As Chatsworth celebrates the completion of its biggest restoration and conservation
project in 200 years, architecture and design feature in many of this year’s talks.
Headline speakers include collage artist, punk icon and Chatsworth’s first artist-inresidence,
Linder Sterling and 2017 Turner Prize-winner, Lubaina Himid, who are
joined by art historian Dan Cruickshank and architect John Pawson.
Art Out Loud at Chatsworth (21-23 September), the only UK weekend festival of public talks
about art, announces its full programme for 2018, with tickets on sale from today.
Speakers include artists Linder Sterling, Idris Khan, and 2017 Turner Prize winner
Lubaina Himid. They will be joined by art historian Dan Cruickshank, celebrated architects
John Pawson, Amanda Levete and RIBA 2017 Stirling Prize winner Alex de Rijke.
Art Out Loud at Chatsworth, now in its fourth edition, takes place in the stunning grounds of
Tickets are available now at https://www.chatsworth.org/aol – visitors can either purchase
tickets to individual talks or opt for day tickets, which offer seats at a discounted rate for each
of the three days.
Focus on Art
Art Out Loud at Chatsworth is excited to present Lubaina Himid, who made history in 2017
as the first black woman – and the oldest artist – to win the Turner Prize. Her
multidisciplinary practice exposes the politics of race and gender through wide-ranging visual
mediums using found ceramics, painting and large-scale cutouts. At the festival, she will be
in conversation with Dr Zoe Whitley, curator of International Art at the Tate Modern,
exploring art as activism, political acts of curating and the sheer joy of art making.
Chatsworth’s first ever artist-in-residence, Linder Sterling will be joined by Lord Burlington
to discuss her Chatsworth exhibition, Her Grace Land, and its unparalleled poly-sensory
approach to the past, present and future.
Leading British artist Idris Khan will speak about the minimal, yet emotionally charged
photographs, videos and sculptures that make up his practice, exploring the influences and
creative process behind his work.
David Dawson was Lucian Freud’s model, devoted assistant, adviser and friend – and
featured in seven of Freud’s paintings. He will be joined by Martin Gayford (subject of
Freud’s portrait Man with a Blue Scarf) for a unique insight and examination into the life and
work of Lucian Freud, and the complex relationship between artist, sitter and portrait.
In conversation with New York-based sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard, Executive Director
of Yorkshire Sculpture Park Peter Murray will talk about the evolution of YSP and Ursula’s
progress from minimalism to the creation of monumental works for open air.
A lively discussion and some real-life sketching is on the cards as political cartoonist Peter
Brookes joins writer Ann Treneman to talk about his fascinating work and cartooning of
recent political earthquakes for The Times.
The new Director of the Royal Collection, Tim Knox will shed light on his role as the keeper of The Queen’s private collection. World-renowned collector and founder of the new cultural
hub Kanaal, Antwerp, Axel Vervoordt, will explain his philosophy on art and how it has
inspired his diverse collection.
Felicity Aylieff and Natasha Daintry will discuss their practices as ceramicists. The very
different – but equally extraordinary – results of their efforts are exemplified in pieces now
part of the Chatsworth Collection and on display in the house: Chinese Ladders by Felicity
Aylieff (Great Stairs Landing) and Sowing Colour by Natasha Daintry (the Dome Room).
Focus on Architecture and Design
In a year that has seen Chatsworth restored to its full glory following a 10-year renovation
programme, an appreciation of architecture and design is woven through the 2018 festival.
On Saturday, in their talk Living with the Builders, the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire
will be joined by the specialist conservation architect who directed the works, Peter Inskip.
This will be a rare opportunity to hear a discussion on their initial ambitions, reflections and
what it was like to be ‘living with the builders’ – on a grand scale. They will be in
conversation with Anna Farthing, curator of the current exhibition Chatsworth Renewed: the
house past, present and future, which celebrates the skill and commitment of those involved
in this decade of works. The exhibition continues in Chatsworth House during Art Out Loud.
John Pawson, the British architect famous for his minimalist aesthetic, will reflect on a body
of work which spans a broad range of scales and typologies, explaining how, whether he is
designing a bench or taking a photograph, ‘it’s all architecture’.
