A place for art at Mottisfont

'A place for art' project is in its second year here at Mottisfont as we invite artists to create wonderful art inspired by our stories, with the support of Arts Council England.

Over the next two years, six artists will spend time here working with our staff and volunteers to create a piece of work specifically for us and our visitors inspired by our stories.

Follow their progress as our artists blog about their time here and how this special place has inspired them

    Anna Cady

    Shadow of gardener pruning the roses at Mottisfont, Hampshire

    March - November 2013
    Anna likes to collaborate with people in order to make art which reveals what it is to have a different point of view. Anna has worked with children, a disabled young woman and women politicians in Sierra Leone.

    Using a remarkable little ‘point of view’ camera, which attaches to the body on a harness, the work carried out by those who care for this special place was filmed. The films were made by our gardens team, conservation assistants and estate volunteers.

    The resulting series of short films give you a view of the activity and creativity involved in keeping Mottisfont alive as seen through the hands of the person wearing the camera.

    Hywel Davies

    Song Thrush, small bird with brown upperparts and black-spotted cream underparts. Perched on a branch with beak wide open singing to the world

    July - November 2013

    Hywel Davies is a composer and sonic artist and is in residence from March-May 2013. His residency will culminate in a sound installation in the Cellarium. The starting point for his piece is the singing of Lauds – a liturgical office that gives thanks for the dawn of the new day, which was highly likely to have been sung at Mottisfont during its time as an abbey.

    The work has two key elements. Firstly, the recording of dawn birdsong from our estate that is transcribed into musical notation to be performed and recorded for the final piece by members of Kokoro (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s new music ensemble). The dawn birdsong recordings will also be edited and installed in the gallery during the making of the piece.
    Secondly, new music to be sung by a newly-formed choir made up of Mottisfont staff and volunteers.

    Heinrich & Palmer

    Raison detre by Heinrich and Palmer. Mottisfont, National Trust

    October 2013 - February 2014

    Anna Heinrich and Leon Palmer are two UK based artists with artworks ranging from photographic and light installations to large scale projection events and public art interventions.This new piece at Mottisfont is about ‘Vistas, Viewpoints and Illusions’ it focuses on the architecture and landscaping of the grounds at Mottisfont and also the layers of illusion in our famous Whistler Room, which features many spectacular trompe l’oeil pieces as well as hidden messages.

    The title for the residency is ‘Raison d’être’, is both a response to these early origins of Mottisfont and its present day existence. Peaking through the doorway of one of the loose boxes in our Stable Yard you will see a mirrored chamber containing a diorama of a stream running through it.