Brontë 200 - Clare Twomey: Wuthering Heights – A Manuscript

Creating handwritten copy of Wuthering Heights

April 06th 2017 10:00am - January 01st 2018 05:00pm

Creating handwritten copy of Wuthering Heights

Artist Clare Twomey invites visitors to the Museum to create a handwritten copy of Wuthering Heights. The original manuscript for Emily’s famous novel no longer survives, but in this new commission for the Brontë Parsonage Museum, over ten thousand visitors will each be invited to copy one line from the novel into a handmade book to be exhibited during 2018, Emily Brontë’s bicentenary year. Each participant will be gifted a pencil, commissioned by the artist, as a tool for further writing. Clare Twomey hopes that the act of sitting at a table in the house where Emily wrote her novel, and to hold a pencil and write, will build understanding of Emily and her determination to create the one published work of her lifetime. 

Writing of the book takes place at active 'writing times' throughout the day. Today's writing times are at 11am & 4pm. Due to the very special nature of this work, only a small number of lines will be written at each session, which will last a maximum of 30 minutes.
Clare Twomey is a British artist and a research fellow at the University of Westminster who works with clay in large-scale installations, sculpture and site-specific works.  She has exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate, Crafts Council, Museum of Modern Art Kyoto Japan, the Eden Project and the Royal Academy of Arts.
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I took part in this today and it was a great opportunity. Bit nerve wracking and yet we all seemed to take our turn in a very calm and civilised way!

Jayne Eyre at 15/08/2017 08:38pm

suct an imaginative idea the artist had. What will our pencils inspire us to produce?

Dianne Roberts at 08/05/2017 11:24am

Ms. Dinsdale will do it for me.

OSCAR ARNEDILLO MARTIN at 10/04/2017 06:24pm

Absolutely amazing. Such a good idea :) Really brings the museum to life and gIves a lovely representation of how Emily would have written her masterpiece. I recorded my sentence just wondered where I could find it to listen to it myself?

Natasha Hashem at 06/04/2017 03:29pm

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