Lucy Wright, Ballot Urns

Lucy Wright, Ballot Urns

By 5th October 2016 Uncategorised No Comments

LEAVE//REMAIN | 2016 Bank Street Arts members’ exhibition | Tuesday 25th- Sunday 30th October

Lucy Wright, Ballot Urns.

‘During Tito’s National Front regime in the former Yugoslavia, two different ballot urns were sometimes used at election time; the first—ornately decorated with flowers and ribbons—was for collecting Tito’s votes, the second—for his opposition—was a bulky tin can. Members of the electorate were given a small, rubber ballot, with which to cast their vote. Many stopped to admire the pretty flowers and the fancy bow; watched closely by officials of the national militia as they dropped in their ball.’


Lucy Wright is an artist and researcher, based at the University of Sheffield. Her work is concerned with the aesthetic boundaries of ‘tradition’ and the relationship between ‘folk’ arts practices and everyday creativity. Motivated by an interest in self-organised communities and influenced by the writings of the anthropologist Tim Ingold and folklorist Georgina Boyes, her work seeks to re-nuance scholarly definitions of ‘tradition’ as something generative, collaborative and fundamentally contemporary.

Deploying the aesthetics of the ethnographic display, natural history museum and curio cabinet to showcase the bounty of the pound shop and market stall, she has recently become interested in exploring dialogical processes of exchange, dedicated to a co-creative approach to arts-based scholarship that does not “turn away” from participants after time in the field is completed (Ingold, 2007).

Lucy’s work is being exhibited as part of LEAVE//REMAIN, our 2016 members’ exhibition. We’ll be hosting an open evening at 6pm on Friday 28th Oct.