In a talk curated by the Royal Institute of British Architects, Alex de Rijke founding architect
of dRMM, whose design for Hastings Pier won the 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize and
Herefordshire-based architect Kate Darby will be discussing their practices with Marie Bak
After her 2016 appearance at the festival, Amanda Levete, founder of AL_A and one of the
UK’s leading female architects, returns to talk about the dialogue between history and
modernity in her work on two very different museums, the V&A in London and the Museum
of Art, Architecture & Technology – MAAT – in Lisbon.
Two talks take a more historical view of architecture, as author Kate Hubbard and artist Ed
Kluz look back to 16th century Derbyshire with Bess of Hardwick and her houses, and
developer Trevor Osborne and James Berresford, Chairman of the Buxton Crescent
Heritage Trust, discuss the history the Buxton Crescent, as well as plans for its future. Seats
can be booked online for the complimentary Buxton Crescent talk.
Design critic Alice Rawsthorn will speak about her book Design as an Attitude, exploring
how a new generation of designers and architects are using design to pursue their
humanitarian, political and ecological objectives.
Art historian Dan Cruickshank will talk about his recent journey through Syria and the BBC
TV documentary he made on its architecture, history, national pride and identity. At Art Out
Loud, he looks at IS’s cultural terrorism, examines the monuments damaged, and ponders
the challenges – artistic, technical, ethical – of repair, reconstruction and engineering during
Focus on Education and Family Events
Education is always at the core of what Art Out Loud offers. This year, as part of the
Devonshire Educational Trust programme, a number of spaces will be reserved for local
schools, colleges and universities in five talks on Friday. These include a presentation of
short talks about architecture by students from schools across the country who have
participated in the ARTiculation programme.
For families, sisters Jacky Klein and Suzy Klein present an interactive talk, named after
their book What is Contemporary Art? A Guide for Children, exploring the wonderful world of
contemporary art for younger festival attendees. They invite children and families to respond
to, question, and enjoy some of the most exciting art of our time.
Focus on Gardens
With its setting in the enchanting grounds of Chatsworth, thoughts of gardens are never far
from Art Out Loud. This year, gardening writer Anna Pavord discusses the art of
‘marshalling nature’ and ‘getting her hands dirty’, while landscape architect Todd
Longstaffe-Gowan talks about the challenges and rewards of gardening in the tropics.
Art Out Loud takes place in the magical setting of Chatsworth’s South Lawn. All ticket
holders also enjoy access to the Chatsworth Garden. Ticket holders can optionally upgrade
their ticket to gain access to Chatsworth House and Chatsworth Renewed: the house past,
present and future, a special exhibition revealing the story of the Chatsworth renovation,
which runs until 21 October 2018.
Sculpture from Chatsworth will for the first time be centre-stage for the autumn exhibition in
the garden. Visitors to Art Out Loud will have the chance to focus on the presence of
sculpture within the wider Chatsworth landscape. By encouraging the discovery of new
viewpoints across the landscape, this year Chatsworth will draw attention to the historic eyecatchers
and fountains, as well as new developments, recent sculpture and planting in the
Tickets for Art Out Loud at Chatsworth are on sale now at https://www.chatsworth.org/aol
Festival talks Adult £14 | Child £8 each
Friday and Sunday Festival day tickets
Adult £30 | Child £17
Saturday Festival day tickets
Adult £45 I £26
All festival tickets and festival day tickets include entry to the garden from 10am - 6pm and
free car parking. Tickets can be upgraded to include entry to the house at a reduced price
(open from 11am to 5pm, with last entry at 4pm).
Art Out Loud at Chatsworth
21 - 23 September 2018
Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP
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Art Out Loud at Chatsworth 2018 - Full Programme
Friday 21 September
10.00 ARTiculation – Inspired by buildings
A presentation of four talks about architecture by students from schools across the country, which
participate in the national ARTiculation programme. The ARTiculation Prize is a national competition
designed to give young people a forum in which they are able to express their ideas on art.
