The Echoing Space

A summer-long programme of exhibitions kicks into high gear at the National Trust’s Leith Hill Place in Dorking, Surrey on 1 June. The Echoing Space, funded by Arts Council England, sees artists Mary Branson, Penny Green and Julie Hoyle take up residency in the historic house surrounded by sumptuous Surrey countryside. Drawing inspiration from the house’s rich legacy of creativity, the artists will work with volunteers and schools to create brand new works in print, ceramics, light and sound.

Since March this year, Surrey artists Mary Branson, Penny Green and Julie Hoyle have been researching, creating and enhancing Leith Hill Place. When the installation launches on 1 June visitors  will be able to explore each artists individual response to a history intertwined with famous names such as Josiah Wedgwood III and Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Mary Branson specialises in creating conceptual large-scale installations, using sculpture, light and sound. Using familiar objects and materials, and experimenting with scale, light, colour and multiplicity, she tries to form new environments that are stimulating, playful, and questioning of the existing polemics concerning art and the space it inhabits.

Penny Green works with ceramics in a variety of forms, from small figurative sculptures presented as miniature worlds in tableaux form, to larger sculptural pieces designed for public placement. In her residency at Leith Hill Place she will install a piece commenting on the decline of birdsong in the countryside, incorporating hazel coppiced on the estate.

Julie Hoyle takes an experimental approach to traditional and contemporary print practices with a variety of works on paper, wood, 3D constructions and light installations. During her residency, Julie will combine sound, digital imagery and traditional printmaking methods to evoke the early twentieth century within Leith Hill Place as it is today, merging elements of its past with the present.

The artists’ work will be on display during normal opening hours from Fri 1 June to Fri 1 July. Visitors will also have the chance to meet all three artists in person on Thu 7 & 14 June from 7-8.30pm (booking advised on 01306 711685).

Visitors with an artistic flair can join a relaxed but experiential weekend masterclass with the artists on 16 and 17 June, using mixed media to create their own take on the history and beauty of Leith Hill Place. Email or call 07721 078687 to book.