The LEGACY project at Attingham
Often described as the single most generous gift to the National Trust, Lord Berwick left the mansion and grounds of Attingham Park “for public benefit” under the care of the Trust. A Trust New Art collaboration between Attingham and Pentabus Theatre will explore what this means today through the LEGACY project.
Attingham Park, Shrewsbury, is one of the greatest estates in Shropshire. An impressive late-18th century mansion and collection, landscaped Repton parkland with views across the ancient Shropshire countryside, a deer park, a productive organic walled garden and orchard and tenanted farmland of some 4000 acres.
The parkland at Attingham is one of the richest and most important nature conservation sites for veteran trees and invertebrates in England and for this reason is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest by Natural England. Attingham has experienced the highs of huge wealth as well as the lows of benign neglect. Formerly owned by five generations of the Berwick family, it was gifted to the National Trust in 1947 and now welcomes over half a million visitors each year.
As a national rural theatre company, Pentabus have been a key figure in rural touring theatre and on the national theatre scene for the past 45 years.
They are now pioneering a new strand of work called Theatre in Surprising Places – engaging with communities with little or no access to the arts – which sees them work with communities of place or interest to create new theatre projects which tell their stories. This is done through regular and deep engagement between artists and communities, a shared interest or theme, and working towards a final product over a period of time. They have to date made work with farmers and lifeboat men, with net makers and bus drivers, and with residents of our local communities. For more information on Pentabus click here.
Summer/autumn 2019: A call for artists
The partnership is now looking for artists join the project and work with young people and local communities from autumn 2019, to create a site specific artwork which will be shared at Attingham from autumn 2020. A visual artist / designer and a sound / digital artist are sought to explore what legacy really means for a number of different communities through their relationship to Attingham.
The project is delivered by the National Trust and Pentabus, and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, part of Trust New Art, National Trust’s programme of contemporary arts.
For more information on about becoming involved with the project and applying for one of the roles, see the artist briefs and information below.