National Trust events in North Somerset
By Carol_Deacon | Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 10:23
Artists who have transformed a North Somerset Victorian country house and a national nature reserve with new contemporary art commissions look forward to meeting visitors to talk about their work during a series of events in October and November.
Ore and Ingot casting bronze © Nick Caro
The exhibition, titled 'STILL/life - ecologies of perception' runs until Sunday, November 3.
It includes a diverse selection of photography, sculpture, performance and film, all of which are placed in intriguing locations around Tyntesfield and Leigh Woods.
Several rooms inside Tyntesfield house have been cleared to allow space for loans from the Arts Council collection.
Some, such as the servant's quarters on the second floor of the house have not previously been open to the public.
This space is now home to a video installation by Marcus Coates entitled 'Dawn Chorus 2007' which captures soaring bird song.
New commissions by renown contemporary artists appear across the estate:
- Emily Speed's interactive sculptural work 'Lady Garden' is found in the newly restored Orangery;
- Paul Chaney's participatory digital piece 'Hypothetical Reterriorialisation' is intriguing visitors in the Piggery; and
- The chapel inspired Berlin-based Awst & Walther, whose neon message 'Be Affected' is repeated on T-shirts worn by volunteers and staff around the estate.
Project curator Ruth Gooding said: "The National Trust is inviting audiences to consider how and why they feel a certain way when visiting a historic house or heritage site."
There is a rare chance to meet many of the artists in a series of events planned during October and November:
- LAND ecologies of perception - an interdisciplinary symposium at Tyntesfield Saw Mill, Friday, October 25 10.30am-4.30pm. From the perspective of researcher, artist and conservationist, new and innovative ways for understanding and imagining rural land in an urban technological context are explored and tested and direct practical realities addressed. Limited availability - to reserve a ticket email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- STILL/life exhibition finale - live performances and celebrations at Leigh Woods, Saturday, November 2 4–8pm. To celebrate TrustNewArtBristol's first exhibition, two exhibiting artists will perform live in Leigh Woods in a special free one-off event on Saturday, November 2. Tasty local food and drink will be available to enjoy by the bonfire, while Ore and Ingot aka Jo Lathwood and David Snoo Wilson perform live bronze casting and Tom Bailey and Jez Riley French orchestrate live and digital musical performances exploring the natural history of Leigh Woods. For more information click HERE.