Letty McHugh: Anchorage

8 October – 3 December 2022
Gallery 2
Attenborough Arts Centre presents Letty McHugh’s, Anchorage. Her work aims to connect and bring solace to people experiencing isolation and chronic illness, with the centrepiece, ‘Anchorage’, a large textile installation referring to medieval anchorages at the centre of the exhibition.

Letty McHugh is an artist who is interested in the lives, stories and experiences of people. Letty’s work aims to connect and bring solace to people experiencing isolation and chronic illness. The centrepiece of this exhibition, ‘Anchorage,’ is a 4.5 x 3 meter textile installation referring to anchorages: spaces created for people during the medieval period who chose to isolate from secular society while providing opportunity for connection with others with similar values.

“My work explores the universality of personal experience, which is basically the intellectual way of saying I’m interested in people, their stories and the things that connect us all.”

A cream cloth tent in an empty room, with windows to the left letting in sunshine that highlights the tent and room.
Anchorage by Letty McHugh 2022. Photographer Zoe Hitchen.
A white bed in the middle of a cream cloth tent, with a side table to the left, a wooden chair to the right and a round lamp shade above the bed.
Anchorage by Letty McHugh 2022. Photographer Zoe Hitchen.
The back of a cream cloth tent inside of a large, empty room, with wooden panelling on the ceiling. The walls are white, the floor in brown and to the right are wide windows letting in sunlight.
Anchorage by Letty McHugh 2022. Photographer Zoe Hitchen.
White quilted fabric that has been embroidered with words.

The front cover of Letty McHugh’s, ‘Book of Hours’.

'Book of Hours' by Letty McHugh

The creation of ‘Book of Hours’ and Anchorage has been supported by Attenborough Arts Centre, Dada Fest and Disability Arts Online.

“Over the course of the pandemic, a complication with her chronic illness left me alone in a darkened room for three weeks. I drew comfort from an imagined Book of Hours. Half Almanac, half prayer book, medieval Books of Hours offered guidance for every situation and every day of the year. As I recovered I started to wonder, where was the spiritual guidebook for people like me; lost, sick, artists who watch too much reality TV? I couldn’t find one, so I made my own.

Borrowing wisdom from Anglo-Saxon hermits, contemporary artists and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Book of Hours explores what it means to have faith, why we chase suffering and how to take solace in small joys.”

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Outside shot of Gallery 1, including the courtyard.

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