Tickets are complimentary but must be booked in advance.
12.00 Lubaina Himid in conversation with Zoe Whitley – Getting conversation going
In conversation with curator Zoe Whitley, 2017 Turner Prize winner Professor Lubaina Himid
discusses her multi-disciplinary career as artist and teacher, and how her work draws on the politics of
race and gender with the aim of provoking conversation. Dr Zoe Whitley is Curator of International Art
at Tate Modern. Early booking is recommended for this talk.
14:30 John Pawson – It’s all about architecture
For over thirty years – and to global acclaim - John Pawson has been making rigorously simple
architecture that speaks of the fundamentals but is also modest in character. In this talk, Pawson
considers the influences that have helped shape the themes and preoccupations of his work and
examines why, whether he is designing a bench or a building or taking a photograph, “it’s all
14.30 Idris Khan – Conflicting Lines
London-based artist Idris Khan has received international acclaim for his minimal, yet emotionally
charged photographs, videos and sculptures. In this talk, Idris Khan speaks about his practice,
exploring the influences and the creative process behind his work.
16:30 Talk curated by RIBA: Alex de Rijke and Kate Darby, in conversation with Marie Bak
Marie Bak Mortensen, Head of Exhibitions at RIBA, moderates a discussion with RIBA Stirling Prizewinner
Alex de Rijke, of dRMM and Kate Darby, of Kate Darby Architects about their approach to
working in non-urban environments, integrating contemporary architectural practice with vernacular
and historic buildings and surrounding landscape.
16:30 Peter Murray in conversation with Ursula Rydingsvard – Art without walls
Director of Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Peter Murray and sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard share a
passion for sculpture and landscape and together will discuss the evolution of YSP and Ursula’s
progress from minimalism to the creation of monumental works for the open air.
Saturday 22 September
10.00 David Dawson and Martin Gayford – Lucian Freud: Portraits
David Dawson was Lucian Freud’s model, devoted assistant, adviser and friend. The historian, art
critic and author Martin Gayford sat for Lucian Freud in 2003-5 (Man with a Blue Scarf). Now, in
collaboration with the Freud Foundation and others, David Dawson and Martin Gayford have made
major contributions to Lucian Freud (published September 2018), an important two-volume book,
which is the most comprehensive work yet about the artist. Drawing on Freud’s paintings, drawings
and sketches, prints and etchings, they discuss Freud’s life and work - and the role David played in
both - and their experience of being painted by one of the most brilliant artists of the twentieth and
early twenty-first centuries.
10.00 Axel Vervoordt – Universal Art
World-renowned collector and connoisseur of antique and contemporary art, Axel Vervoordt recently
opened the cultural hub Kanaal, on the site of a former 19th-century distillery and malthouse close to
Antwerp. Axel Vervoordt explains his vision on art, how he has always collected and combined art
from various origins and periods and how old art has always been contemporary. He will explain how
this philosophy has inspired him as a curator of exhibitions in Palazzo Fortuny at the Venice Biennale
for over 10 years and also in his work as a gallerist.
12.00 The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, Peter Inskip and Anna Farthing – Living with the
In March 2018, Chatsworth – and particularly its inhabitants, the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire –
rejoiced in the completion of the biggest conservation and restoration of Chatsworth house, its garden
and park, since the 1820s. Specialist conservation architect, Peter Inskip, was appointed to direct and
oversee the work required to renew the infrastructure of the building. In conversation with curator
Anna Farthing, the Duke and Duchess and Peter Inskip talk about their initial ambitions and share
their reflections on the completion of the programme, and on “living with the builders” - on a grand
scale. Chatsworth Renewed is open until October 2018.
