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New Rik Hammond exhibition at Orkney Museum

New Rik Hammond exhibition at Orkney Museum
30 January 2015

An exhibition at the Orkney Museum of recent work inspired by Orkney's archaeological landscape, by local artist Rik Hammond – entitled '-perhaps found (perhaps not)' – opens on 7th February 2015.

Rik (who has been based in Orkney since 2004) was the Orkney World Heritage Site artist-in-residence between 2011 and 2012 and has continued developing art work on the theme of art and archaeology ever since.

His latest exhibition – the title of which is taken from the poem 'Standing Stones of Stenness' by Orcadian film maker and poet Margaret Tait (published in Subjects and Sequences 1960) – is a selection of works developed mostly throughout 2014 and features a number of archaeological sites in Orkney - including the Ness of Brodgar and The Cairns Project excavations in South Ronaldsay.

The exhibition includes field drawings made on-site, photographs and digital prints, plus a series of video works by the artist put together especially for the exhibition. It also features a series of small paintings on paper – also taking the title from the line in Margaret Tait's poem – which Rik describes as “more of a meditation on a certain type of archaeological landscape, and my experience and memory of it, rather than a direct visual representation of it.”

Rik commented, “I'm delighted to be showing at the Museum once again and I'm excited about the opportunity to bring together some of the work made out in the field during the 2014 excavation season and work developed later in my studio, under one roof.”

An image from Rik Hammond's new exhibition

Rik added, “I'd like to thank Martin Carruthers and Nick Card, site directors at The Cairns Project and the Ness of Brodgar, for kindly inviting me to the excavations and their continued support. It's always a real pleasure and privilege to be able to work so close to the teams at the digs and everyone always makes me feel very welcome. Also, a big credit must go to James Moore – archaeologist and lecturer at the Archaeology Institute UHI – with whom I often collaborate. Much of the work in the exhibition has developed from conversations and time spent with James. He and I are also establishing a new art and archaeology project, focusing on a landscape around Yesnaby in Sandwick, and we're looking forward to developing future collaborative work, both with students, other archaeologists and project volunteers, over the coming seasons.”

Rik is also busy at the Museum with a companion project: currently undertaking a 12 month visual arts research project throughout 2015 - focusing on the collections, stores and curated spaces of the Orkney Museum – which has been supported by a Creative Scotland Artist Bursary and Orkney Islands Council's Arts, Museums and Heritage Service.

You can find out more about Rik's work on www.rikhammond.com and www.facebook.com/rikhammond.artist and follow his year in the Orkney Museum at www.ayearintheorkneymuseum.com.

'-perhaps found (perhaps not)' runs at the Orkney Museum, Tankerness House, from 7th - 28th February 2015. The Orkney Museum is open Monday to Saturday 10:30-12:30 and 1:30-5:00. Admission is free