Trust New Art: Contemporary Art Comes To Historic Settings With The National Trust

Posted on Thursday, 25 July 2013 06:47AM by
“Contemporary art at National Trust places has been growing at pace over the last few years. The Trust New Art programme has been continuing to inspire visitors and artists and has added a whole new kind of experience we can share with them, which is exciting and fantastic to see”.
- Tom Freshwater, Contemporary Arts Programme Manager at the National Trust

Visit some of the National Trust places this year and discover a series of beautiful exhibitions, events, artists’ residencies and commissions from the Trust New Art programme.

Trust New Art is the National Trust’s contemporary art and craft programme taking place at selected historic houses, countryside and garden properties across the country. It aims to connect more people to National Trust places through contemporary art and craft. It has been developed as part of a partnership with Arts Council England with the aim of building links between the National Trust and the contemporary arts and craft sector.

With so many events on offer, here is just a selection of the highlights from the Trust New Art 2013 programme:

Croft Castle, Herefordshire
Time will tell exhibition, 9 March-3 November, 10am-5pm
Meadow Arts is proud to present a series of events and an evolving exhibition in the beautiful stables, parkland and castle at Croft Castle throughout 2013, created by several artists-in-residence including Justine Cook, Dorothy Cross and Ellen Harvey. From sculptures to paintings, Time will tell explores the creative tensions between the 'science' of history and archaeology and really brings to life the interiors of the historic castle, stables, cellars, church and gardens and all the stories that they have to tell.
Normal admission charges apply.
Booking is not required, for more information please call 01568 782120.

Gawthorpe Hall, Lancashire
Flicker exhibition, 23 March-3 November, 12pm-4.30pm
Visit Gawthorpe this summer and explore a newly commissioned work made up of a sequence of camera obscura devices exploring the Hall’s past, created by artist Catherine Bertola and commissioned by Mid Pennine Arts and Lancashire County Council as part of the Contemporary Heritage series. Peer inside and you will see an imagined vision of everyday life over the centuries.
Normal admission charges apply.
Booking is not required, for more information please call 01282 771004.

Mottisfont, Hampshire
A place for art: Forever, for Everyone - films by Anna Cady, 11 July- 4 November and Test Polyphony – sound installation by Hywel Davies, 11 July-15 November, 10am-5pm
This exciting project invites artists-in-residence to create wonderful art inspired by the stories of Mottisfont. This summer Anna Cady has produced a series of short films made with the help of staff and volunteers wearing a ‘point of view’ camera. This attaches to the body on a harness and documents the activity and creativity carried out by the people who care for Mottisfont. Hywel Davies has also created a stunning sound installation in a medieval space that dates back to Mottisfont’s days as a priory. Inspired by the dawn chorus on the estate, Hywel’s piece creates a magical, endlessly shifting sound environment.
artSOUTH: collaborations, 7 September-1 December, 10am-5pm
Resuscitare, an installation of gilded upside down trees, will form the centrepiece of a new contemporary art installation at Mottisfont. Set within the Beech Circle, this piece by international prize-winning artist Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva, is being created for artSOUTH: collaborations. This exciting visual art project, funded by Arts Council England, brings together artists from around the world to celebrate southern England in unexpected ways and places. For more information about artSOUTH: collaborations, visit:
Normal admission charges apply.
Booking is not needed, for more information please call 01794 340757.

Cragside, Northumberland
Building dreams, 11 June-3 November, 10am-5pm
Marking the 150th anniversary of Cragside, visit this year and see a wonderful exhibition of four beautiful artworks around the estate from artists Irene Brown, rednile projects, Wolfgang Weileder and Jo Coupe. Drawing on the breathtaking landscape Cragside offers, the artworks will take inspiration from Lord and Lady Armstrong and their pioneering dreams for the house and estate when they first moved there in 1863.
Normal admission charges apply.
Booking is not required, for more information please call 01669 620333.

Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire
Shakti exhibition, 22 June-31 October, 12pm-5pm
An ambitious contemporary arts programme which explores the cultural and artistic relationship between Britain and India, Shakti will this year draw inspiration from the historic collections of South Asian art housed in the Eastern Museum at Kedleston Hall. There will be intriguing artworks offering exciting responses to the Curzon family’s opulent oriental museum, while in the marble hall and state rooms, there will be larger works to match Robert Adam's grand scheme. Pieces will come from artists including Harminder Judge, Shezhad Dawood, Reena Kallat, Desmond Lazaro, Jagannath Panda, Bharti Parmar, Ravinder Reddy and Tallur L. N.
The Hear Heres by Studio Weave, 18 July-1 December, 10am-5pm
To enjoy with the family, why not join this walk throughout Kedleston’s parkland throughout the rest of the year, Explore four different locations as part of a treasure hunt to discover four extraordinary metal sculptures that will invite you to listen to the landscape and retrace the stories of Kedleston and its legendary characters.
Normal admission charges apply to both events.
Booking is not required, for more information please call 01332 842191.

