is an ongoing project based on visits to libraries, where I make onsite
pen drawings and also note down atmosphere, smells, and sounds,
including snatches of conversation. These libraries provide a unique
space for all: books, music and film can be borrowed; expensive
magazines and newspapers can be read for free; computer and internet
access are available for those that cannot afford their own. The
library is in fact a facility promoting equality of opportunity,
but these sanctuaries are currently threatened by government cuts
funding. ‘In a Quiet Space’ seeks to capture and record
what is there in case it disappears forever. Many of the libraries I
have documented have since been closed.
At the end of July 2014 a further 11 libraries were earmarked for
closure, and the rest have access reduced by limiting opening times.