The Lumber Room: Unimagined Treasures / RS011

Prior to the reopening of York Art Gallery in 2015, Mark Hearld spent two years visiting the stores of the Yorkshire Museum and York Castle Museum as well as the Gallery researching the objects and artworks to include in his curated exhibition, The Lumber Room: Unimagined Treasures, which has been engaging visitors since its opening in August 2015.

His choices include pottery, costume, oil paintings, works on paper, furniture, and taxidermy, many items of which have not been on public display before.

Alongside these are new works that Mark has created especially for the show which is inspired by the collections. 

The exhibition is influenced by a short story called ‘The Lumber Room’, by Saki, which was read to him in an English class when he was 15.

Mark explains…

“Since I heard Saki’s story I have always been intrigued by the idea of a locked room that contained treasures so wonderful they are beyond what your mind can imagine. In this exhibition, I wanted to create the sense of excitement and wonder that you get when you discover the key to the room and see the “forbidden” objects for the first time.”

As the exhibition draws to a close in May 2017, we’re delighted to soon be publishing a Random Spectacular journal which celebrates the spirit of Mark’s curation and creation. 

Pre-order your copy

We'll be publishing our journal early April 2017 and will soon decide on the final printed quantity.

The size will be the same as our original Random Spectacular No. 1 and No. 2 journals (240mm x 350mm) with about 100 pages of full-colour content. The price will be around £20.00 plus postage.

If you'd like to register your interest in a copy, please complete the form below. There will be no obligation on your part - it's just a useful way for us to ensure that those who are interested will receive a copy.

Just before publication, we will e-mail you with full details and a payment link. 

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Visit the exhibition

There's still plenty of time to visit The Lumber Room: Unimagined Treasures at York Art Gallery. 

As Laura Snoad describes in her review for Grafik...

"Hearld’s exhibition for York Art Gallery is a similar mix of joyful, odd and esoteric objects, which draws on his interest in the eccentricities of British folk art, taxidermy and crafts. Cabinets of taxidermy spoonbills sit adjacent to a crowded hoard of creamware and ceramics, as well as paintings by Edward Burra, a row of rather sombre rocking horses (echoed by a seahorse-shaped ship’s figurehead in startling gold leaf), scarlet military uniforms, clogs and an ornately painted wooden ice-cream cart." Read Laura's review in full

Plan your visit to The Lumber Room: Unimagined Treasures.

Photograph by Jonty Wilde.

Photograph by Jonty Wilde.