A rather belated post on the wonderful Mark Hearld exhibition ‘Unimagined Treasures’ at York Art Gallery. I only had half an hour before the gallery closed to spend at the exhibition, but could easily have lost the best part of an afternoon. Mark Hearld has created a Lumber Room – “a room of miscellaneous stored objects and artefacts” curated and created following two years of visiting the stores of the Yorkshire Museum, York Castle Museum and York Art Gallery. Many of the objects and artworks in the exhibition have never been on display before. The eclectic mix reminded me of the folk art exhibition by Barbara Jones ‘Black Eyes and Lemonade’ with shades of the bizarre collections of the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford. In addition to the curation of this collection, he also commissioned pieces (including the stunning seahorse sign above by The Brilliant Sign Company) and created his own new work: “Works made by me in paper, pot and paint respond to the collection and celebrate its richness and delight to be had in looking on it.” A real visual treat.