Trust New Art Programme 2015

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Contemporary arts inspired by our places

Trust New Art is the National Trust's programme of contemporary arts inspired by our places, supported by partnerships with Arts Council England and the Arts Council of Wales. We will be adding to the programme throughout the year so please check back again soon. For the latest news please follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

National and regional projects:

One and All – a digital voyage through sight, sound and sea
- From autumn 2015, supported by Arts Council England

We’re celebrating 50 years of the National Trust’s campaign to safeguard the nation’s coastline with a digital commission for poet Owen Sheers, visual artist Tania Kovats and sound artist Martyn Ware. Produced by sounduk, the project will be available for you to experience online in the autumn.

Writing Places
- From 2 June 2015, supported by Arts Council England

Writing Places celebrates the literary history of National Trust houses in the South West with author events, writers and poets in residence, open days and trails, and recording iconic poems inspired by each location with the Poetry Archive. Writing Places is a partnership between the National Trust and Literature Works.

Projects near you:

Acorn Bank (Cumbria): Dorothy Una Radcliffe Fellow
- From spring 2015, supported by Arts Council England

Acorn Bank’s first artist fellow, illustrator Chichi Parish, has been taking inspiration from the unique herb garden during her residency this spring.

  • Find out more about her residency and opportunities to see her work at Acorn Bank.

Belton House (Lincolnshire): Rehearsing memory
- From September 2015, supported by Arts Council England

A new commission from Rebecca Lee and Beléen Cerezo to provoke reflection amongst visitors, staff and volunteers on the thousands of men who passed through Belton as part of the Machine Gun Corps.

Biddulph Grange Garden (Staffordshire): Dangerous Discoveries
- 1 August – 1 November 2015, supported by Arts Council England

Discover five new installations in this amazing Victorian garden inspired by its creator’s passion for collecting plants from around the world. The exhibition features projection, sound art and delicate pieces in leather and vellum by artists Rebecca Lee, Sarah Tulloch, Rebecca Beinart, Katy Beinart and Laura Youngson Coll.

Blickling Estate (Norfolk): ‘Why are you here?’ Lothian's Gift to the Nation
- From 5 June 2015

75 years after it was left to the National Trust, explore Blickling reinterpreted by November Club. Through provocative installations, sound and archive material, November Club artists draw you into the world of Blickling’s visionary former owner, and ask you to consider the question 'Why are you here?'

Cragside (Northumberland): The Musical Box in the Labyrinth
- From summer 2015, supported by Arts Council England

Discover a playful, interactive installation in the Labyrinth inspired by Cragside’s spirit of invention, experimentation, engineering and curiosity. Formed from a converted treehouse, Musical Box is a collaboration between artists and makers brought together by Culture Creative.

  • Find out more about the installation at Cragside.

Croome (Worcestershire): One Leg Supporting the Body, the Other Slightly Bent
- From 7 August 2015

In the past the ten niches carved into the Long Gallery’s walls at Croome held Classical figurative sculptures of gods and goddesses. These have since been sold, lost or destroyed. Nine contemporary artists have been invited to make new sculptural works for this room taking these original sculptures as starting points. Their newly commissioned pieces will be site-specific, responding also to the unique character, histories and details of Croome’s Capability Brown designed grounds and the interiors at Croome Court.

Dudmaston (Shropshire): Unheard Voices
- April – October 2015

Discover film based works by Catherine Bertola and Ben Wigley, exploring this traditional yet unexpectedly progressive working estate

Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden (North Yorkshire): Folly!
- 25 April – 29 November 2015, supported by Arts Council England

Seek out the follies in the water garden. These whimsical buildings have been transformed from their original use by internationally renowned theatre designer Gary McCann, world class art director, curator and designer Simon Costin and artist, curator and academic Irene Brown.

Hughenden Manor (Buckinghamshire): Man and Matter
- 1 August – 31 October 2015

Artist Corinne Felgate explores the life of the manor’s most famous owner, Benjamin Disraeli, through the objects that he and his wife Mary Anne surrounded themselves with. Taking her inspiration from six key items in the collection, Corinne has created a trail of sculptures throughout the manor and its grounds, unveiling the stories and significance behind each object. The sculptures have been created by fabricating a replica of the original piece, which have in turn been cast in multiple.

Leigh Woods (Bristol): Withdrawn
- 18 April – 15 September 2015, supported by Arts Council England

Discover a new artwork by Luke Jerram hidden in the depths of Leigh Woods, which explores ideas connected to the sustainability of our natural world.

This is one of six arts projects funded by the Arts Council England Exceptional Fund as part of Bristol’s year as European Green Capital, with the aim of making sustainable living accessible and easy to understand.

Lyme Park and Gardens (Cheshire): Distant Drum Beat
- 13 June – 31 October 2015

An interactive public artwork by Sean Griffiths interpreting and enhancing the existing relationship between the lawn and the lantern folly in the distance. Find out more about the exhibition at Lyme Park.

This installation is part of New Expressions 3, a national pathfinder programme unlocking the creative potential of museums, supported by Arts Council England.

Mottisfont (Hampshire): A Place for Art

Explore the second year of Mottisfont’s programme showcasing the work of six artists-in-residence, each of whom has created a piece of art that responds to Mottisfont unique setting and stories, and involves its local community:

  • Lizzie Sykes – July to September 2015: Screen based artist Lizzie Sykes has been working with Salisbury group 'Mind the Gap' and contemporary dancers Louise Tanoto and Cathy Seago to create work which focuses on how our movements respond to different spaces.
  • Shanaz Gulzar and Steve Manthorp – October to December 2015: Celebrating Mottisfont’s tradition of hospitality through digital media technology, Shanaz Gulzar and Steve Manthorp’s new work will give you the opportunity to share food, drink and conversation with a choice of the characters who contribute to the present day life of the house and its grounds.

Find out more about the exhibitions at Mottisfont, supported by Arts Council England.

Packwood House (Warwickshire): Packwood Follies
- Open until April 2016, generously funded by a Cadbury Play Grant

Inspired by a line written about Packwood in the 1930s, describing it as ‘a house to dream of, a garden to dream in,’ artist Hilary Jack has created three unique installations to explore in the garden and park at Packwood; InsideOutHouse, Embedded and Hive.

Tyntesfield (Bristol): Magister Dixit
- 9 May – 1 November 2015

Discover Magister Dixit, Emma Smith's interactive sculpture exploring the power of the spoken word and curious history of performance, ritual and service at Tyntesfield.

This is part of New Expressions 3, a national pathfinder programme unlocking the creative potential of museums, supported by Arts Council England.

Upton House and Gardens (Warwickshire): The Collector’s Case
- 5 June – 31 December 2015

Artist Yelena Popova has been working with Upton’s glorious painting collection and its enthusiastic team of volunteers to cast light onto how the collection was kept and protected during World War II. ‘The Collector’s Case’ is a video work and series of ‘invisible portraits’ that reflect on the temporality of a painting collection how it exists or has a relationship with time. Find out more about the exhibition at Upton House.

This exhibition is part of New Expressions 3, a national pathfinder programme unlocking the creative potential of museums, supported by Arts Council England.