Workhouse children

Artist Graham Rider created this piece inspired by the theme of children in the workhouse.

Artist Graham Rider has been working on a piece inspired by the theme of children in the workhouse. Graham says:

“Essentially it is the painting of the child’s uniform, plus replica cloth ball on a small plinth and framed mock accession sheet which alludes to the absence of the child.  The placement and hierarchies are important to the way it is viewed, as is the white wall, as when I came to photograph the painting on the brick wall it ‘disappeared’ and made no impact.

What became of the child? I think also the concern is different to a Museum display but uses some of the techniques but leaving the painting resting on the floor makes a comment about the lack of presentation about this item.

I certainly got a lot from working with the Museum and thank you again for giving me access and helping me.”

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