Anya Gallaccio and the inspiration behind "dreamed about the flowers that hide from the light"
"dreamed about the flowers that hide from the light" is the castle’s exciting new installation by internationally renowned artist Anya Gallaccio.
Anya didn’t have to look far for inspiration with the nearby Gertrude Jekyll garden providing a riot of colours.
She spent time researching the flora and fauna found in the garden today, as well as ones long since gone. Their rich, ever-changing shades gave her the inspiration for a landscape of colour for the blankets, which proposes life returning to the castle. These colours fade with sunlight and the shifting of the seasons.
The castle’s long periods of “in-between-ness” also intrigued and inspired Anya. A ruin in 1901 when Edward Hudson bought it, it was transformed into a home by Sir Edwin Luytens. The National Trust took over its care in 1944 and it has remained unoccupied, still furnished as if frozen in time, waiting for Edward to return and life to start again.
Her installation makes reference to this and suggests both a house shut up and protected for the winter and the transition it has just been through during the conservation project, to once again bring it to life.
" Anya’s work is creative, dynamic and interesting and pushes the boundaries of what is considered possible, much in the same way Jekyll’s did. This installation transforms the historical colours of Jekyll’s renowned garden into a thought-provoking piece of contemporary art. We hope that visitors will be amazed and inspired by what they see. "
Women & Power
Throughout 2018 the National Trust is marking the 100th anniversary of the passing of the Representation of the People Act. The Women and Power http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/press-release/women-and-power-national-trust-shines-a-light-on-womens-histories-to-celebrate-the-anniversary-of-female-suffrage-in-2018 programme celebrates women from our places, either linked to the suffrage movement, or whose stories have been overlooked in the past.
"dreamed about the flowers that hide from the light" reflects this programme by combining the work of two of the most recognised female artists of their time.
Gertrude Jekyll was one of the most influential women in the Art and Crafts movement of the early 20th Century, and was a highly acclaimed writer, garden designer and artist. She was also known for her support of the suffrage movement, designing banners used at marches.
Anya is an acclaimed Turner nominated contemporary artist with her latest work “Beautiful Minds” http://www.biennaleofsydney.art/artists/anya-gallaccio/ described as leaving visitors “enthralled”* and “continuing to challenge traditional notions of art and its role in the gallery.”
*New York Times Feb 2017
**this is tomorrow – Contemporary Art magazine March 2017
- The installation is a collaboration between the National Trust and Locus+, a Newcastle based visual arts commissioning agency that works with artists on the production and presentation of socially engaged, collaborative and temporary projects, primarily for non-gallery locations. It is delivered by the National Trust through Trust New Art and supported using public funding by Arts Council England and a donation from the Henry Moore Foundation.