Curated by Babylon Young Curator Sid White-Jones, the exhibition is formed of work created by artists and creative practioners based in East Anglia, responding to source material from 'The Soham Weather Diaries' archive.
Five selected artists have been commissioned to create new work in response to a single weather diary from 1963, sourced from a collection of archival records known as ‘The Soham Weather Diaries’ which are currently held within the care of Heritage for All CIC.
‘The Soham Weather Diaries’ are a series of handwritten journals which span from December 1962 – February 2018. Within each diary is a daily temperature reading and a personal observation on the way the weather both felt and looked in the town of Soham, Cambridgeshire on each recorded day. The diary’s author, Betty Mann, was a lifelong resident of Soham who took these readings right up until her death on 20th February 2018.
‘No Frost at Night’ will be 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.
“The exhibition will present audiences with ideas on how archival materials can be utilised within the context of contemporary art. ‘The Soham Weather Diaries’ are a wonderfully eclectic source of inspiration, each a unique time-capsule in its own right. I believe that this single weather diary from 1963 will provide a wealth of inspiration for artists and creative practitioners and hope that submitted proposals will offer unique and inventive interpretations of Betty Mann’s weather records.”
- Sid White-Jones, October 2020.