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let's dance (2010)

Alison Erika Forde

acrylic on found object

Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre





Acrylic, Object

Physical Object Description:

Two sided painting on oval shaped object


21.5 x 13 x 1 cm


Presented by the Contemporary Art Society, 2015

Ownership history:

Purchased from the artist by the Contemporary Art Society, 12 October 2015; presented to Bury Art Museum, 2015


Flowers, Dance, Limb, Feet
Alison Forde’s narrative paintings on old and disused objects are inspired by fantasy and daydream. Through her work, she transforms previously unwanted objects into vessels for escapism. Despite their playful nature, the paintings often refer to states of anxiety or impending peril, with her ‘story-book’ style drawing on both subcultural and high art imagery to create unusual twists and misleading realities.

One of the strengths of the Bury Art Museum collection is 19th-century narrative painting. The acquisition of let’s dance (2010) will help to develop and invigorate this area of the collection and make it more accessible to younger visitors.

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