Shaken and Stirred: The art of participation
With the help of artist Faye Claridge, we want to share stories from our entire estate and explore which themes are important to you. Shaken and Stirred is an evolving art form and relies on participation from you, our staff and volunteers to shape its direction. Drop into Gallery One to see how we've begun to look at our stories and objects in new and inspiring ways.
Owned by one family and never sold, the estate has seen plenty of comings and goings and heard countless stories during it's near 900 year existence.
It would be impossible to know, never mind to tell, all the stories that have come to shape the land, buildings and lives that make Dudmaston what it is today. Shaken and Stirred is a participatory project that seeks to blur the lines between our ancient and Modern collections.
Art, in its many forms, has always found a home at Dudmaston. Lady Rachel Labouchere and her husband George had differing tastes, resulting in the eclectic mix of works you can see here today. Lady Rachel always intended for the galleries to change and be refreshed. Normally, the property team plan these changes, deciding when and how to redisplay a gallery. This time, we're shaking things up by asking you to shape and inform the changing space in Gallery One.
" After going to an exhibition of abstract art I feel as if I have had a number of very good cocktails."
Shaking up our collections
With the help of contemporary artist Faye Claridge, we're asking visitors to look at Dudmaston's collections, stories and landscape to see what connections can be made.
Perhaps the 17th century Dutch Flower paintings remind you of the horticulture in the American Garden? Or the curves of 'The Future' sculpture in the Spanish Gallery echo the ebb and flow of the brook in the Dingle?
Help us to shake things up to reveal Dudmaston from different and diverse perspectives and have your say as part of this new exciting project in Gallery One. Follow the journey on Instagram @ntdudmaston using #stirred.
Behind every object is a story. Who bought, used or collected it? When was it last used or displayed? Working closely with you, we'd like you to share our collection in a new way and explore what stories and themes are important to you.
The most popular story to come from the project will shape a brand new exhibition in Gallery One in 2019. Shaken and Stirred relies on regular participation and engagment so do come back throughout the year to see what's changing and how you can get involved.