Tyneside artists' work displayed at National Museum of Scotland

LUCK, Frank Sinatra sang, be a lady...And for the Romans that lady was the goddess Fortuna.

ewcastle-based Artists Walker and Bromwich
ewcastle-based Artists Walker and Bromwich

LUCK, Frank Sinatra sang, be a lady...And for the Romans that lady was the goddess Fortuna.

Next week people travelling to Edinburgh for Hogmanay 2012/2013 are invited to try their luck at an art installation created by Tyneside artists as an homage to the ancient deity.

The inflatable sculpture Fortuna has been crafted by the acclaimed Northumberland duo Walker and Bromwich – aka Zoe Walker and Neil Bromwich.

The gold nylon temple-like construction is loosely based on the shape of the Roman goddess and will be in the Hawthornden Court of the National Museum of Scotland as part of the event Lady Luck: The Cult of Fortuna from December 30 to January 1.

Party-goers in the Scottish capital can take part in a game of chance intended to turn the concept of luck on its head as they prepare to usher in 2013 with the city’s world-famous street party and fireworks spectacular.

Zoe, who grew up in Scotland but is now based in Berwick, will be at the event donned in Roman costume.

She said: “Each person will get a chance to roll the dice and there will be an element of luck in how people take part.

“They might do a bit of performance like singing or they will be given different fortunes. “We are trying to get people to think about perceptions of luck and how people think they are lucky.

“We are quite interested in how people perceive it and how their luck will alter.

“We are hoping we can bestow luck on people by getting them involved in this event by changing their perceptions.”

The commission comes hot on the heels of Walker and Bromwich’s Festival of the Apocalypse exhibition at Gateshead’s Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.

The Encampment of Eternal Hope, which has its final day today, focuses on celebrating the end of the Mayan calendar.


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