It’s big and blue and it is coming to University Campus Suffolk

Cabinet of Curiosities

Cabinet of Curiosities - Credit: Archant

No - not the TARDIS - and not Doctor Who - this big blue box is Dr Jane Watt’s Cabinet of Curiosities.

Cabinet of Curiosities - Dr Jane Watt of UCS

Cabinet of Curiosities - Dr Jane Watt of UCS - Credit: Archant

No - not the TARDIS - and not Doctor Who - this big blue box is Dr Watt’s Cabinet of Curiosities.

On Saturday August 8 the Cabinet of Curiosities will be coming to University Campus Suffolk at the Waterfront.

And the public, young and old, are invited to take along their own curious objects to have them turned into images.

Artist and fine art lecturer Dr Jane Watt’s project involves placing curious items onto light sensitive paper to make brilliant blue and white cyanotype, which is one of the oldest forms of capturing a photographic image.


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Following a successful tour in Cambridgeshire, Jane is bringing the bright blue mobile studio to UCS’ Waterfront Plaza.

Jane is a pracising visual artist who has made installations and major site specific works in the public realm going back to 1994.

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She now lives and teaches in Suffolk and is a senior lecturer in fine art at UCS.

Dr Jane Watt said: “I was commissioned two-and-a-half years ago and it has been touring, mainly in Cambridgshire.

“Peope can bring in anything they find curious - even if it is not my idea of curious - it is that person’s views.

“We make an image of whatever they bring along. We have had a whole range of things.

“It is really quite exciting - and magical every time. You don’t know what it is going to turn out like.

“Sometimes it looks like the object but it doesn’t always.” The items brought in must not be any larger than an A2 sheet of paper, she added.

“We have had a really great response to this where ever we have been. It has been all ages - from young children upwards.”

A spokesman for UCS added:

“We are asking the local community to come along on the day with items that may have sentimental value or are just plain curious to be part of the display that will be created.

“Would you like to be part of this exhibition?”

UCS is asking for items to be brought on the day, Saturday 8 August between 11am and 3pm.

Alternatively items can be taken to the UCS Reception on Monday August 3, where people can leave and register items, and complete a brief index card. Items can then be collected from the UCS Reception on Monday August 10.

There is also an associated exhibition in the Waterfront building.

Jane’s exhibition The Cabinet of Curiosities of her entire cyanotype archive of over 300 images will also be on display in the Waterfront Gallery through until the beginning of September.

More information about Jane’s work can be found at http://www.ucs.ac.uk/PublicArt/Waterfront-Gallery/Forthcoming-exhibitions.aspx and http://www.thecabinetofcuriosities.org.uk/

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