Tatton Park Biennial 2010 Makes a Splash | Knutsford Times

Tatton Park Biennial 2010 Makes a Splash

By on January 27, 2010

From 8 May – 26 September 2010, this unique contemporary art event returns to Tatton Park.  Over 20 emerging and internationally recognised artists will create new works inspired by and for the Mansion, Parkland and Gardens.

These diverse and dynamic works have been specially commissioned for Tatton Park Biennial 2010 and will have their world premieres at the historic estate in rural east Cheshire.

The inaugural Biennial, which took place in the summer of 2008, saw artists, performers and writers develop new works for Tatton Park, to considerable critical and public acclaim.  Tatton Park Biennial 2008 was shortlisted for the prestigious Lever Prize and one artwork, Heather & Ivan Morison’s I am so sorry. Goodbye (Escape Vehicle No 4) was selected by RSA Arts & Ecology Magazine as one of the world’s most inspiring artworks of 2008.

Tatton Park Biennial 2010 will take a site-specific theme of ‘Framing Identity’.  Artists and writers will develop works which will examine the site as a living and evolving subject, exploring our ‘sense of place’ and what roots the individual to a particular location.

The artworks will take a diverse number of forms: large scale installations, experimental film works, comic, performance and the written word.

A proposal for one piece, Lily, can be seen above.  Renowned environmental artist, Steve Messam, will create a beautiful trail of bright red lily pads across Tatton Mere. At five metre diameter, they will be large and striking enough to be seen from aeroplanes on Manchester Airport’s flight path.

Integral to Tatton Park Biennial 2010 is partnership working with a number of organisations from the arts and cultural sectors and an ambitious education and outreach programme, including public events and workshops.  Funders include Arts Council England, the North West Regional Development Agency, The National Trust, European Regional Development Fund, Cheshire’s Gardens of Distinction, Cheshire East Council and Tatton Park Trust.

Curators, Danielle Arnaud and Jordan Kaplan, Parabola, commented “We have been working for the past year with Tatton staff and a new group of artists to deliver the second edition of the Biennial.  We are looking forward to seeing the works moving off the paper and into the grounds and Mansion! ‘Framing Identity’ marks Tatton’s Biennial as a truly unique event – an acknowledgement of the specifics of people and place from some of the finest national and international artists practising today”.

Brendan Flanagan, Tatton Park and Visitor Economy Manager commented “Set in one of Cheshire’s great Gardens of Distinction, the Tatton Park Biennial will once again show that contemporary art is not the preserve of city centre galleries. This challenging collection of new work will help cement Tatton’s growing reputation for creativity, vision and style set alongside its established name as a magnificent heritage attraction.”

Have we whet your appetite? Are you keen to find out more? Visit www.tattonparkbiennial.org, join our mailing list and expect more from us over the coming months.

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