A new exhibition of contemporary, monumental ceramics starts at Chatsworth this weekend when the artist Alexander Macdonald-Buchanan opens his ‘QUEST’ installation in the Inner Court, which will be on display from Saturday 26 September to Sunday 25 September.

QUEST features ten works in“a conversation between three juxtaposing groups of ceramic sculpture. They are a response to and interpretation of the emotions, spirit and forces exhibited in human nature,” says Macdonald-Buchanan. “More specifically, they symbolise the contrasting states of energy and reflectiveness as well as the revelation of what is at the core of our multi-layered personalities.”

Named Contemplation, Energy and Revelation, each of the groups has been made from stoneware clay and glazed. Taking a total of three years to create, most of the sculptures stand at more than five feet in height and will be displayed in the Inner Court at Chatsworth House.

QUEST is the latest chapter in a ceramics career that has taken Macdonald-Buchanan around the world in the pursuit of his art. In 1996 he founded The Brooke Pottery, known for its classically designed, giant English urns with a strong contemporary edge and intensity of colour, and his work is now on display across the world from The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; to Sandy Lane Hotel, Barbados; to Asprey's jewellers, New York.

The Duke of Devonshire describes Macdonald-Buchanan as a “remarkable artist” and has followed his career for many years. “I’m enormously excited to see Alexander’s work at Chatsworth. I have visited his studio several times to follow the development of the four “Energy” pieces and, in partnership with the rest of the QUEST exhibition; they combine two of my greatest loves; contemporary ceramic art and monumental sculpture. I know they will make a lasting impression on all those lucky enough to see them.”

The exhibition opens at Chatsworth on Saturday 26 September 2015 at no additional cost beyond a ticket for house entry.

‘QUEST’ is the latest addition to a burgeoning arts scene at Chatsworth. The Art Out Loud literary festival with Grayson Perry and many other artists, makers and curators, has just closed while the ‘Beyond Limits’ monumental sculpture exhibition continues in the garden with more than 30 pieces from Barbara Hepworth, Anthony Caro, Antony Gormley, Sarah Lucas, Damien Hirst, Marc Quinn and many more.

The ‘Make Yourself Comfortable’ exhibition of contemporary seating continues in the house until October while the ‘Grand Tour’ programme of exhibitions and events began in July in conjunction with Nottingham Contemporary, the Harley Gallery and Derby Museums.

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Notes to editors:

1. Chatsworth House Trust
The Chatsworth House Trust is dedicated to the long-term 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 a member of the Treasure Houses of England, 10 of the most magnificent palaces, stately homes and castles in England. www.treasurehouses.co.uk 

Chatsworth is only 16 miles from the MI, 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 about the artist please visit: www.alexandermb.co.uk

For further information or images please contact:
Steve Houghton (steveh@redbrickcommunications.com)
Liz Bee (lizb@redbrickcommunications.com)
Redbrick Communications, 68 St James’s Street, Nottingham, NG1 6FJ
T: 0115 910 1500 www.redbrickcommunications.com

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