A summarised proposal by Amy Lawrence
“My initial thoughts about the collection were of awe and interest in the textures the fragility of the dresses and the atmosphere of the off-access areas. I have separated my proposal into 3 separate parts, exhibitions, how to display the collection and events. I wanted to create a rounded and highly possible concept for the exhibition; therefore, I considered the event as a whole rather than creating a single work to be exhibited. Mary Gregg wanted to draw children and families into view the collection and enjoy an experience. I combined this idea with my desire to allow the public to enjoy the atmosphere and clothing/adornments in the off access areas.
1. Exhibitions/work to be shown.
a> A walk in projected installation of an atmospheric virtual tour of the off-access areas, using edited found sounds in the areas and 3 or 4 interlinked films that surround the viewers. The installation is intended to be made from fragile materials or walls in a room could be used. The audio can also be used for sound installations under the stairs/in cupboards etc.
b> A photography exhibition: my photographs are sewn into material as an interpretation of the dresses.
c> Combine all the works created for the proposal to create a multi-media experience.
d> How the collection could be presented? I believe that the collection would benefit from thematic display or a narrative of some kind.
2. How the collection could be presented? I believe that the collection would benefit from thematic display or a narrative of some kind. I suggest. I suggest using a dolls house theme to make the collection more understandable for children. Also using the collection to tell the stories in the letters.
3. Events and workshops.
a>Performance of the dialogue in the letters
b>A visual representation of the mass of the collection displayed outside in the grounds, possibly using cardboard boxes.
c>A ‘Make you own collection ‘workshop for children, schools and families. The children are asked to bring along 5 found items to swap with other children
Overall, I believe that the Mary Greg collection offers the opportunity for so many different exhibitions’ and events that would not only broaden the arts scene in Manchester but also bring the collection alive and allow it to do what Mary Greg intended and provide a day of intrigue and the mysteries of the past for families, in particular young children.”