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To mark the opening of her immersive short film about Eliza Soane, Dear Friend, I Can No Longer Hear Your Voice, artist Anne-Marie Creamer introduces her work in a conversation with Susan Palmer, Archivist, Sir John Soane’s Museum and fellow artist Michele Williams Gamaker, chaired by Dr Louise Stewart, Head of Exhibitions, Sir John Soane’s Museum.

A reading from Eliza’s diaries and letters by actor Clare Holman (Inspector Morse and Lewis) will bring Eliza to life, introducing her to contemporary audiences. The panel will consider the life and legacy of Eliza Soane, beloved wife of Sir John, from whose sudden death in 1815 he never recovered.

Artists Anne-Marie Creamer and Michelle Williams Gamaker both work with the tensions and possibilities of re-animating and re-framing historical figures for contemporary audiences. Celebrated artist filmmaker Michelle Williams Gamaker works with moving image, performance and installation. Her practice is often in dialogue with film history, particularly Hollywood and British studio films. By re-staging scenes or re-casting fictional characters or historical protagonists Williams Gamaker creates aesthetically invigorating, politically astute films that rework cinematic histories. 

Anne-Marie and Michelle will explore what is at stake, what is lost, or made possible by the act of retrieving over-looked historical protagonists, and the perspectives this opens.

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This event is supported using public funding from the National Lottery by Arts Council England, with additional support from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.

Event Info

22 Mar 2022


Tickets: £15

Sir John Soane's Museum