The Grand Tour - a cultural journey across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire – opens today at four of the UK’s most distinguished arts institutions - Nottingham Contemporary, Chatsworth, The Harley Gallery and Derby Museums.
This series of landmark exhibitions includes major shows by Linder at Nottingham Contemporary and Chatsworth, a delicate range of lithophanes by Clare Twomey at The Harley Gallery, and a compelling show celebrating ‘The Art of Industry’ at Derby Museums. A communal thread is found in the four exhibitions in the celebration of both the artistic process and the impact of industrial creation.
Alongside the four leading venues participating in this year’s instalment of The Grand Tour, a fringe programme of eight collateral exhibitions and events celebrate the tradition of The Grand Tour.
The fringe programme spans a wide range of activities featuring ‘Lace Unveiled’ exhibition (10 March - 22 April) at Nottingham City Museums and Galleries; ‘The Penny Podcasts’ produced by Syson Gallery investigating the provision of free access to education (March - May); ‘Scaling the Sublime: Art at the Limits of Landscape’ at Djanogly Gallery (23 March - 17 June); other projects include workshops and installations, as well as culinary experiences.
Nottingham Contemporary - The House of Fame
‘The House of Fame’ at Nottingham Contemporary (24 March - 24 June 2018) is an ambitious exhibition convened by British artist Linder, informed by her time as artist in residence at Chatsworth. At the heart of the presentation is a retrospective of Linder’s work, spanning more than 40 years of photomontage, graphics, costume and performance works. The retrospective is accompanied by a constellation of Linder’s artistic influences, from the worlds of art and architecture, fashion and theatre, music and design. Stretching from the early 17th century to today, ‘The House of Fame’ hosts 200 works – drawings, sculptures, furniture, jewellery, photographs, banners – by dozens of artists selected by Linder.
Chatsworth - Her Grace Land
‘Her Grace Land’ (24 March - 21 October 2018) features a series of interventions created by Linder during her time as artist in residence at Chatsworth. Linder draws inspiration from the house itself and its surroundings, using Chatsworth as a kind of ‘sensorium’. Linder has immersed herself in the life of the stately home and its 500-year history, producing a series of works to be experienced through a variety of senses. Linder created incense from the aromatic plants on the estate, recorded oral stories, and used the everyday sounds of the house and estate for new musical compositions alongside new photomontages.
The Harley Gallery - Half in Shadow: Half in Light
In The Harley Gallery’s exhibition, ‘Half in Shadow: Half in Light’ (24 March - 17 June 2018), British artist Clare Twomey explores life on the historic Welbeck Estate through a series of lithophanes. Twomey reinvents the traditional technique of the lithophane with ten portraits of people who live and work on the Welbeck Estate, representing the contemporary life on the grounds. The artist sheds light on the repurposed buildings on the estate such as the Dairy and the Brewery, depicting people in their working environment and allowing new stories to take centre stage.
Derby Museum and Art Gallery - The Art of Industry
Derby Museum and Art Gallery’s exhibition ‘The Art of Industry: From Joseph Wright to the 21st Century’ (24 March - 17 June 2018) looks back at the region’s industrial history and manufacturing landscape through both historic artefacts and contemporary artistic interpretation.
The display is organised in three different sections: ‘Industrial Landscapes’ showcases the transformation of the Industrial landscape from Romantic glorified scenes to the Victorian portrayal of a place of hardship and includes some of L. S. Lowry’s most prominent paintings; ‘People at Work - the Factory Floor’ features major loans from the Tate including a lithograph from Christopher R. W. Nevinson, photographs from Maurice Broomfield among others; finally, ‘Workshop’ displays objects from Derbyshire’s rich industrial past - tools, machines, as well as examples of their manufacturing products, and marketing and graphic materials which we associate with them.
‘The Art of Industry’ shows the evolving relationship that artists have had with the manufacturing heritage that helps define the Midlands as a hub of industry in the UK.
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Notes to Editors
The Grand Tour
Launched in 2015, the Grand Tour partnership of Nottingham Contemporary, Chatsworth, Derby Museums and The Harley Gallery, together with Visit Nottinghamshire and Visit Peak District & Derbyshire, is a groundbreaking example of cultural tourism that aims to showcase the region’s diverse richness of art, architecture and landscape to a new generation of local, national and international visitors. Supported by Arts Council England’s Cultural Destinations fund and The D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership. D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership is a private sector-led partnership which promotes economic growth across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.
