Ancient Objects for Modern Dilemmas is a creative collaboration led by Verena Hewat and artist Vic Macrae. We "match" ancient artefacts with people seeking inspiration.
We provide a unique drawing of a specially selected artefact, plus a personalised write-up including its history and why it was chosen, based on a theme or dilemma an individual provides.
Artefacts can enlighten us about our own life and how we reflect on it, and can often hold a poetic meaning far beyond the intention of the people who made them. They have the capacity to put individuals in direct contact with their creators, connect strangers, and remind us all of our shared heritage.
Neither of us are experts. We connect with objects on an aesthetic and emotional level. Although we ensure the history of each artifact is very much tied into each write-up, we are especially interested in finding connections that may not be immediately obvious in a purely historical context.
We are grateful to Dr Moudhy Al-Rashid, Research Fellow at The University of Oxford for her academic support and The British Institute of the Study of Iraq for their grant funding.
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