Leith Hill Place's first artist in residence
Contemporary artist Louise Scillitoe-Brown will have the run of the Drawing Room from June 20 to August 22 creating large art installations that work with the light pouring into this south facing, first floor room. The configurations will evolve throughout the period, creating something new to see with each return visit.
Louise’s art practice is inspired by light, colour relationships, geometry and architecture. She is interested in the way society is moving from the physical to the virtual and seeks ways of addressing that in her work. Her work is often built from recycled building materials
that hold pockets of physical colour and projected zones of reflected coloured light.
An interest in contemporary architecture was ignited whilst working for Sir Stuart Lipton at
Greycoat and at Stanhope during the development of award winning projects including Broadgate and Stockley Park, designed by leading architects Arup Associates, Norman Foster, Ian Ritchie, Richards Rogers and SOM.
Her fascination with colour and structure was nurtured whilst under the tutelage of Jonathan
Parsons at art school and starting her studies with pupils of Phyllida Barlow as her work was being exhibited by Hauser & Wirth for the first time. An interest in form and fabric is in the blood with a fashion designer mother and paternal grandfather previously head cutter at Aquascutum.
Leith Hill Place has been a source of fascination since it opened to the public in 2013 and Louise has visited many times to photograph the views from the house, the light and the architecture. Over that time she has developed ways of responding to its location, history and most importantly for Louise, the light.
" The term installation art is use to describe large-scale, mixed-media constructions, often designed for a specific place or for a temporary period of time."
Several experimental installations are planned and as yet the outcomes are not certain. These range from turning the Drawing Room into a large Camera Obscura, with the hope of
projecting the inverted view from the room on to the opposite walls. (If this works timed sessions will be available to book on the Leith Hill Place reservation system so please check the website in June for details.) To building 8’ pigment saturated walls within the Drawing Room, dividing the space into zones fizzing with colour and drawing the viewer through the different sensations created by the changing palette. They will also include lensed filters that use the natural daylight to flood rays of colour across the room. See the thumbnail sketches for some idea of what to expect. Louise will also exhibit a selection of work created to date and have prints, paintings and small structures for sale.
Time lapse videos recording the movement of light through the spaces created will be available to view on the ground floor for those unable to reach the first floor Drawing Room.
Anticipated schedule of installations:
23-25 June: One year on - reflections on the Referendum
30 June- 9 July: Spatial environs - Physical to the Virtual
14-16 July: Folk Dance - interactive installation
21-23 July: Capture the Colour - light bathing
28 July-20 August: Spectrum Paviliion - architecture & light
18-20 August: Responses
30 June, 1, 7, 8, 14, 15 July, 11:30-1pm: Camera Obscura - the wonder of light (depends on good weather)
8 & 21 July, 11 & 18 August, 2-5pm: All age drop-in art workshops
Activities and exhibtions are included with normal admission fee - free for National Trust members.