The Chatsworth Festival - Art Out Loud (22-24 September) has announced its full
programme for 2017, as tickets go on sale today.
Festival speakers confirmed to appear include artists Grayson Perry, Yinka Shonibare
MBE and Phyllida Barlow, and internationally renowned fashion designers Christopher
Kane and Erdem Moralioglu.
Returning for its third year, Art Out Loud is a festival of talks that offer an insight into the
work, inspirations and ideas of some of the biggest names in the art world. With speakers
including a range of top artists, designers, curators and writers, the festival at
Chatsworth again promises to be the hottest date in the autumn cultural calendar.
Tickets are available now at chatsworth.org/aol – visitors can purchase tickets to
individual talks over the three days, or opt to make it a full day out with festival
day tickets for selected sessions on each day, Friday, Saturday and Sunday,
at a discounted rate.
Following a sell-out appearance at the festival’s inaugural edition in 2015, Grayson Perry
will be returning to Chatsworth for a talk in which he promises “to go off on one” about art,
gender and politics. Entitled Democracy has Terrible Taste, the artist will talk about “bursting
out of his elite metropolitan bubble”, offending people, and his new art show at the
Serpentine, The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!
British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE will discuss a career in which he has focused
on the perspective of ‘otherness’ and his awareness of the subtle intricacies of prejudice.
Sculptor Phyllida Barlow who is enjoying great critical success later in life, will talk about
the creative process underlying her work, which includes creating a solo show for the British
Pavilion at the Venice Biennale this year.
Cornelia Parker will discuss the artistic practice that underpins her transformation of
ordinary objects into compelling and extraordinary installations and her role as official artist
of the 2017 General Election.
Marc Quinn will explore his interest in how the language of classical art can reflect
In celebration of the Chatsworth exhibition House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion,
Saturday’s programme has a distinctive fashion theme. Lady Burlington will talk about her
personal involvement with the stunning show, from concept to installation bringing to life the
historical characters whose clothes and accessories lie at its heart.
British designer Christopher Kane will talk about the impact that his Scottish background
and Central St Martin’s education have had on his work in creating his world-renowned
He is followed by Erdem Moralioglu, designer of ready-to-wear label ERDEM, who will
reveal the inspirations behind the collections that made him one of the fashion industry’s
most highly regarded figures.
Meanwhile, Jonquil O’Reilly, will take a fresh look at fashion excesses as depicted in the
period paintings that adorn the walls of Chatsworth in her talk ‘Dressed to Excess: Extreme
Fashion and Flamboyant Style in the 16th-18th Centuries’.
Sheron Reynolds, Director of Art Out Loud, commented: “We’re thrilled that at “Art Out Loud
2017”, in addition to the many fascinating talks about art, several will be about fashion,
reflecting the theme of the hugely successful “House Style “ exhibition – and that Grayson
Perry, something of a walking (and talking ) fashion icon will be returning to “Art Out Loud”.
With its wide range of speakers, we hope “Art Out Loud 2017” will provide “something for
everyone” while at the same time offering in-depth insights into the work of some
extraordinary individual artists, curators writers – and fashion designers.”
Several speakers will view art through an historical lens. Former MP for Stoke-on-Trent
Tristram Hunt will discuss his new role as Director of the V&A, the history of the institution
and the rediscovery of the spirit of Prince Albert.
Those interested in the work of the Old Masters will enjoy a talk by Bendor Grosvenor on
Sir Anthony Van Dyck’s self-portraits, and Martin Gayford will take a look at how and why
pictures have been made across the millennia with an illustrated talk about his book A
History of Pictures: From Cave to Computer Screen, co-authored with David Hockney.
With its magnificent Peak District setting, discussions of landscape are always a feature of
Art Out Loud. This year, speakers exploring this theme include land artist Richard Long
whose recent Houghton Hall exhibition has met great acclaim; Tom Stuart-Smith, who will
pose the question ‘Why Garden?’; and Kate Brindley, Director of Collections and
Exhibitions at Chatsworth, who will explore the garden, park and estate as seen in the
recently acquired painting View of Chatsworth from the East (c.1703) by Flemish artist Jan
Art Out Loud will also maintain its strong educational element with pupils from local schools
being invited to attend three sessions on Friday morning.
American sculptor Jedd Novatt
will explore the function of art in his talk ‘Must art give satisfaction? And for art to be good
must it satisfy?’ - and pupils will have the chance to join him in a drawing masterclass
Derbyshire-born and internationally acclaimed violinist Lizzie Ball will be performing the
world premiere of a musical journey exploring the life and art of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.
Art Out Loud takes place across two venues at Chatsworth - the magical setting of the South
Lawn and the historic Theatre. All ticket holders can enjoy access to the Chatsworth
Garden and Sotheby’s Beyond Limits monumental sculpture exhibition.
Ticket holders can opt to upgrade their tickets to gain access to Chatsworth House and
the current exhibition House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth which runs until
22 October 2017.
Tickets for Art Out Loud are on sale now at chatsworth.org/aol.
Festival talks Adult £13.50 | Child £8 per talk. Festival day tickets at a discounted rate
All festival tickets and festival day tickets include entry to the garden from 10am - 6pm and
(when purchased in advance) free car parking
Tickets can be upgraded to include entry to the house.
Art Out Loud 2017 Full Programme
Friday 23 September
Jedd Novatt – Must art give satisfaction? And for art to be good must it satisfy?
In conversation with lecturer Dr Jo Melvin, American sculptor Jedd Novatt tackles thorny
questions about the function of art in a discussion that encompasses his work, art history,
aesthetics and the nature of sculptural practice.
