Beyond the Balcony2016
Following an eight month campaign in 2012, the Ashmolean Museum saved Manet’s "Portrait of Mademoiselle Claus", 1868, for the public. With lead support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and gifts from The Art Fund and hundreds of individual donors, the painting is now be on permanent public display. In 2015-6 brook & black were commissioned to make work in response to Manet's painting.
Displayed in the Impressionist Gallery with the Manet is an installation of a video portrait featuring Sophie Prins-Gapinski (Fanny Claus' great great grand-daughter) together with a sculptural soundwork. For more information on the work see:
As part of this project brook & black also worked with community groups from MIND and Young Dementia UK to support members of groups to make new work that engaged with the portrait and the Ashmolean's collection:
Overview of the whole project: http://www.ashmolean.org/ashwpress/beyondthebalcony/