The Vyne, Hampshire
Unravelling The Vyne: contemporary art exhibition, 28 June-22 December, 11am-3pm and 12pm-5pm
Explore The Vyne’s links with fascinating historical characters, and delve further into intriguing stories – some told for the very first time - through a series of unique art installations from ten different artists. Art pieces will include a series of miniscule paper cut-outs of young men and women, a red satin fabric tree emerging from the fireplace, ceramics, enamelled boxes and wooden sculptures.
Normal admission charges apply.
Please note, as the exhibition crosses seasonal opening times, please call 01256 883858 for current exhibition opening times before travel.
Booking is not required, for more information please call 01256 883858.

Newark Park, Gloucestershire
The open west, 6 July-18 August (Wednesday to Sunday), 11am-5pm  
This summer Newark Park is hosting the works of various artists as part of the open west 2013 exhibition, an annual open competition that promotes the skills of contemporary makers. Artists Lyn Cluer Coleman and Sarah Goodwin have curated an exhibition that crosses a wide spectrum of art disciplines; from contemporary portraiture to Japanese video, from feather installation to ceramic tableaux, from digital tapestry to complex drawing structures and finally from site specific architectural investigations to ephemeral sculptures.
Normal admission charges apply.
Booking is not required, for more information please call 01793 817666.

Erddig, Wrexham
Studio silver today: Rauni Higson, 12 July-2 November, 10am-5pm
Go and see the wonderful silversmith artist Rauni Higson and her beautiful artwork at Erddig this year, inspired by its house and flower gardens. There will also be a chance for visitors to win a beaker commissioned by the Goldsmiths' company and especially made by the artist for this occasion.
Normal admission charges apply.
Booking is not required, for more information please call 01978 315180.

Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire
Bruce Munro: Cantus Arcticus, 12 July- 28 October, 11am-4pm
Inspired by the Northern Lights and music by Finnish composer Einohujani Rautavaara, visit Waddesdon this year and see this light installation, created by artist Bruce Munro, composed of fibre optic cables and mirrors, which creates the illusion of shimmering curtains. Six site installations especially created for the occasion and on display in the gardens will also be available to enjoy.
Joan Sallas: Folded Beauty, 17 July-27 October, 11am-4pm
Waddesdon Manor is delighted to be collaborating with the Holburne Museum in Bath this year for an exhibition of elaborately folded napkins and linen made by Catalan artist Joan Sallas. Focussing on Renaissance and Baroque patterns, this is the first time that such an exhibition has been held in the United Kingdom.
Philippa Lawrence: Darning the Land: Sewn exhibition at Tree Hill, 17 July- 27 October, 11am-5pm
Inspired by the textile collections at Waddesdon, artist Philippa Lawrence has crafted a beautiful summer carpet bedding made of wildflowers for visitors to see at the Manor. With colours which change from blues to golden hues in the late summer and autumn, this is a breathtaking exhibition to visit this year.
Normal admission charges apply for each event.
Booking is not required, for more information please call 01296 653207.

Dudmaston Estate, Shropshire
A day in the life – artist in residence, 22 July-28 October (every Monday and last Sunday of the month), 1pm-5pm
Visit Dudmaston this year and you will see Elizabeth Rowe, Dudmaston’s very first artist in residence, working at the property. Elizabeth, who works with mass-produced printed material to make collages, drawings and prints, has set up her studio in the old kitchen area and will be available to chat to visitors about the work she is doing and how she has been inspired by the art collected and donated to the National Trust by Sir George and Rachel, Lady Labouchere.
Normal admission charges apply.
Booking is not required, for more information please call 01746 780866.

Powis Castle, Wales
Shakti exhibition, 22 July-3 November, 12.30pm-5pm
In collaboration with the National Trust, Oriel Davies and Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Meadow Arts is proud to present Shakti at Powis this year. An ambitious contemporary arts programme which explores the cultural and artistic relationship between Britain and the Indian subcontinent, Powis Castle’s glittering collection of 300 Indian art pieces, accumulated by Clive of India, will be on show, including the tent and jewelled tiger of Tipu Sultan - the most outstanding of its kind outside India as well as special pieces created by artist Sharmila Samant.
Normal admission charges apply,
Booking is not required, for more information please call 01938 551944.

Barrington Court, Somerset
Make the most: Somerset Art Weeks, 21 September-6 October, 11am-4.30pm
Join the team at Barrington Court this autumn for the festival which focuses on group exhibitions, projects and events and is a celebration of the creative abilities of artists and their eagerness to expand their horizons and ‘think outside the box’. Barrington Court will be showcasing work by, amongst others, Laura Ellen Bacon, who will be working with Somerset willow and Maeve Clancy, using paper produced in the county.
Normal admission charges apply.
Booking is not required, for more information please call 01460 241938.

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