Experiencing Ickworth Uncovered

Art installation artists Ickworth

This winter we will be partnering with artist Pablo Bronstein and David Kohn Architects for a major new external art installation. Inspired by the beauty and power of classical architecture they will use recycled materials to reveal a playful and extraordinary alternative to the Rotunda’s traditional grand façade.

The partnership comes as work begins to encase the famous Rotunda in scaffolding to allow conservation work on the domed roof to start. One of the most photographed buildings in the National Trust, the Rotunda is due to be shrouded with scaffolding for more than six months, giving visitors a very different view of the more than 200-years-old Italianate-style building.

Watch as we protect the Rotunda for future generations
Scaffolding Construction Ickworth
Watch as we protect the Rotunda for future generations

 The collaboration with Pablo Bronstein and David Kohn Architects has been made possible thanks to a £30,000 grant from Arts Council England and has been commissioned through the Trust New Art programme, which sees contemporary art opportunities brought to National Trust places all over the country.

" It is a privilege to be here at a unique moment in Ickworth's history, when it ceases being a large oval and becomes momentarily a giant scaffolded square. Our installation is both provocative and serious, in that it seeks to genuinely transform a temporary structure into an image of architecture that speaks to history and the importance of the classical tradition. David and I share a deep interest in the history of classical architecture and hope our installation both raises a smile and opens up a debate about the nature of taste and style within contemporary practice. "
- Pablo Bronstein

Throughout its history, the display and curation of artwork has been at the heart of Ickworth with its creator, the fourth Earl of Bristol, also known as the Earl Bishop, intending for the building to house the family collection. 

" Ickworth has always been a home for great art and the Earl Bishop held a vision that it should act as a gallery for pieces that had been collected from around the world. Today, Ickworth houses some impressive works by artists such as Titian and Gainsborough, and so as we begin a major project that will temporarily alter the external view of Ickworth, it felt natural to turn to a contemporary artist to help visitors experience these changes in a visually exciting way."
- Tim Watson

Whilst the scaffolding and art installation will mean the Rotunda takes on a temporary new external appearance, inside, visitors will see Ickworth in a new way too. A further grant of £85,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund will see an additional new experience created inside the Rotunda from January, meaning visitors will see the building in new ways, both inside and out, whilst the works are ongoing.

Join us this winter and experience Ickworth Uncovered.