The Echoing Space 2018

There was a summer-long programme of exhibitions at the National Trust’s Leith Hill Place in Dorking, Surrey which started on 1 June 2018. The Echoing Space, funded by Arts Council England, saw 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 worked with volunteers and schools to create brand new works in print, ceramics, light and sound.

Since March 2018, Surrey artists Mary Branson, Penny Green and Julie Hoyle researched, created and enhanced Leith Hill Place. When the installation launched on 1 June visitors were able to explore each artist's 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.

Watch the video of the residency here.