Unfolding Origins: Meet the Artists

Meet the artists from our latest project in partnership with the North Yorkshire County Record Office.

Nick Jordan & Jacob Cartwright

Jacob Cartwright and Nick Jordan's collaborative practice is cross-disciplinary, encompassing film, drawing, painting, photography, objects, publications and events. From invasive species and ancient oaks to ornithologist explorers and marginal communities, the artists utlize an improvised working method, seeking out the unusual, poetic or absurd interrelations between cultural and natural histories.  

Cartwright and Jordan's work has been screened and exhibited internationally, including recently: Innsbruck International Biennale (Austria); Haus der Kulturen (Berlin);  State Darwin Museum (Moscow); Whitstable Biennale (UK); FIDMarseille (France); 100 Years of Dada, ICA, (UK); St Louis International Film Festival (USA); Darwin's Eye, Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art (INHA), (France); BFI London Film Festival (UK); lndieLisboa (Portugal); The New York Film Festival (USA); Kassel Dokfest (Germany); Documenta Madrid (Spain).

The artists have undertaken residences and commissions from a variety of institutions and organisations, including: The National Trust; Arts & Heritage; Forma; Book Works; ICA; The University of Manchester; Art Gene; The Swedenborg Society; Cornerhouse; Manchester Museum; Headlands Center for the Arts (USA).

Jacob Cartwright and Nick Jordan are based in Manchester, UK

Carolyn Thompson

Carolyn Thompson is a visual artist living and working in the UK. Her research and practice are predominantly grounded in the materiality of printed matter, both as an object and as a medium. Using books, found texts, images and archival documents as source material she explores the content or narrative of such matter through manipulation and appropriation, and develops it into new renderings, in order to alter meaning and understanding of the information at its most fundamental level. The resulting adaptations are visual and textual versions that reflect the stories, histories or language of the original ephemera in the form of drawings, altered books, prints, collages, installations and/or textile pieces. Beyond the UK Thompson has exhibited in Istanbul, Ljubljana, Melbourne, New York, Porto, Prague, Venice and Vienna in galleries and institutions as varied as Center for Book Arts, New York, Sculoa Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, MAK Austrian Museum of Applied Arts & Contemporary Arts, Vienna, National Technical Library, Prague and Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne. Her work can be found in a variety of collections including Penguin Books, London, MGLC – International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Teesside University Artists Book Collection and The Laurence Sterne Trust amongst others.

Carolyn Thompson is represented by Eagle Gallery, London


Lynn Setterington

Lynn Setterington is a major British textile artist and academic known for her hand-stitched textiles and collaborative arts initiatives. She completed her embroidery-based doctoral study at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham in January 2019. Setterington’s work celebrates and acknowledges the overlooked and the everyday referencing popular culture and folk art and she has undertaken numerous projects with community groups, public sector organisations and archival collections. Commissioned work includes partnerships with The University of Nebraska, Belsay Hall, Northumberland, the Bronte Parsonage Museum, Tameside Council, Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council, North Yorkshire County Records office and Sreepur Village in Bangladesh She trained at Goldsmiths College, University of London and is a Senior Lecturer at the Manchester School of Art and Associate Fellow of the International Quilt Study Center at the University of Nebraska. Setterington’s work is held in many collections including the V&A Museum, Terrance Higgins Trust, Denver Museum of Art and the IQSC in the USA.

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