12.00 Alice Rawsthorn – Design as an Attitude
Design is one of the most powerful forces in our lives, but is often prone to muddles,
misunderstandings and clichés, and to being dismissed as a manipulative commercial ploy and a
superficial styling tool. In her new book, Design as an Attitude, design critic Alice Rawsthorn explores
how a new generation of designers and architects, are using design to pursue their humanitarian,
political and ecological objectives. At Art Out Loud Alice describes how these designers are liberating
design from its commercial role, and redefining it as an eclectic discipline of instinct, ingenuity and
resourcefulness at a turbulent time when we face changes of unprecedented speed and scale on
14:30 Amanda Levete – History and modernity: a tale of two museums
Against the historic backdrop of Chatsworth, architect Amanda Levete looks at the dialogue between
history and modernity in two very different museums, the V&A in London and the Museum of Art,
Architecture & Technology – MAAT – in Lisbon. In an exploration of these two recently completed
projects, Levete shows how architects today respond when they come up against the resistance of
history and how they develop bolder ideas because resistance forces them to think harder. Examining
these museums’ contrasting but equally rich settings, she shows how innovation and respect for
history can not only coexist but also capture the public imagination.
14:30 Kate Hubbard in conversation with Ed Kluz – Bess of Hardwick and her Houses
Bess of Hardwick (1527-1608) had a passion for building, constructing four houses in Derbyshire over
her lifetime. Author Kate Hubbard and artist Ed Kluz will discuss the part Bess played in the building
process, the importance of her craftsmen, the contribution of Robert Smythson, who designed
Hardwick New Hall and Owlcotes, and the legacy of her houses. Kate Hubbard’s latest book, Devices
and Desires: Bess of Hardwick and the Building of Elizabethan England, examines Bess’s life within
the context of the Tudor building world and is published this year Ed Klutz is an artist, illustrator and
printmaker who explores contemporary perceptions of the past through the reimagining of historic
landscapes, buildings and objects.
16.30 Dan Cruickshank – Palmyra 2018: the death and life of history in a troubled land
BBC TV historian and author of new book Skyscraper Dan Cruickshank discusses his recent travels
with photographer Don McCullin through Syria, and the damage that has been wreaked by the civil
war on not only the population but also on the country’s cultural heritage. In his talk, he describes their
journey through Syria - Damascus, Homs, Krak des Chevaliers and Palmyra - and reflects upon
architecture, history, national pride and identity. He looks at IS’s cultural terrorism, examines the
monuments damaged and ponders the challenges – artistic, technical, ethical – of repair and
16.30 Linder Sterling in conversation with Lord Burlington – “Pray send me a Photograph”
In 2018, Linder Sterling was Chatsworth’s first ever artist-in-residence. For over four decades, Linder
has created images from found photographs and her photomontages are in public and private
collections worldwide. Linder has tried to imagine how Chatsworth could have been depicted through
the camera lens rather than through paint on canvas. With Lord Burlington, she discusses the varied
influences and ideas at work in her Chatsworth exhibition, Her Grace Land.
Her Grace Land continues until 21st October 2018
Sunday 23 September
10.00 Tim Knox – Looking after the Royal Collection
In April 2018, HM The Queen appointed Tim Knox as the new Director of the Royal Collection. With over a million objects, ranging from the Leonardo drawings to superlative French furniture and
porcelain, from carriages to the Crown Jewels, the Royal Collection is one of the greatest art
collections ever formed. Tim will talk about his first impressions of the Royal Collection, and touches
upon some of the more surprising and puzzling aspects of his new responsibilities.
10.00 Anna Pavord in conversation with Ann Treneman – The Curious Gardener: marshalling
nature and the joy of getting your hands dirty
Anna Pavord, journalist for The Independent since 1986 and author of The Tulip and Bulb, joins Art
Out Loud - audiences to discuss the natural world of plants and all topics gardening, far and
wide. Anna will be in conversation with Ann Treneman, columnist for The Times, author of
Landskipping, and keen gardener
12.00 Todd Longstaffe-Gowan – Enhancing Paradise: two contemporary West Indian gardens
Todd Longstaffe-Gowan is a landscape architect, historian, author and collector with an international
design practice based in London. Todd will discuss his role in the creation of two significant gardens
in Barbados and Trinidad, and the pleasures and frustrations of tropical gardening. He will also
consider the challenges faced by Chatsworth in the cultivation of its famous Musa Cavendishii
(Cavendish Banana), imported from Mauritius by William Cavendish, 6th Duke of Devonshire in c1834
12.00 Jacky Klein and Suzy Klein – What is Contemporary Art? A Guide for Children and
Writing and broadcasting sisters Jacky and Suzy Klein look at everything from unusual materials to
innovative techniques, secret identities to soup cans, bright lights to bold ideas, in an interactive talk
that explores the wonderful world of contemporary art. The pair will be discussing their book What is
Contemporary Art? A Guide for Children as they invite children and families to respond to, question
and enjoy some of the most exciting art of our time.