Lizzie Ball – Viva la Vida con Frida: A musical journey through the life, times and art
of Frida Kahlo
Internationally acclaimed violinist, vocalist and concert producer Lizzie Ball premieres her
work Viva la Vida con Frida – exploring the world of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. Lizzie is
accompanied by renowned classical guitarist, Morgan Szymanski.
Jasper Conran – In Conversation
A discussion with the legendary British designer, who launched his first womenswear fashion
collection in 1978 and has since diversified into menswear and home sectors, as well as
designing productions for the stage in ballet, opera and theatre.
Phyllida Barlow – For No Reason
Phyllida Barlow has made imposing, large scale sculptural installations with inexpensive
materials for over 40 years and found great success over the last decade. In conversation
with art critic and broadcaster Alastair Sooke, Phyllida Barlow discusses the creative
process that underlies her work and current projects, including her major solo show in the
British Pavilion for this year’s Venice Biennale.
Tom Stuart Smith – Why Garden?
Having studied zoology and trained as a landscape architect, Tom Stuart Smith has
designed for RHS Wisley and Windsor Castle, and designed eight gold medal-winning
gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show. Tom’s talk explores the meaning and value of
Saturday 24 September
Lady Burlington – House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth
Laura Burlington, daughter-in-law of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, discusses the
making of House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth, the exhibition she
conceived, which is the largest and most ambitious to date put on by Chatsworth.
Jonquil O’Reilly – Dressed to Excess: Extreme Fashion and Flamboyant Style in the
16th – 18th Centuries
A writer and specialist in Old Master paintings at Sotheby’s New York, Jonquil O’Reilly
examines paintings from the Devonshire collection through a fashion lens, discussing the
meanings behind the more outlandish sartorial choices and placing them in a historical
Christopher Kane – In Conversation
In a discussion with Sarah Mower, chief art critic of American Vogue.com and chair of the
British Fashion Council’s New Gen Committee, British designer Christopher Kane
talks about his career, his Scottish background, his Central St Martin’s education and the
essential role of his sister Tammy Kane in building his brand.
Martin Gayford – A History of Pictures
Art critic and historian Martin Gayford gives an illustrated talk about his book A History of
Pictures: From Cave to Computer Screen, co-authored with artist David Hockney. He
explores how and why pictures have been made across the millennia.
Yinka Shonibare MBE – In Conversation
Yinka Shonibare MBE, in conversation with art critic and broadcaster Alastair Sooke, talks
about his work as an artist, and how it explores race, class, post-colonialism and the
construction of cultural identity.
Erdem Moralioglu – Fashion and Art
The designer behind ready-to-wear label, ERDEM, in conversation with design critic Alice
Rawsthorn, talks about his work as one of the fashion industry’s most highly regarded
figures, how he finds inspiration, and the creative process behind his designs.
Grayson Perry – Democracy has Terrible Taste
The artist threatens to “go off on one” about art, gender and politics. Touching on how
political art has become fashionable and his new summer show at the Serpentine, The Most
Popular Art Exhibition Ever!, Grayson promises to talk about “bursting out of his elite
metropolitan bubble” and offending people - amongst other topics.
Sunday 25 September
Marc Quinn – Contemporary Art, Old and New
Throughout his career, artist Marc Quinn has examined the body and different
understandings of beauty, exploring how the language of classical art can reflect
contemporary culture (cf. his current exhibition at Sir John Soane’s Museum, Drawn from
Life) In a conversation with Simon Stock, Senior Director and sculpture specialist at
Sotheby’s, Marc Quinn discusses the relationship between his work, the past and the future.
Bendor Grosvenor – Sir Anthony Van Dyck – discovering a life through his selfportrait
Dr Bendor Grosvenor, art historian and broadcaster, (BBC’s “Britain’s Lost Masterpieces)
explores the life of his favourite artist, Sir Anthony Van Dyck, in a talk illustrated by the
Tristram Hunt – The V&A: Rediscovering the Spirit of Prince Albert in the 21st Century
Former MP and now Director of the V&A, Dr Tristram Hunt talks about the continuing impact
of Prince Albert’s vision and legacy on the V&A and the commitment to art, education and
industry that continue to define the institution today. He is introduced by Ann
Treneman,theatrecritic (and former political sketch-writer) for The Times.
Cornelia Parker – Truth to Materials
Rich in visual and verbal allusions, the work of acclaimed artist Cornelia Parker invites
the viewer to see ordinary objects transformed into something compelling and extraordinary.
Cornelia discusses her artistic practice, referencing her recent solo show at the Whitworth
and PsychoBarn, which was exhibited on the roof of the New York Met last year, and her
role as official artist of the 2017 General Election.
Richard Long – Many Rivers to Cross
British land artist Richard Long is in conversation with gallerist Lorcan O’Neill,
discussing a 50 year career whose work includes the Cornwall Late Line (1990) sited beside
the Canal Pond at Chatsworth.
Kate Brindley with Tom Williamson and Charles Noble – New Light on the Chatsworth
Kate Brindley, Director of Collections and Exhibitions at Chatsworth, talks about the
acquisition of the magnificent painting, View of Chatsworth from the East, circa 1703 by the
Flemish artist Jan Siberechts. As the only contemporary colour depiction of the 1st Duke’s
achievements at Chatsworth, the work is of immense historical value. Kate Brindley explores
the history and content of the painting with landscape historian Professor Tom Williamson
and Curator of Fine Art at Chatsworth, Charles Noble.
Details of two further speakers, one a sculptor exhibiting at Chatsworth this autumn in
Sotheby’s Beyond Limits exhibition will be announced at a later date.
Tickets are available online at www.chatsworth.org/aol
The Chatsworth Festival: Art Out Loud
22 - 24 September 2017
Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP