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Fairground History and Heritage and the Dingles Trust

with Dr Amy Goodwin 

Sat 3 June 2023
6:00 pm
- 8:00 pm

The Talk

Join Dr Amy Goodwin, whose work appears in Signs of the Seaside, for an illustrated talk presenting the history and work of The Fairground Heritage Trust and, more specifically, their fairground museum, Dingles.

The talk will visually showcase elements of Dingles Museum (referencing signs on display in the exhibition) and discuss its importance, nationally, in preserving fairground history and heritage.

Amy is one of the Trustees of The Fairground Heritage Trust and her role is focused on the curatorial aspects of the museum: as such, the illustrated talk will focus on the collections of significant artwork and rides held in the collection. She will also talk about the visual styles of fairground art and lettering, linking with themes in the exhibition.

Tickets include entry to Signs of the Seaside, in which visitors see a new commission by Amy Goodwin, as well as a glass of wine. Also available to watch via Zoom for £8.

The Speaker

Dr Amy Goodwin is a traditional signwriter, fairground artist and lecturer. Her signwriting work is undertaken by hand – with no digital assistance or tape – and she works to commission, predominantly in the fairground, circus and steam heritage industries, and occasionally in TV and film. Alongside this, she lectures on MA Illustration at Falmouth University and BA Illustration at the University of Plymouth.

In 2020 she was awarded a Practice-Led PhD for her work re-establishing the identities of 20th Century travelling fairground females through the construction of an archive as illustrated space. Amy’s work has been exhibited in many galleries and museums – including at the V&A, Cecil Sharp House, Guest Projects and APT Gallery. Her work forms part of the collection at The Yale Centre for British Art and has been featured in showcases for London Design Week and at other crafts-based events.

Signs of the Seaside runs from 29 April – 3 September 2023 

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