Time Was is an upcoming three-day exhibition at Walcot Chapel in Bath. Our Arts Editor, Amy Frost, gives you all the details you need to know.


Time Was is a group collaboration where each artist responded to the theme ‘time was’; exploring the why, where, when, what, who, if and how in an art form.

The exhibition will contain a variety of media including sculpture, photography, installation, sound and performance.  Audiences will also get the chance to interact with daily special events, such as making artworks with the artists and seeing them being made live.

The exhibition preview will be open to all Bath Spa University students, staff, family and special guests from 6.30-8.30pm on February 13th.

It will be open to the public at Walcot Chapel, Bath from the February 14th – 17th and will be open daily from 11am-4pm.

This is a unique exhibition at Walcot Chapel, that is certainly not to be missed!


 Shirley Alderton: Exploring Why.

Small scale objects represent the passing of time, captured within the pages of a newspaper. Discarded materials with no apparent context are used to explore years, months, days, minutes, seconds and, the now and then.

ShirleyAlderton, Untitled, 2018, Dimensions Variable
Shirley Alderton (2018) Untitled, size variable. © Shirley Alderton

Lucrezia Di Canio: Exploring Where.

Circles are historically associated with the ideas of totality and eternity.  Di Canio aims to challenge this concept, by giving the circular shape a beginning and an end.

Three performances that consist of the artist drawing with charcoal on paper will be installed on the floor.  Within the exhibition she will invite a member of the audience to choose between different pieces of charcoal, which will dictate the duration of her performance.

Lucrezia Di Canio, (2018). Wrist Circle Charcoal on paper. 29.7 x 21 cm
Lucrezia Di Canio (2018) Wrist Circle, charcoal on paper. 29.7 x 21 cm. © Lucrezia Di Canio

Juliet Duckworth: Exploring When.

Exploring ideas of regeneration and preservation, Duckworth looks at the earth’s natural surface and how it is altered by time. She makes multimedia artworks inspired by the imprints and scars on the surface made by animals and man’s footfall. Her work is a combination of two and three-dimensional artworks.

Juliet Duckworth, (2019) Bogman 1, acrylic paint on slate, 45 x 22cm
Juliet Duckworth (2019) Bogman 1, acrylic paint on slate, 45 x 22cm. © Juliet Duckworth

Jennifer Jenkins: Exploring What.

Jenkins combines the real and unreal by offering an abstracted world in time, linked through printed images.  “Individual visual representation such as texts, paintings and drawings are interpretations unlike photographic images that are more about miniature realities.”

Jennifer Jenkins,( 2018), site related Image, 30 x 45 cm approx
Jennifer Jenkins (2018) Walcot in February, site related image, 30 x 45 cm approx. © Jennifer Jenkins

Eleanor Roche: Exploring Who.

Human experience changes radically with the onset of an industrial revolution.  The aim of the Roche’s work is to offer fractured emotional artefacts, that disturb complacency and equilibrium and consider the personal impact of such change.  Her featured works are textile print wall-hangings and print moving installations.

Eleanor Roche, (2018) Cotton House 1, plastic pole, metal stand, Hosho paper, oil-based printing ink, motor, 120 x 213 cm.
Eleanor Roche (2018) Cotton House 1, plastic pole, metal stand, hosho paper, oil-based printing ink, motor, 120 x 213 cm. © Eleanor Roche

Lea Rose Kara: Exploring If.

Kara explores whether something as abstract as time, could ever be fully captured. She documents the way material expands and changes shape through print and photograms.  She also embraces chance in her work and  plays with the process of order and disorder, often not knowing the outcome until the very end.

Lea Rose Kara, (2019) X, Gelatin Silver Print on Paper, 48.4 x 58.5 cm
Lea Rose Kara (2019) X, gelatin silver print on paper, 48.4 x 58.5 cm. © Lea Rose Kara

Chrissie Thornhill: Exploring How.

Thornhill’s work is a video with accompanying text.  It captures her walking and contains moments in time that will never be the same again.  The action of the walk, her movement, the speed, the sounds and the colours are all part of how it took place.

Chrissie Thornhill, (2018), Mutability, still from video
Chrissie Thornhill (2018) Mutability, still from video. © Chrissie Thornhill


Words by Amy Frost & Lea Kara

Featured Image: Lucrezia Di Canio (2018) Wrist Circle, charcoal on paper. 29.7 x 21cm © Lucrezia Di Canio

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