New Light; Illuminating Artefacts – Paul Miller

Opening Night:
Saturday 24th June 2017 (5:30pm – 7pm)

Dates & Times:
Saturday 24th June – Sunday 30th July 2017
(10am – 4pm) Monday to Saturday
Free Exhibit

Venue: Craven Museum & Gallery
Town Hall, High Street, Skipton, BD23 1AH

Craven Museum and Gallery welcomes new exhibition ‘New Light: Iluminating artefacts’, a body of work created by digital artist Paul Miller, exploring themes of interpretation using the museum’s diverse collection. The exhibition opening Saturday 24th June comes from an innovative artist exhibition project commissioned as part of the museum’s Museum: Indispensable project.

The new exhibition that will be displayed in the exhibition gallery, based in Skipton Town Hall will display the artist’s own interpretation and will be running until the end of July. ‘New Light’ will use a combination of the museum’s collections and a series of projected visuals, mapped onto individual artefacts; bringing the objects to life. The installation will also incorporate a soundscape constructed using clips from oral histories held in the collection. This includes a recording of Patrick Stewart talking about Shakespeare’s First Folio, that is on permanent display in the museum.

As part of the project there has been a focus on engaging the young people in the Craven Community with the wide ranging collections and having the opportunity to contribute to the final display through working with Paul (MH to add details of workshop). Creative drop-in sessions open to the public have been held alongside his research into the collection, allowing the public to learn about the process behind the work being explored. Paul will be working in the gallery space in the weeks running up to the opening of the exhibition, where there will also be an opportunity for visitors to observe the working process of installing the work.


A practising artist for over 15 years, Paul has exhibited extensively, delivering di-verse artwork and installations. His work employs different formats and settings, questioning the way visuals and light work outside the confines of conventional spaces and surfaces and how random and deliberate interactions can combine to create new ways of seeing. These explorations include exhibitions; large-scale in-teractive installations; projection mapping events; short films and music videos; live multi-layered sound and video mixing.

It’s been amazing getting to grips with the incredible array of ertefacts and archives at Craven Museum – whittling down the pieces to actually work is extremely difficult, but a really fascinating process. I want to create a room full of curiosity with a touch of magical realism and inspire to engage with the amazing collection. It really is a treasure trove.

Megan Hickes, Museum Resilience project officer based at Skipton Town Hall commented,

“As we continue to develop our exhibition programming, being able to commission an artist like Paul has been very exciting. He has created a fully immersive experience in response to our collection, unearthing some intriguing objects for the public and giving them a new and exciting narrative”

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