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New Exhibitions open at Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery

Published on Wednesday, 5th October 2022

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Jini Rawlings: Shattered Silk and Blitzed

Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery has two new temporary exhibitions to tempt you to drop in this Autumn.

Jini Rawlings is a mixed media and video installation artist who uses interactive objects, sound and video which are used to respond to the lives of four women from the 1860s and explores the often-fragmented histories of women from different classes.

Eppie is the foundling child in Silas Marner, written by local novelist George Eliot and this piece focuses on the moment that Molly, her mother dies leaving her lost. For Jini as an adopted child this is the most personal piece.

Sarah Fletcher was an ancestor of Jini’s and was a ribbon weaver during the 1860s at a time when the industry collapsed leaving its workers in poverty

Harriet Martineau/ Sojourner Truth were both activists. Harriet was part of George Eliot’s circle and knew many ribbon weaving manufacturers and she was campaigner for the abolition of slavery. Sojourner was a former slave who campaigned for abolition and women’s rights.

Blitzed brings to life the experiences of Nuneaton during the Second World War focusing on the bombing raids which took so many lives and caused massive damage. 

The centre of the exhibition is the photographs taken by Police in the wake of the raids and the display also features oral history from the time and interactive elements for children.

Councillor Sue Markham, Portfolio Holder for Public Services, said:

“It’s great to be able to show such varied and high-quality exhibitions at Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery.

“I hope people get the chance to visit over the next couple of months.”

Jini Rawlings: Shattered Silk: 24 September 2022 to 6 November 2022

Blitzed: 1 October 2022 to 29 January 2023