This session will include a short performance by artist-researcher Kirsty Surgey, a WRoCAH supported PhD student at the University of Sheffield.
This performance takes as its starting point objects found when emptying a house. The house had been bought by the artist's great-great grandfather in 1903 and the performance seeks to uncover the story of her great-great grandmother, ‘Isabella’. As a farmer’s wife in Cumberland at the start of the twentieth century, Isabella left few records. The fragments that are left behind can be connected into narratives, but the voice that emerges questions what can be known and what is unknowable about one’s ancestors.
The performance will be followed by a short workshop in which participants will be invited to explore their own stories through creative practice and an opportunity to discuss any questions that arise from the performance.