Japan to explore important themes that connected the two cultures; Creature Comforts, Vibrant Industry and Natural Beauty.
The artists were so inspired by their experience working with the museum collections that they have created their own work in response. ‘Culture Collide: The Journey Continues’ is on display in the Tullie House Community Gallery, and showcases some of their fantastic work.
Each artist has been inspired by different aspects of the project and has developed work in their own unique styles and according to their personal interests.
Prism Arts is an inclusive arts organisation, a charity and is based in Cumbria.
Our priority is to develop projects that enable people with disabilities, young people and older people to engage in the arts. Our projects are always delivered by professional artists; this means that the quality of our work is very high. Our work is shaped and led by our participants and emerging artists working alongside our team of artists. Our work has a significant impact on people’s lives in a way that is beneficial to their health, wellbeing, creative development and confidence. We are leaders in developing new opportunities for an emerging artist with disabilities to share and create work like any other artist. Our partnership with organisations like Tullie House is essential to this process.