A new contemporary art project at Packwood

Part of the new contemporary art project at Packwood

Packwood are delighted to be working with artist-designer duo David Murphy and Catherine Aitken on a new piece of contemporary art launching this Saturday 14 October.

Walk out into the landscape this autumn and discover the Prospect Room, a space between inside and outside that explores the dynamic between house and garden.  Filtering light and sound the installation plays with our senses, presenting new ways of looking at Packwood's ever-changing scenery. 

" Moments of transparency, opacity and reflectivity - a space perfectly suited to daydreaming"
- David Murphy and Catherine Aitken

Taking design and material cues from details found in the house and gardens, the Prospect Room will remind us of the haven that Graham Baron Ash was seeking to create at Packwood.

Catherine Aitken working in her studio
Contemporary artist in her studio

The Artists


We are excited to be working with this partnership, who bring a broad range of experience to this project. Catherine Aitken’s practice is interdisciplinary, combining elements of textile design, furniture design and interior architecture. She studied at both the Glasgow School of Art and at the Royal College of Art. She views her three-dimensional work as 'constructed pattern', often taking one element and repeating it until it seems to become more than the sum of its parts.

Plans for the new contemporary art project are developing
Contemporary artist in her studio

David Murphy also studied at the Glasgow School of Art and his sculpture and works on paper are informed by a deep engagement with landscape, architecture and anthropology, looking carefully at the ways that human interventions have left marks on the natural environment. 

During the development phase of this project, Catherine and David have visited Packwood several times, talking to staff and volunteers and researching aspects of Packwood’s history. They are still refining details of the design and materials, seeking where possible to work with local resources and expertise.