Match 2015
Match (2015), 38 metre Public Artwork, Commissioned by MiMA, Stockton Council and Castelgate Shopping Centre, Stockton
Match 2
Match (2015), 38 metre Public Artwork, Commissioned by MiMA, Stockton Council and Castelgate Shopping Centre, Stockton
Match 2013
Match 2013
Match frame on wall
John Walker, Congreve Match c1827, 2015 Archival pigment print , 8 x 13 cm Sarah Pickering Number 1 from edition of 50 prints for REFOCUS 2015 mima Castlegate Photography Prize John Walker, Congreve Match c1827 Edition prints are 1 to 1 scale photographs of John Walker's Congreve Friction Match from c1827. The archival pigment prints are available unframed or framed in dark stained and waxed ash with museum glass.
J Walker Congreve Match
John Walker, Congreve Match c1827, 2015 Archival pigment print , 8 x 13 cm Sarah Pickering Number 1 from edition of 50 prints for REFOCUS 2015 mima Castlegate Photography Prize John Walker, Congreve Match c1827 Edition prints are 1 to 1 scale photographs of John Walker's Congreve Friction Match from c1827. The archival pigment prints are available unframed or framed in dark stained and waxed ash with museum glass.

MIMA Castlegate Photography Prize & Commission

John Walker invented and sold the first ever friction matches in 1827 in
Stockton. The fact that this invention coincided with the production of the
oldest surviving photograph by Niépce and many other investigations into the
invention of photography is a wonderful connection that inspired my
commission. The convenient production of fire and light in the form of a
matchstick, and the fixing of light in a photograph is brought together in the
final image. By recreating and lighting a John Walker ‘Congreve’ match, I was
able to capture in a photograph exactly the same quality of light that would
have been seen by someone striking a match in 1827. The photographic
image of a lit match fixes a fleeting moment and monumentalises a tiny object
in the 38 metre wide scale of the public artwork.
The subjects of my photographs often involve collaboration with institutions,
and for this commission I was fortunate to work with Dr Joe McGinnis from the
Chemistry department at Teesside University who skilfully reproduced the
original chemical formula of the match head for me, and staff at Preston Park
Museum in Stockton who provided copies of the original manuscripts where
Walker recorded his findings that we used to recreate the Congreve.
The imagery of the match alight is symbolic of innovation and industry. It is a
small gesture writ large, a celebration of an iconic product and an important
invention.
An additional work, a photograph of an original John Walker Congreve match
that is held in Preston Park Museum and Grounds’ collection was also
produced for the commission. The edition is printed at a 1 to 1 scale to the
actual match (the photograph is 8x13cm) and available for sale at mima art
gallery, Middlesbrough

Sarah Pickering