Flaxman Exchange

Students looking at Flaxman, 1976

UCL Art Museum is delighted to be working with artist Marcia Farquhar on Flaxman Exchange, UCL Art museum's inaugural Flaxman Gallery artist commission.

Over a week in March (11-13 March 2013) artist Marcia Farquhar has led, or misled, a tour of the newly refurbished Flaxman Gallery and other significant spaces of UCL. 'To find out where you are going you must come', she says.

Farquhar has made it a significant aspect of her practice to question and deconstruct the role of the tour guide. Her performance persona in this context is very much herself, the outsider/ insider imbued with the understanding that history is in the process of being made and as such is always 'half made'.

Farquhar's method of stitching together the factual and the fictional, critical analysis with myth and personal anecdote is the work of a consummate surrealist composer.

She confesses to taking places personally; her site specific tours of UCL address schisms, sculpture, memory, pictorial lies, profanity and femininity.

Each one was unique.

Flaxman Exchange continue with an audio-visual tour and a limited edition work (in progress).

Marcia Farqhar's unique approach to site-specificity weaves together conceptual and social strategies that permit us to unravel institutional and personal histories, and explore the complex relations between fictions and truth.

UCL Art Museum wishes to thank Arts Council England for its support on this project.

Our collaboration with artist Marcia Farqhuar on Flaxman Exchange kicked off on the 11 March 2013 with a week of performances. Join us for the Flaxman Exchange Lecture on the 8th of May, 6:30pm. Marcia Farquhar will reflect on the creation and the legacy of the Flaxman Exchange project, UCL Art Museum's inaugural Flaxman Gallery artist commission.
The event is free but registration is required: 

Flaxman Exchange Lecture

Flaxman Exchange Gallery

  • Flaxman Exchange, photographs by Jem Finer
  • Flaxman Exchange, photographs by Jem Finer
  • Flaxman Exchange, photographs by Jem Finer
  • Flaxman Exchange, photographs by Jem Finer
  • Flaxman Exchange, photographs by Jem Finer
  • Flaxman Exchange, photographs by Jem Finer
  • Flaxman Exchange, photographs by Jem Finer
  • Flaxman Exchange, photographs by Jem Finer
  • Flaxman Exchange, photographs by Jem Finer
  • Flaxman Exchange, photographs by Jem Finer
  • Flaxman Exchange, photographs by Jem Finer
  • Flaxman Exchange, photographs by Jem Finer
  • Flaxman Exchange, photographs by Jem Finer
  • Flaxman Exchange, photographs by Jem Finer
  • Flaxman Exchange, photographs by Jem Finer
  • Flaxman Exchange, photographs by Jem Finer
  • Flaxman Exchange, photographs by Jem Finer
  • Flaxman Exchange, photographs by Jem Finer
  • Flaxman Exchange, photographs by Jem Finer
  • Flaxman Exchange, photographs by Jem Finer
  • Flaxman Exchange, photographs by Jem Finer
  • Flaxman Exchange, photographs by Jem Finer
  • Flaxman Exchange, photographs by Jem Finer
  • Flaxman Exchange, photographs by Jem Finer
  • Flaxman Exchange, photographs by Jem Finer
  • Flaxman Exchange, photographs by Jem Finer
  • Flaxman Exchange, photographs by Jem Finer