14.30 Peter Brookes in conversation with Anna Treneman –Interesting Times: cartooning
recent political earthquakes for The Times
Award-winning political cartoonist Peter Brookes’ latest book is called “Interesting Times” and, with
subjects such as Trump, Corbyn, Brexit, May and Macron, who could argue with that? Peter will be
showing slides of some of his “favourite” targets and doing some live drawing while discussing his
craft with Ann Treneman, who for 12 years was the award winning political sketchwriter for The
14.30 Felicity Aylieff and Natasha Daintry in conversation with Kate Brindley – From the
sublime to the perilous – making pots in porcelain
In conversation with Kate Brindley, Director of Collections and Exhibitions at Chatsworth, Felicity
Aylieff and Natasha Daintry discuss their practices as ceramicists. The very different – but equally
extraordinary – results are exemplified in pieces now part of the Chatsworth Collection and on display
in the house: Chinese Ladders by Felicity Aylieff (Great Stairs Landing) and Sowing Colour by
Natasha Daintry (the Dome Room). Chinese Ladders and Sowing Colour are now on permanent
display at Chatsworth
16:30 Trevor Osborne and James Berresford – The Buxton Crescent - Restoration and
Buxton’s stunning Crescent was the centrepiece of the Fifth Duke of Devonshire’s plans to establish a
fashionable Georgian spa town in Buxton. The restoration and redevelopment has secured a major
investment of circa £50 million in Buxton and put the town back on the national and international map
as a spa town. Developer Trevor Osborne and James Berresford, Chairman of the Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust, look at the important history the Crescent shares with Chatsworth by discussing the
Crescent’s past, restoration and future.
Chatsworth, set in the heart of the Peak District, is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and
has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family. As well as its inspiring
architecture, landscape and history, Chatsworth also houses the Devonshire Collection, one of
Europe’s most significant art collections. Successive generations of the Cavendish family have commissioned leading artists as well as those less well known since the 17th century up until today.
The 12th Duke and Duchess, and their son and daughter-in-law, share their predecessors’ enthusiasm
for contemporary art. Fine and decorative art acquired over nearly 500 years, is on view throughout
the visitor route. Family portraits by Lucian Freud and Sir Joshua Reynolds share rooms with works by
Sir Anthony Caro, Ai Weiwei and Michael Craig-Martin. Outdoor sculpture by Allen Jones, Barry
Flanagan and Richard Long join 18th century marbles in the garden; Umbrella 2 and High Heel, by Michael Craig-Martin, are the latest, permanent additions to the garden.
Inside the house, the most significant art installation at Chatsworth since the creation of the Sculpture
Gallery in 1832, opened to visitors in spring 2014. Jacob van der Beugel represents the Cavendish
family’s DNA in ceramic panels on the walls of the North Sketch Gallery, in an unusual and creative
take on the traditional portrait. These contemporary commissions embody Chatsworth: personal,
forward-looking and enthusiastically shared with visitors.
In 2018, Chatsworth is hosting Chatsworth Renewed: the house past, present and future. Running
until 21 October 2018, Chatsworth Renewed reveals the story of the biggest restoration and
conservation of the house and grounds since the 1820s. The exhibition is included with entry to the house.
The Chatsworth House Trust is an independent charity (no 511149) set up by the 11th Duke of
Devonshire in 1981 to ensure the long-term survival of Chatsworth House, the art collection, garden,
woodlands and park for the long-term benefit of the public. The charity promotes the study and
appreciation of Chatsworth as a place of historic, architectural and artistic interest and of natural
beauty, and encourages the use and enjoyment of Chatsworth by visitors for education and
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