The influential British artist and key figure of the punk scene Linder Sterling has been welcomed as the inaugural artist-in-residence at Chatsworth.
The work informed by her time at Chatsworth - believed to be the first ever artist residency at a stately home - is to be shown at Nottingham Contemporary (24 March—17 June 2018) as part of a wider exhibition and major retrospective titled House of Fame. An exhibition of some of the pieces created by Linder from her residency will also be shown at Chatsworth (24 March-21 October 2018).
The announcement comes after the British artist was revealed to be a recipient of a major art award given to artists at a timely moment in their careers. The Paul Hamlyn Foundation award worth £60,000 is intended to give artists the freedom to develop their creative ideas and to grow both personally and professionally.
Best known for her subversive photo montages, Linder has been working with collage for over four decades using found photographs from the early 20th century to the present day. Linder regularly uses photo montage to explore the treatment of the female body, often to make a point about the cultural expectations of women. A key figure of the Manchester punk and post punk scenes, one of most well-known pieces is her album cover for the Buzzcocks featuring a collage of a naked woman with an iron for a head.
During her residency, Linder will immerse herself in the life of the estate for six months, experiencing the landscape, changing seasons and everyday lives of those who live and work at Chatsworth. She will create a new image bank to provide a resource for future photo montages as a way of taking Chatsworth ‘out into the world’. Other ideas she is exploring include: producing an incense from the aromatic woods and plants on the estate; creating images on textiles in collaboration with fashion designers; recording oral histories, and using the everyday sounds of the house within musical compositions.
Linder said: “After my first month at Chatsworth, I've already learned how to turn back the hands of time, both literally and metaphorically. At the end of October, I turned the hands of the church clock backwards to mark the passing of British Summer Time. The hands of the church clock groaned, as if they knew that they were moving contra natura. I've also become adept at time travel, studying various treasures from the collection in order to steer my course through centuries past. Time here folds in upon itself, it's a very heady sensation, one that's hard to resist. The new works that I'm making in situ will mirror this and all of the above.”
The Duke of Devonshire said: “Chatsworth is pleased and proud to welcome the artist and musician Linder Sterling as our very first artist-in-residence. We are tremendously excited to invite Linder to interpret Chatsworth through her own particular lens as she seeks to create new ways to communicate and transport experience of her encounters beyond Chatsworth.”
Chatsworth will also be making a number of loans from its collection for the Nottingham Contemporary exhibition which forms part of the Grand Tour - supported by the Arts Council - bringing together cultural organisations across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
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Chatsworth is a member of the Treasure Houses of England, ten of the most magnificent palaces, stately homes and castles in England. treasurehouses.co.uk
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.
For further information, visit: chatsworth.org
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