On the Wing
'On the Wing' a Trust New Art commission lands at Anglesey Abbey.
The artwork created by Suffolk based performance and visual artist Caroline Wright, was commissioned to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of the 1st Lord Fairhaven, and his bequest of Anglesey Abbey to the National Trust in 1966.
'On the Wing' is a large-scale golden birdcage, big enough for a family to go inside. It sits in the wild flower meadows just in sight of the house. The work speaks of entrapment and freedom - the open door offers an entry and exit to the cage, and binoculars trained onto the work from the Library of the house, will enable visitors to see and be seen inside the cage.
Caroline drew inspiration for 'On the Wing' from the meticulous lifestyle of Lord Fairhaven, drawing on his love of ornithology as evidenced by the many paintings, tapestries, ornaments and books that feature birds throughout the house, and his passion for shooting.
Trust New Art is the National Trust’s programme of contemporary arts inspired by our places. The Trust has been working with artists since the 1980s, and in 2009 created Trust New Art through a partnership with Arts Council England. The programme makes contemporary arts available in National Trust properties; builds new and diverse audiences; and offers new opportunities for artists to work in new contexts.
'On the Wing' will remain on display until October 2016.