Asta Films

video production by Kim May

Object memories – Mary Greg project

A series of short films commissioned by Manchester Art Gallery as part of the Mary Greg project.

Mary Greg collected everyday domestic objects during the late 1800s and early 1900s. She was particularly interested in pre-industrial handmade objects and wanted to preserve examples of traditional artisan skills. The majority of this strange and peculiarly engaging collection – which was given to Manchester Art Gallery in 1922 – lies in storage.

These videos document an organic excavation of the collection by a group of passionate curators, interpretation developers and artists. In this video artists Sharon Blakey and Hazel Jones from MMU (Manchester Metropolitan University) describe their response to working with the collection.

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