NEW APPOINTMENT, Contemporary Collaborations Curator

November 08, 2018

NEW APPOINTMENT, Contemporary Collaborations Curator

We are delighted to announce that Erin Hughes has recently been appointed in a newly created role with us as Contemporary Collaborations Curator. 

Erin completed her MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art, London in the Summer of 2018. After her BA at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford, she spent four years living and working in Berlin where she was a co-founder of Cypher Space, which led to co-founding Cypher Billboard in London.

She will also be happy to receive direct applications to exhibit with us at 
In her role with us Erin will be selecting and working with contemporary artists, who are inspired to create artworks incorporating individually selected objects from the Robert Young Antiques Collection. The newly created works will be exhibited, as unique installations, in our gallery window space. 

The initiative aims to integrate and explore the unspoken narrative, together with the material, sculptural and textural qualities of antique pieces, in cross-historical collaborations. by re-contextualising them in a contemporary language, whilst simultaneously reflecting the artist’s responses to their selected objects and expressing the inspiration they derive from them. 

Erin has successfully pioneered this initiative in two ground-breaking exhibitions with us. The first, her own installation, entitled “Home Time” in 2017 and then curating Victor Seaward’s “Exponential Decay” in 2018. Both were excitingly innovative and enthusiastically received, convincing us that we should continue to explore and develop this collaborative initiative with contemporary artists and formalise a series of curated Exhibitions.

As a Graduate of the RCA and an award-winning artist in her own right, we believe that Erin is perfectly positioned in the contemporary art scene, to identify and select emerging artists, who are inspired by and relate to, our historic pieces. Artists who will create unique works incorporating antique elements in the medium of their choice.


Initially Erin is scheduled to curate three Exhibitions in 2019, the first of which will be installed in January, (further details of the artist and work will be announced shortly). 

She will also be holding “Open Call” events during the year, to explain and define the initiative to potential artists, who plan to propose works and concepts for consideration.

This is an exciting initiative for all of us at RYA, where we have been proposing the qualities of cross-pollinating selected antique pieces with contemporary art for many years and are now committed to taking it a step further………………..

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