The Bell Tree

Artist Serena Korda installs her ceramic mushroom artwork

We are delighted to announce that Trust New Art will be returning to Speke Hall in 2018. Award-winning artist Serena Korda has been commissioned to develop a temporary outdoor installation in our ancient woodlands which will be launching in September. Step into a magical environment and experience a new sculptural sound installation, inspired by the fascinating story of hidden rebellions at Speke Hall.

Trust New Art is the National Trust's programme connecting people to places through contemporary arts. Speke Hall hosted an installation from artist Alice May Williams in 2016 and we're delighted to welcome another artist, Serena Korda, to Speke in 2018. Serena will use the surrounding landscape of our ancient woodlands and grounds as the site and inspiration for her work, drawing on the hidden history of the hall - its many inhabitants and eras of wealth, decline and revival.


We'll be working in partnership with renowned Liverpool arts venue, Bluecoat, on this project. Serena will feature in Bluecoat's spring programme, giving an introduction to her work and a hands on demonstration of the slip casting techniques she will use for the Speke Hall commission. You can book tickets for a unique slip casting workshop on Thursday 21 June or an artist talk on Friday 22 June to discover more about Serena's recent exhibitions at The BALTIC and The Hepworth Wakefield and her plans for Speke Hall. 

Serena Korda works across performance sound and sculpture reconsidering aspects of communion and tradition in our lives including under explored feminist narratives - herstories- and the alternative histories of folklore and witchcraft. She is the 2016-17 Norma Lipman & BALTIC Fellow in Ceramic Sculpture at Newcastle University where her exhibition Missing Time runs from 9 Feb - 28 May 2018. Korda has also curated Daughters of Necessity at The Hepworth Wakefield choosing ceramic works from their collection which are sited alongside her own. 

For more about the artist please see her website or follow her on Instagram @serenakorda where you’ll catch behind the scenes glimpses of the making of new work. 

Artist Anya Gallaccio inside one of the cubes at Lindisfarne Castle

Trust New Art in the North of England  

Discover new art across the North of England this year through Trust New Art, a programme of contemporary arts inspired by our places.