Alison Lochhead


Sculpture installation by Alison Lochhead

This exhibition explores the enormous courage that people have in fleeing their homelands in dire circumstances of war, conflicts and political oppressions. To leave everything that is dear to you and under-take a journey of unimaginable uncertainties and fear, risking yourself as well as your children’s lives; because you have no choice but to try for survival; is extraordinary.
The exhibition is made up of wall pieces as well as sculptures made from clay, slate, glass and iron.
Part of the exhibition also explores the destruction of identities and histories through bombing of libraries, but the words and histories cannot be destroyed. People are wonderfully strong and full of courage. Come and mark that in this exhibition.

When people get into the boats they have no idea what may happen or what their future may be. 
I put pieces in the kiln and have no idea what will emerge. 
I have no idea what it must be like getting into those boats.

Y Fath Ddewrder

Gosodiad o waith gan y cerflunydd Alison Lochhead yw’r arddangosfa yn Theatre Volcano ym mis Ionawr 2019. Mae’n ymwneud â’r dewrder anferthol sydd gan bobl sydd yn ffoi o’u mamwledydd yn sgil rhyfel, gwrthdaro a gorthrwm gwleidyddol, dan amgylchiadau arswydys. I adael popeth sydd yn annwyl i chi a chychwyn ar siwrnai sydd yn llawn ansicrwydd ac arswydion y tu hwnt i’r dychymyg, gan beryglu eich hun a bywydau eich plant hefyd; gan nad oes gennych ddewis heblaw mentro goroesi; mae’n eithriadol.
Mae’r arddangosfa yn cynnwys darnau ar y wal yn ogystal â cherfluniau a wneir o glai, llechi, gwydr a haearn.
Mae rhan o’r arddangosfa hefyd yn trafod dinistriaeth hunaniaethau a hanesion drwy fomio llyfrgelloedd, ond ni fedrir dinistrio geiriau a hanesion. Mae pobl yn rhyfeddol o gryf.
Dewch i ddathlu hynny yn yr arddangosfa hon.
Pan mae pobl yn byrddio’r cychod does ganddyn nhw ddim syniad beth allai ddigwydd na beth sydd o’u blaenau.
‘Dw i’n rhoi darnau yn yr odyn heb syniad o beth fydd yn ymddangos.
Does gen i ddim syniad sut deimlad yw byrddio’r cychod hynny.

Sculpture Installation by Alison Lochhead

26 January – 2 March 2019
Art Central Gallery, Town Hall, King Square
Barry, Vale of Glamorgan CF63 4RW
Monday – Friday 10 – 4.30 | Saturday 10 – 3.30

The work made by Alison Lochhead reflects upon the memory of actions and experiences of people over time. The earth retains the marks made by humans and the memory of their presence and the injustices inflicted. Each person’s memory and experience is different and only parts remain, there is no ‘wholeness’, only fragments, but when different memories are pieced together they make a collective reflection and memory. 

The work is a reflection on the repetition and memories of conflict and war.

The installation consists of cast iron shoes, burnt books and columns of rubble.  They tell a story of conflict and migration as well as the destruction of culture and histories. Each material holds a different representation of memory of strength, fragility, vulnerability, brittleness. There is ambiguity in the materials and assumptions cannot be made about what is strong and weak.  Iron can be a much weaker material than paper yet we think an iron backbone is strong and often associated with decisions about going to war and a paper spine is weak; cowardice; the opposite should be the case. ‘An iron backbone’ is really very brittle and unyielding, yet seen as very strong. ‘A paper spine’ is not weak but resilient, bendable and hard to destroy. The installation explores some of these ambiguities.

Why do we continue to think we can solve our differences through violence and conflict?

There are 65 million people fleeing from their homes worldwide as it is not safe enough to stay. What do you think when you come across an abandoned shoe?  Each shoe holds the story of the person who wore it. Conflicts force people to leave their homes and walk vast distances, enduring unimaginable hardships. People have been moving across our earth for forever; whether to find a kinder place to live, or because where they live is too unsafe because of conflict or because they are enslaved. This continues today. 

'Fragmented Figures' showing at Canwood Gallery and Sculpture Park.

Checkley, Near Hereford HR1 4NF UK
See website for opening times.



Alison Lochhead © 2017