Artist's Reception; Friday 18th October 5-7pm
”Open 14th October – 10th November 2019
at Robert Young Antiques' Battersea Gallery.
"Head Case" is the fifth in a series of Contemporary Collaborations
at Robert Young Antiques, designed to showcase works by emerging artists, exploring relationships between historic and modern works of art.
"Head Case” is centered around a collection of antique felt working cones from the Robert Young Antiques Collection, and seeks to explore the memories and materials associated with Strutton's father's working life in the hat industry. Wooden hat blocks, felt hoods and coloured pins all become protagonists in a narrative of the shifting value we place on utilitarian objects and manual labour since the decline in the manufacturing industries in Britain in the 80's and 90'.
The Contemporary Collaborations series is curated by RCA Graduate Erin Hughes who was the first artist to create a collaborative installation with Robert Young in 2017. RYA Contemporary Collaborations has since grown in significance and popularity and the gallery now receives applications from a wide range of artists keen to participate in the initiative.