Subtext: Contemporary Art Inspired by Jane Austen’s House

In this display, MA Fine Art students at UCA Farnham present new artworks in response to Jane Austen’s House, life and writings. Artworks will be displayed around the House, in dialogue with our rooms, objects and stories.

26 Mar — 24 Apr 2022

Subtext is a contemporary art show by MA Fine Art artists bringing together new artworks in response to Jane Austen’s writings, her life, and the socio-political histories between the eighteenth century and the present day.

The show takes the form of thirteen artworks, displayed throughout Jane Austen’s House. Ranging from drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, print, installation and film, each piece responds to its environment and to the themes of Jane Austen’s life and work.

The works offer an enquiry into female sexuality and desire, the Museum collection and House, materiality, personal fictions, and representations of nature.

Yun-xuan Shi, shadow of Jane Austen’s writing desk cast by mobile phone torch, Dining Parlour, Jane Austen’s House, Chawton, 2021 (photo by Andrea Gregson)

Artworks by: Marina Aoki, Camila Aguais, Rups Cregeen, Bridget Harnett, Robyn Jacobs, Julia Keenan, Betty Lau, Chelsea-Anne Salter, Sarah Sellers, Yun-xuan Shi, Chea Smart, Stef Will, Marble Zhang

Curated by Andrea Gregson, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at UCA Farnham

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Subtext runs from 26 March – 24 April 2022. 

🕗 Please check our Visitor Info page for details of our opening hours. 

🎟️ Exhibition tickets are automatically included with House entry.  Please book your tickets in advance. 

💻 An online version of this exhibition is also available so you can enjoy it from home! Find it here…