Gallery calling for clocks ahead of art exhibit

Artist Luke Jerram with THG staff.

Artist Luke Jerram with THG staff. - Credit: Archant

International artist Luke Jerram is aiming to create a ‘garden of time’ at Thelma Hulbert Gallery.

Old timepieces are being sought by Honiton’s Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) as it gears up to host an ambitious new art installation.

After defeating other competing venues in a competition, the gallery will welcome international artist Luke Jerram, who will create a ‘garden of time’.

The visit is part of the Museums at Night Festival, and THG staff are now calling on the community to play an important part by taking their unwanted clocks to the gallery.

Angela Blackwell, THG curator, thanked the community for helping the gallery secure Luke’s visit, adding: “Winning has enabled this fantastic opportunity for us to work with Luke Jerram. We need the public to help again by donating their unwanted clocks.

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“We hope to collect a thousand clocks for Luke, which will form an installation in the gallery from Tuesday, October 27, to October 31.”

If those who donate a clock have a personal story or memory relating to their timepiece, THG would like people to share them by attaching a written note to the donated item.

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Alternatively, they can speak to a member of staff to share it.

Artist Luke said: “This is an exciting opportunity to collaborate with an arts organisation I’ve not worked with before, on a new experimental project. It’s a great privilege

“Collecting hundreds of old clocks and sorting them into categories and sizes, I hope to create a garden of time.

“Winding pathways will draw visitors through the shifting landscape.

“Each area of the installation will sound different. The public will recognise some of the clocks from their home and from their past.

“The cacophony of clock sounds will heighten the visitor’s awareness of time passing.”

Clocks need to be donated to the gallery and cannot be returned afterwards.

The clocks can be any shape or size, in perfect working order or not working at all.

Following the exhibition, which may tour other venues, the clocks will be recycled or, where appropriate, sold to raise money for the gallery’s community learning programme.

For more information, call 01404 45006 or email

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