Artists draws on local volunteers to star in new work

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An artist has launched a search for volunteers to take part in a new contemporary art exhibition at The Workhouse Museum in Ripon in August.

Newcastle-based artist Catherine Bertola, whose installation All in a Day’s Work is currently on display at The Workhouse Museum, is searching for up to 30 volunteers to take part in a week-long series of performances that will bring the project to life.

Catherine said: “All in a Day’s Work comprises of three sculptural installations located inside some of the vagrant sleeping cells at The Workhouse Museum.

“They reflect the various types of labour carried out in the workhouse during the 1800s and I’m looking for a team of volunteers to bring the installations to life by performing the work inmates would have been expected to do, including stone cutting, wood chopping and laundry folding.

“Life at The Workhouse was hard and I’d like to give visitors to the Workhouse Museum a unique perspective by turning my installation into a living artwork, with the help of a team of enthusiastic volunteers.”

Part of the Meeting Point project by Arts&Heritage, which sees nine new contemporary pieces at four museums in the North East and five museums in Yorkshire during 2016, All in a Day’s Work at The Workhouse Museum shows what life was like for people forced to live in the Workhouse.

The performance week runs from August 8-13. To take part email catherine.bertola@virgin.net

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All in a Day’s Work by artist Catherine Bertola is currently on display at The Workhouse Museum in Ripon

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Artist Catherine Bertola is looking for volunteers to help bring her new installation to life at The Workhouse Museum