The Pilgrim Woman, Rachel Carter

04 Apr 2020 - 17 May 2020

In the 400th anniversary year of the Mayflower voyage, Rachel Carter has developed a brand-new body of work inspired by the journey of the Pilgrims.

In the 400th anniversary year of the Mayflower voyage, artist and sculptor Rachel Carter has followed in the footsteps of the Mayflower Pilgrims to develop a brand-new body of work inspired by the journey and encounters of the Mayflower Pilgrims.
In order to bring attention to the often unheard stories of the women on this journey, Rachel is creating a life-size bronze sculpture, named The Pilgrim Woman, as part of the Mayflower project, one of which will be sited in Austerfield, birthplace of pilgrim William Bradford.
The exhibition in the Courtyard Gallery at The Collection will reveal the process behind developing this fascinating sculpture, displaying the original textile dress, revealing the transformation from textile to digital to bronze, alongside examples of her macramé experiments and showcasing the results of her 50 Women Project, in which Rachel taught approximately 100 women living in the Pilgrim Roots areas how to weave macrame panels over a four week period.
As part of the research and development of this project, Rachel embarked upon an eight day voyage across the Atlantic on a cargo ship– echoing the voyage of the Mayflower Separatists. The exhibition will also include excerpts from her travel diaries while on-board, alongside works and studies made while artist-in-residence at the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum in Provincetown, MA and The Peabody Museum, Harvard University, Boston, USA.
'The Pilgrim Woman' at The Collection is shown alongside the touring exhibition 'Wampum: Stories from the Shells of Native America' – an exhibition developed by The Box, Plymouth alongside Smoke Sygnals and the Wampanoag Advisory Committee, which is the first commission from the UK acknowledging our cultural connection to the Wampanoag people who met the passengers of the Mayflower and ensured the survival of the new English settlers 400 years ago.
This exhibition will be touring to Gainsborough Old Hall, Lincolnshire, Creswell Craggs, Nottinghamshire, Doncaster’s new Central Library & Museum and finally to Nottingham University.

Rachel was awarded a National Lottery grant from Arts Council England to help her retrace the historic Mayflower voyage across the Atlantic.


Talks and Events

Lunchtime Talk: Rachel Carter, Diary of a Pilgrim Woman

Monday 27th April, 12.30pm - 1.30pm

It is 400 years since the ‘The Mayflower‘ sailed for the New World. Join artist Rachel Carter as she tells of her  Atlantic crossing onboard a cargo ship and Pilgrim William Bradford who travelled on the  Mayflower; discover that some things haven’t changed!

Rachel Carter is an artist-sculptor who trained at the University of Derby and works from The Garden Studio on the Derbyshire / Nottinghamshire border.