The Nightingale Project A new book featuring forty-three new paintings By Kate Lycett
THE NIGHTINGALE PROJECT
In March 2020, at the beginning of lock down, I was woken early one morning by what I believed to be a nightingale. It inspired this idea. On each of my daily walks with the children I tried to collect a tree, and so The Nightingale Project started to take shape.
The series of paintings grew to 43 in all, and ended up tracking a whole year, through the seasons and the ins and outs of lock down with my family. I kept notes; sometimes lists of things we saw, sometimes little events, and I've handwritten these diary entries alongside the paintings. The end result is a 96 page, litho printed, cloth bound, hard back book. It is, I think, a little work of art in itself.
It was always my plan to present all of the paintings together, which is why the idea of producing a book seemed so logical. The paintings themselves will feature in an exhibition of my work at Bankfield Museum, in September 2021. I have a close working relationship with Bankfield ever since my 'Lost Houses' exhibition opened there in 2016.
Kate has been 'collecting' trees over a twelve month period and has produced a body of new paintings - 43 small pieces in total.
These paintings are being reproduced, alongside her own copper-plate hand written notes and journal entries, to form a new book titled 'The Nightingale Project'. Hard-back, cloth-bound edition of 96 pages, measuring 21cm by 28cm, with a colour dust jacket. The full-colour reproductions are printed on heavy matt paper.