Look! Look! Look! at Berrington with Heather and Ivan Morison

This year we welcome internationally renowned artists Heather and Ivan Morison as they create some Georgian inspired brilliance in the form of a fanciful sculptural pavilion. Why not take a Look!...

We're embarking on a research and restoration project of Berrington's walled garden and over the coming months we'll be writing a plan to discover and potentially re-instate its Georgian origins. The gardens, pleasure grounds and landscape at Berrington were 'Capability' Brown's final landscape masterpiece and we want to know more about how the garden was planted, used and ultimately enjoyed within this wealthy family home.

Inspired by the decadent social lives of the Georgians, Heather and Ivan Morison have brought to life the first stage of this plan with their contemporary creation, 'Look! Look! Look!', which now features in the garden. It is a project supported and partially funded by Trust New Art and the Arts Council England. Its form is inspired by the story of pineapples being imported and eaten during the eighteenth century as a statement of wealth and we've found evidence of them being grown in the garden at Berrington. The Georgians were also fond of popping up temporary pavilions made from wood and canvas or material for shelter whilst, entertaining, dining, reading or even for illicit meetings.

Just one of Heather and Ivan's interesting pieces for Look!Look!Look!
Heather and Ivan Morison's art piece in the Boudoir at Berrington

Heather and Ivan also have an exhibition inside the mansion, which complements and coincides with the outdoor installation. Contemporary, as well as historic, pieces are used to provoke thought and discussion about the project, its history and its meaning. They take their shape in many different forms. Some are in the form of porcelain pineapples. Others are items of clothing. These pieces are all hidden and have their own meaning. They connect to the period, the project and the different elements of the Georgian culture that are often overlooked in this day and age.

We want you to discover, enjoy and experience this space as if you were in the eighteenth century and so we've created a series of events and activities inspired by traditions old and new.

One of Heather and Ivan Morison's small installations in Berrington's Drawing Room
One of Heather and Ivan Morison's pieces on the mantelpiece in the Drawing Room

This is not a simple piece of art however, there is also meaning behind it. We could only achieve such massive projects thanks to all of our visitors' support, and the support of the Arts Council England and Trust New Art. The walled garden is a particular piece of Berrington that we want to protect. This is because it is a hidden treasure, nestled into Berrington’s past. Ellie Jones, Project Manager says; "Because ‘Capability’ Brown designed it, ‘it is a piece of living history".

With rare varieties of vintage apple trees and different species living in it, the walled garden needs alot of conservation work. 'Look!Look!Look!' will therefore be the start of the conservation of this space, by drawing people outside and into this beautiful area.

One of the Georgian satire's about the fashion of the time, combined with their love of gardens
A sketch of a Georgian lady with incredibly big hair as a satire of the fashion of the day

With of activities coming up, we hope that by drawing on Berrington’s past, we will be looking to the future. We look forward to seeing you discover this installation at Berrington very soon.

Previous contemporary art at Berrington Hall

'Genius Loci' by Red Earth

In 2016 we were joined by environmental artists 'Red Earth'. They created a series of installations throughout the parkland called 'Genius Loci'. This was done to celebrate 300 years of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown's landscapes, as well as Berrington's connection to him. Although Red Earth's installations are no-longer in the parkland, we think the meaning behind them ought to be shared with you. We hope you enjoy this video: