Barbara Cartland inspires new work for Tatton Park Biennial 2012 | Knutsford Times

Barbara Cartland inspires new work for Tatton Park Biennial 2012

By on November 14, 2011

How fortunate we chose electric pink for the key colour of Tatton Park Biennial 2012!

Ultimate Holding Company, an artist collective based in Manchester, has been selected to create a new work for Tatton Park Biennial 2012, partly inspired by the life and work of Barbara Cartland. Their proposal, ‘Colditz Cock’, is a collaborative work which will explore the literary legacy of this international author, her fascination with flight and early gliding and the story of the Colditz Cock, an escape glider built by British prisoners of war.

Ultimate Holding Company is one of two winners of the 2012 Biennial Open Competitions, held to select North West artists/designers and Cheshire recent art graduates for two commissions. Ultimate Holding Company is the winner of the Cheshire recent graduate competition.

The North West artists/designers’ competition has been awarded to Pointfive, Jonathan Woodward and Steven Thorpe, who are based in Liverpool. Their proposal for a Biennial kiosk, based on the ‘Black Box’ flight recorder, will work as both a meeting and information point and an experiential artwork exploring the passage of time.

The artists will be awarded a budget to cover fees, materials and expenses. Most importantly, however, they will participate in the prestigious 2012 Biennial, sharing a high-profile platform with other emerging as well as established national and international artists.

Tatton Park Biennial is a leading contemporary art event.  Every other year new work is commissioned from established and emerging artists, inspired by and for the historic site in rural Cheshire East.  Previous Biennials took place in 2008 and 2010.

In 2012 the Biennial will examine the human urge to fly and the aeronautical legacy of Tatton Park and the region.  The third Biennial will work to develop its themes with artists and their commissions establishing substantial links with industry, academia and business in the Olympic year.

In addition to the two open competitions for Cheshire and North West designers/artists, work will be commissioned by curator’s appointment and peer recommendation from leading organisations

Curators, Danielle Arnaud and Jordan Kaplan said: “We were very fortunate to have had such high-quality proposals for the 2012 competitions and thank all those who put themselves forward. We are delighted to be including Pointfive and Ultimate Holding Company in ‘Flights of Fancy’. Both groups have brought us plans that address the Biennial and its audience with real imagination and we feel certain these commissions will be valued by visitors in 2012.”

For more information visit: www.tattonparkbiennial.org

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