Arabel Rosillo de Blas – Eastern Approaches Winner Show

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Arabel Rosillo de Blas – Eastern Approaches Winner Show

24 July, 2015 - 7 September, 2015



Arabel FurnitureThis is a new installation by Spanish artist Arabel Rosillo de Blas created especially for the gallery at the Museum of St Albans.

Spanish artist Arabel Rosillo de Blas won the Eastern Approaches open exhibition 2014 organised by the University of Hertfordshire. Her prize was this solo show. This installation explores aspects of the collection. Arabel used craft techniques, repetition and materials as seductive tools to give objects and histories new life and associations.

Arabel HouseFrom an external perspective, St Albans is an affluent city where people aspire to live and own property. The city’s appeal is connected to its historic core, centring on the international significance of the cathedral. At a point where the Museum of St Albans itself is moving to a new home in the Town Hall, Arabel invites us to celebrate and question the city’s qualities and values. Taking museum archival material as her inspiration, the artist focuses on the post-war housing developments in St Albans. Estates such as Marshalswick and Jersey Farm demonstrate aspiration for home ownership and new beginnings.

Arabel Soap TileIn Freehold, Arabel constructs a series of interlocking spaces within the gallery to house a series of artworks exploring the images and ideologies of the ‘property ladder’ town planning and infrastructure. Arabel Soap Wall 2These include drawings in human hair, a floor of carved soap tiles cast from original cathedral tiles, life-size photographs and furniture sculptures. Arabel’s artistic practice consists of handmade sculptures and installations that function both as beautiful artefacts and as social commentary. She is interested in creating visual metaphors which encourage visitors to connect otherwise unrelated objects, ideas, histories or contexts.

This will be the last UH Galleries exhibition before the closure of the Museum of St Albans.

The Museum of St Albans is open 10am – 5pm Monday to Saturday and 2pm – 5pm on Sundays.


24 July, 2015
7 September, 2015


Museum of St Albans
Hatfield Road
St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3RR United Kingdom
(01727) 819340