In 2017, Iain Morrison became John Hansard Gallery's first writer in residence, a year that coincided with the gallery's momentous relocation from Highfield Campus – the gallery's home for 39 years – to Guildhall Square, Southampton's city centre.
For 11 months, Iain roamed between the emptying and filling gallery rooms, recording the encounters that punctuated his days and gathering notes on the organisation's epic task of moving home. He embraced an unstructured method of chronicling his year, allowing his thoughts to stream onto the page and writing continuously. This booklet contains the poems he constructed from those records, interspersed with stills from footage he filmed in and around the galleries, and the result is a uniquely personal telling of time, place, experience, and event.
Iain's practice revealed the inner workings of the gallery in glorious informality and this publication is a beautiful document of those important 11 months.
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