No Frost At Night

No Frost At Night

Curated by Babylon Young Curator Sid White-Jones, the exhibition is formed of new artworks created by five East-Anglian based artists in response to a historical weather diary from 1963, written by Betty Mann, a lifelong resident of Soham in Cambridgeshire.

The diary features daily temperature readings and a personal observation on the way the weather both felt and looked in the town of Soham, Cambridgeshire on each recorded day of the year. Betty Mann began writing her first twelve-month weather diary during the Big Freeze of 1963, one of the coldest winters ever recorded in the United Kingdom. On the surface, it presents the reader with an uninterrupted insight into the atmospheric conditions experienced by those living in The Fens in 1963. However, there is far more to be found hidden between its pages.⁣

No Frost at Night presents an artistic analysis of this diary, in the form of five newly commissioned artworks by:

Read more about the chosen artists announcement here.

‘No Frost at Night’ has been curated by Sid White-Jones during his time on the Babylon Young Curators programme; a year-long professional development programme for young people age 18 - 25.

“Betty Mann’s weather diary is a wonderfully eclectic source of inspiration and a unique time-capsule in its own right. Visitors to the exhibition will be presented with thoughts on how archival objects such as this can be utilised within the context of contemporary art and can expect to see a wealth of historical material celebrating both the history of East Anglia and the creative practitioners who work within it.”

- Sid White-Jones.

The exhibition is on now at Babylon Gallery until Sunday 23rd May. The Gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday, 12pm to 4pm.

You can also visit the virtual tour, click on the image below:

screen shot of exhibition virtual tour  No Frost at Night - Promotional Image

Take part in the exhibition

How would you fill a fourteen-day diary?

As part of the exhibition, inspired by Betty's diaries, we have produced a set of fourteen-day diaries which we will be posting out to people for free, to fill in on a subject of their choice. We ask that these diaries are returned once completed, so that they can be showcased within No Frost at Night. 

With your input, we will be able to create a new archive of diaries, which we hope will provide a wealth of information from our local community, all recorded at a time of great uncertainty. Showcasing these diaries within No Frost at Night will give visitors the opportunity to gain a unique insight into the current thoughts, feelings and emotions of those around them.

This opportunity is open to all. Find out more here.

page of Betty Mann's weather diary

This project is a partnership with:
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