Mat Collishaw: THRESHOLDS

This autumn, Lacock Abbey, in collaboration with Blain|Southern gallery, is proud to present Thresholds, a new virtual reality artwork by internationally acclaimed artist Mat Collishaw.

Visit Thresholds and encounter an exhibition like never before, stepping back in time to one of the earliest exhibitions of photography in 1839. 

You will be able to walk freely throughout a digitally reconstructed room, and touch the bespoke vitrines, fixtures and mouldings; even the heat from a coal fire is recreated. A soundscape for Thresholds includes the sound of demonstrations of the Chartist protesters who rioted in 1839 on the streets of Birmingham, and can be glimpsed through the digital windows.

Visitor exploring the Thresholds exhibition by Richard Eaton
Thresholds Mat Collishaw by Richard Eaton
" You don’t understand how much you enjoyed the virtual world until you feel the urge to go back."
- The Telegraph

The original 19th-century exhibition, staged by the British Association for the Advancement of Science, celebrated cutting edge technological innovation. Unfortunately, Fox Talbot’s original images have faded almost beyond recognition with several of the surviving photographs existing only in light-proof vaults.  Through Thresholds, this exhibition not only restages an important historical exhibition but provides a way to view images that have since been lost.

Thresholds Visual 2017
Thresholds Visual 2017
" Collishaw has not recreated an historical experience, but has instead constructed an entirely new one."
- Frieze

Mat Collishaw is one of the UK’s most thought provoking contemporary artists, and the installation will be in place for you to visit from Saturday 16 September – Sunday 29 October 2017. 

Upcoming events

A grand tour family trail

Wed 16 Aug 2017
10:30-17:00
A fun family trail about the travels of the Talbot family. Join them on their holiday, try and work out where they have gone.

'Fractured architecture' by Thomas Kellner

Wed 16 Aug 2017
10:30-17:00
German photo artist, Thomas Kellner, presents an exhibition of cubist photography of the seemingly dancing architecture of famous landmarks at the Fox Talbot Museum at Lacock, Britain's birthplace of photography.

Family crafts and watercolour painting

Wed 16 Aug 2017
11:00-15:00
Join us in Lacock's beautiful Botanic Garden for a summer of fun family activities all week and watercolour painting on Wednesdays. We'll be trying different craft activities with a connection to inventor William Henry Fox Talbot.

Family bat watch

Tue 29 Aug 2017
19:15-21:00
Have you ever seen a bat fly out of a gargoyle's mouth or heard them as they hunt for bugs?

Chapterhouse Theatre present 'Wind in the Willows'

Thu 31 Aug 2017
19:00-21:00
Join Badger, Ratty, Mole and Toad on Lacock's beautiful South Lawn for Chapterhouse Theatre's fun-filled family adaptation of the classic tale, 'The Wind in the Willows', alive with music and song.

Mat Collishaw: Thresholds

Sat 16 Sep 2017
10:45-11:00
You can't move this year without hearing something about Virtual Reality. At Lacock this Autumn go back in time to the dawn of photography with Thresholds, a new virtual reality artwork by Mat Collishaw.