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Mantelpiece Stories

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Madeleine Waller’s portrait series of people with their most cherished possessions is open at Britain’s Bolton Museum from September 12 to January 3, 2021.

When Madeleine Waller was asked to complement a series of mantelpiece objects by ceramic artist Richard Slee, she responded with a set of intimate portraits, centred around Bolton residents and their most cherished decorative objects. The project also includes six short films, in which Waller’s protagonists explain the meaning of the items they chose to present. Their stories tell of loss, hope, achievement, milestones of parenthood and family life.

The Australian-British portrait photographer frequently investigates the relationship between people and their surroundings. Along with publications in the Guardian and the Sunday Telegraph, her work has been represented at the National Portrait Gallery, as well as the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize and Portrait of Britain exhibitions. Waller also gained great acclaim for her photo book, ’East London Swimmers’, released in 2017.

For details visit Bolton Museum

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