Chatsworth is a member of the Treasure Houses of England, ten of the most magnificent palaces, stately homes and castles in England. The Chatsworth House Trust is dedicated to the preservation 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 recreation. Chatsworth is only 16 miles from the M1, 10 miles from Chesterfield, and 8 miles north of Matlock, in the heart of Derbyshire’s Peak District National Park, and is well served by transport links throughout the UK.
About Nottingham Contemporary
Nottingham Contemporary brings international art to an iconic building in the city centre. Designed by Stirling Prize-winning Caruso St John Architects, it is one of the largest and most ambitious contemporary art spaces in the UK. Since opening in 2009, it has organised more than 50 exhibitions, welcoming some 1.5 million visitors. Since February 2016, the director has been Sam Thorne.
Nottingham Contemporary is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and regularly funded by Nottingham City Council.
About The Harley Gallery
The Harley Gallery is where old and new come together. It has a national reputation for excellence and innovation, aiming to widen participation and develop understanding of the work of practicing artists andmakers. Situated on the ducal estate of Welbeck in North Nottinghamshire, the gallery is easily accessible from both the A1 and M1.
The three gallery spaces show exhibitions of contemporary visual art and craft which change 5 times a year, alongside a gallery shop, recognised by the Crafts Council as a quality retail outlet. In 2016, The Harley opened a further exhibition space dedicated to showing objects from The Portland Collection of fine and decorative arts built up by the Dukes of Portland and their families who have lived at Welbeck for over 400 years.
About Derby Museums
Derby Museums Trust runs three museums, The Silk Mill is currently being redeveloped of part of a £16.4m project to create Derby’s Museum of Making. The new Museum will have communities at its heart and is being uniquely co-produced with the people of Derby. Due to open in 2020 it will bring science and art together to celebrate Derby as a City of Makers. Derby Museums’ principal funders are Derby City Council, Arts Council England and The Heritage Lottery Fund.
The Museum also tells the archaeological and natural history of Derbyshire, which features some of the earliest objects made by humans in England. At the Silk Mill its Re:Make programme is redefining the museum, as young people, hackers and crafts people, bring together science and art to present Derby as the City of Makers. Derby Museums Trust’s principal funders are Derby City Council and Arts Council England.
Linder Sterling is an influential British artist and musician, born in Liverpool in 1954. She has exhibited and performed internationally, and a number of monographs have been published on her work. Notably, in 2013, she was the subject of a major touring retrospective, originating from the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville in Paris. In the UK, she has had a solo exhibition at the Hepworth Wakefield, and has collaborated with Northern Ballet. In 2013–14, Linder was the inaugural artist-in-residency at Tate St Ives. In 2019, she will have a solo exhibition at Kettle's Yard in Cambridge.
Linder has worked with the photographic image for over four decades. She works with found photographs from the early 20th century to the present day, utilising the techniques of photomontage to create new imagery and new meanings distinct from her source material. Linder’s photomontages are often incorporated within other disciplines, including fashion, ballet, cosmetics, performance, film and interior design.
About Clare Twomey
Born in 1968, Clare Twomey is a British artist and a research fellow at the University of Westminster who works with clay in large-scale installations, Sculpture and site-specific works. Over the past 10 years she has exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate, Crafts Council, Museum of Modern Art Kyoto Japan, the Eden Project and the Royal Academy of Arts. Within these works Twomey has maintained her concerns with materials, craft practice and historic and social context.
Clare Twomey’s installations have the social and historical context in which the installation is created as their point of departure. Often they only exist within these frameworks. A number of her installations disappear or perish in the course of the exhibition period as part of the work. Often the onlooker’s mode of behaviour is conceptually included in Twomey’s works. This, for example, applied to the artwork Conscience/Consciousness (2003), in which Twomey had covered the floor of the gallery with very thin ceramic tiles which broke when trodden on.
Clare Twomey is actively involved in critical research in the area of the applied arts, including writing, curating and making. She has developed work, which expands the fields’ knowledge of larger scale installation works.