The Persistence of Objects


  • The Common Guild 21 Woodlands Terrace Glasgow, G3 6DF United Kingdom

Carol Bove, Gerard Byrne, Duncan Campbell, Steven Claydon, Gabriel Kuri, Basim Magdy, Wolfgang Tillmans and Hayley Tompkins

Marking its tenth year of visual arts exhibitions, Lismore Castle Arts has invited The Common Guild to curate its most ambitious project to date. Entitled ‘The Persistence of Objects’, the exhibition will be staged in existing gallery spaces, as well as a number of other locations around Lismore.

‘The Persistence of Objects’ includes works by eight remarkable artists and offers an observation of concrete things that defy change, through a range of approaches and perspectives. These may be objects that have endured through ages or generations, the immutable remnants of previous times – much like the 11th century relics found in St Carthage’s Cathedral, Lismore – or simple, timeless, constants occurring in nature in the face of radical and dramatic changes in the world they inhabit.

Artists participating in the exhibition each make works that in some way approach the object. For some, it is the changing cultural associations, meanings and values that accrue to objects over time that is the focus of their interest, while for others the sheer, dumb universality and constancy of the persistent object that is brought to the fore.

The exhibition will comprise newly commissioned works by Steven Claydon and Hayley Tompkins, alongside new and existing works by Carol Bove, Gerard Byrne, Duncan Campbell, Gabriel Kuri, Basim Magdy and Wolfgang Tillmans.

“Only stone, bronze and the sky shall outlive all the rest”

So reads one of the texts that appear throughout Basim Magdy’s recent film ‘The Many Colours of the Sky Radiate Forgetfulness’, a poetic layering of colour, image and words. More prosaic, commonplace objects appear in Hayley Tompkins painted works, while both Carol Bove and Wolfgang Tillmans present natural objects – such as shells or vegetables – that are heavily mediated yet that remain unchanged.

Presented as one exhibition across several venues, including locations beyond the Castle grounds, ‘The Persistence of Objects’ creates a new way of experiencing Lismore through some compelling artworks, sited in the gallery and locations ranging from the imposing surroundings of St. Carthage Cathedral to a small, disused shop unit.

A map containing details of all locations will be available from May 2015.

The exhibition is conceived and curated for Lismore Castle Arts by The Common Guild, Glasgow.