Call for artists 2018: PEACE

The Chaplain's Room at Lacock Abbey

Lacock is seeking to commission a contemporary artist or art collective to develop a project for September 2018 which reflects on the theme of Peace from a contemporary perspective. Peace understood not as an object, rather as a process of interaction and communication – not only between people, but also between humans, Nature and place.

We are looking for a thought provoking project which considers what peace is and can be in the context of Lacock. Founded as a nunnery by Ela, one of the most powerful women of the Middle Ages, Lacock Abbey was a place of contemplation for 300 years. We are particularly interested to commission a project which makes connections with the legacy of this significant aspect of Lacock’s history. 

Terracotta figures in the Great Hall of Lacock Abbey
Terracotta figures in the Great Hall of Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire
Terracotta figures in the Great Hall of Lacock Abbey

Trust New Art background

Trust New Art is the National Trust’s programme of contemporary arts inspired by ‘Spirit of place’. Since 2009 we have developed contemporary arts projects at 100+ places, reaching audiences of over 2.2 million. Trust New Art is underpinned by shared objectives as set out in agreements between the National Trust and Arts Council England (2014-18).  

The programme includes contemporary visual art, craft, performance, writing and architecture. We support artists throughout their careers – from residencies and first major commissions for early career artists, to career defining commissions for established artists. Current artists’ projects include those by Hew Locke (Runnymede), Heather and Ivan Morrison (Berrington Hall) and Bourke de Vries (Croome).

For artist brief, expression of interest enquiries and site visits, please rsvp by 6 April 2018:

Tom Brockington, Senior Visitor Experience Officer