Heritage meets contemporary arts and crafts

The National Trust and the Arts Council England have got together to bring contemporary art into the setting of historic properties.


Waddesdon and the Farquhar Horse
Tatton Park and the Farquhar Horse

THE NATIONAL TRUST and Arts Council England have created a new partnership to build links between the National Trust and contemporary arts and crafts. The first event planned is Trust New Art, a three-year contemporary art and craft programme at selected historic houses, countryside and garden properties across England. Trust New Art will involve a wide programme of events, projects and products developed to make contemporary arts and crafts an integral part of what visitors can enjoy when they visit National Trust properties, and will mean more commissions for both emerging and established artists.

Koons Cracked Egg Blue in Conservatory
Koons Cracked Egg Blue in the Conservatory, Waddesdon

Contemporary work already on display in National Trust properties include Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, where there’s an exhibition of new lighting pieces by Brazilian designers the Campana Brothers and artist, Jeff Koons’ Cracked Egg, running until 31 October 2010.

And at Tatton Park in Cheshire, there’ll be newly commissioned work by over 20 artists included in the property’s second contemporary art biennial, The Tatton Park Biennial: Framing Identity, which runs to 26 September 2010.

Meanwhile, Croft Castle in Herefordshire is working with Meadow Arts to use the ancient woodlands, picturesque valley and castle as a backdrop for the work of nine artists as part of Tell it to the Trees. Until 15 September 2010.

And at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire, they are working with Beacon Arts to enhance the timeless atmosphere of this charming property hidden in an ancient deer park.

Works include those of painter Mark Fairnington and 2009 Turner Prize nominee Roger Hiorns. From 19 June-11 July 2010.

Or at Kedleston Hall, also in Derbyshire, the famous Marble Hall will see a temporary installation by artist Susie MacMurray, Promenade, with a shimmering maze-like structure of golden threads, a response to the property’s original purpose as a show palace. From 19 July-end September 2010.

Further information at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/trustnewart