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Dancing In Time: The Ties That Bind Us

25 Mar - 17 Nov 2024

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‘Dancing In Time: The Ties That Bind Us’ draws on the symbolism of rope and its historic importance since ancient times. Its intrinsic role in both maritime industry and the colonisation and building of empire cannot be overstated.

We are delighted to feature this piece at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, where it is currently on display for the remainder of the year, after being originally located at Albert Dock during the Liverpool Biennale of 2023 and commissioned by Liverpool Museums.

Dancing In Time

The piece uses the flexibility and strength of rope’s materiality to address the under-representation of the sculpted abstract female form, evoking links to ‘Grain Mother’, or ‘corn dolly’ in folklore, guardians of the harvest, representing continuation and survival – but most importantly, it’s a call to the emancipation and the liberation of dance.

LR Vandy, a sculptor based at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, was inspired by and collaborated with The Master Ropemakers to create the piece. Showcasing the incredible craft and skills of the ropemakers, ‘Dancing In Time: The Ties That Bind Us’ is a continuation of maritime themes already present in Vandy’s work.

The making of the piece

Take a glimpse of how ‘Dancing In Time: The Ties That Bind Us’ was made in collaboration with The Master Ropemakers.

18 April – 25 May 2024 

This highly anticipated second solo exhibition, LR Vandy: Twist at October Gallery, will feature a new series of rope sculptures inspired by Barbara Ehrenreich’s book, Dancing in the Streets, which locates the phenomenon of ‘collective joy’ as central to the origins of dance. Other contributing sources can be found in hunting rituals and the African spirit dances that transformed into carnival masquerades in the African diaspora.

The exhibition will also show a new selection of Vandy’s striking Hull series, exploring the trade significance of indigo. The artist draws upon traditional talismans, amulets and charms to transform these model boats into ‘masks’ adorned and animated with various materials including rope, fishing floats and feathers.