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Making History

Making History

A contemporary art exhibition by Clare Yarrington

13 February - 13 April 2018


Explore the interplay between past and present in this new exhibition by artist Clare Yarrington. Making History falls into three, inter-linked themes, namely the excavation, preservation and reconstruction of classical remains.

Clare draws explicitly on her past experience as an archaeologist and archaeological illustrator to explore our relationship with the classical past. The exhibition features a wide variety of different artistic media, including ink drawings depicting excavations of Gortyn in Crete, collograph prints based on Pompeii and Herculaneum and collaged drawings directly inspired by the Museum's collection.


architectural interior with arches and a lacework floor
Roman Room VII (© Clare Yarrington)
Clare studied Archaeology at Edinburgh University (MA Hons), and was later awarded a BA (Hons) in Fine Art by Sheffield Hallam University. Based in Scotland, she has exhibited nationally and internationally, and her work is held in both public and private collections. Her most recent large-scale exhibition, ‘Remains in the Landscape’, was shown in five venues across Scotland during 2016-7. She is currently involved in Washi-Umi O Koete: Paper from Across the Sea, a collaboration between Fife (Dunfermline) Print Workshop and Mino Art papermakers in Japan, which has been exhibited in both Edinburgh and Japan and is touring to Scotland in 2018.


She has worked and exhibited with Historic Scotland, the John Muir Trust and Dundee and Kendal Mountaineering Film Festivals and has also won various awards including the JD Fergusson Art Award (2009), and the Derbyshire Trophy in Buxton (2006).


a drawing of a Greek landscape with olive trees, overlaid with a grid
Excavations (Gortyn) (© Clare Yarrington)

Purchase of works can be arranged with the artist. Please to enquire about prices.


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Clare Yarrington's website


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