In 2013 we reached record figures in the history of the Trust, welcoming a diverse range of students from schools, colleges, universities and other specialist groups to the Roche Court sculpture park. More details about selected events in 2013 are listed below.
Highlights of the year have included our curating seminar ‘Why Put That There’, an opportunity for young people to learn more about curating from a panel of experts including curators from Tate, The Hepworth Wakefield, Pallant House, Cubitt Gallery and New Art Centre.
We held successful workshops for students and teachers led by exhibiting artists including
Laura Ellen Bacon, Laura Ford, Eileen Hogan, Sarah Pickstone and Clare Woods, as well as film screenings on the work of David Jones and Eva Rothschild. As part of the Salisbury International Arts Festival, the artist Sarah Pickstone and novelist Ali Smith discussed their work for an audience at Roche Court. We hosted ‘Spaces of Our Own’ a large artist led project with Laura Ellen Bacon both at Roche Court and at Chatsworth, with over 250 students taking part.
We have been pleased to offer family workshops in every school holiday and teachers open evenings in each academic term to share the work and opportunities of the Trust and to support new and existing audiences.
The Trust are establishing successful collaborations and projects, including monthly visits to the New Art Centre for residents at the Help for Heroes run recovery centre, Tedworth House supporting speaking and listening skills, and critical thinking, as part of their rehabilitation. Working with Larkrise Special Educational Needs School the Trust supports ‘The Multi-Sensory Project’ creating sensory experiences for children with profound or multiple disabilities based upon the exhibits at Roche Court.Further partnerships will be piloted in 2014 with Mottisfont, The National Trust and the Salisbury and South Wilts Museum to encourage looking at art and learning outside the classroom.
Highlight Events 2013.
‘Why Put That There?’ A curating seminar for young people
Thursday 7 November 2013 at Roche Court
A day seminar for local young people aged 16-24, to find out more about the role of curating in the art world. Why curation is important; how to pursue a career in the field and to have the opportunity to gain practical advice from professionals, supporting their own studies and future careers. The day included presentations from Curators at Tate, Cubitt Gallery, The Hepworth Wakefield and Pallant House Gallery.
Further information about this event click Why put it there
‘Spaces of Our Own’
‘Spaces of Our Own’ was a participatory drawing project led by artist Laura Ellen Bacon, exploring nostalgia through making and constructing spaces. The Project explored both the symbolic and actual methods of making spaces. Ephemeral constructions, similar to those in Laura’s works are often informed by play and the imagination, capturing the essence of den building reminiscent of childhood. Participants examined existing landscapes and architecture at both Roche Court, Wiltshire and Chatsworth, Derbyshire through imaginative thinking, discussion, tours and drawings.
Held in October 2013. For further information click Spaces Of Our Own
Sarah Pickstone and Ali Smith in Conversation
Monday 3rd June 2013 at Roche Court
A fascinating evening when the artist Sarah Pickstone and the novelist Ali Smith discussed their work. Sarah Pickstone won the John Moores Painting Prize 2012 and in 2013 she exhibited at Roche Court. Ali Smith has won the Whitbread Novel of the Year and been nominated for the Man Booker and Orange Prize.
For more information click Sarah Pickstone and Ali Smith flyer
Eileen Hogan Workshops, Listening and Looking March 2013
A theme of Eileen Hogan’s work is the relationship between portraiture and biography, explored through her practice as a painter and working alongside an oral historian. This practical workshop explored both the artists practice, and practical techniques and studies in portraiture.
Cathy Courtney, a writer and oral historian, joined Eileen Hogan for this practical workshop, which explored how a drawn likeness could be achieved, and how knowledge of a person, gained through oral history, might contribute to a portrait.
For more information click Listening and Looking Workshop with Eileen Hogan Student Flyer
Laura Ford Workshops with Theatre Artist Lorna Rees and Students from Harrow Way Community School March 2013
Laura Ford led creative workshops to explore the themes of her practice and in particular relating to her exhibition at Roche Court, Laura Ford: Days of Judgement, from 24 November 2012 –3 February 2013. Key ideas within Ford’s work were explored through improvisation and Laura was joined by Theatre Artist Lorna Rees to deliver the content of what proved to be a fast-moving workshop filled with practical exercises that stimulated a great deal of critical thought.In the workshops students looked at how you can express emotions such as ‘anxiety’ and ‘shame’ through movement and how the body may be used to create inspiration for shape within their own artwork. A brief introduction to Beatnik poetry and tableau was included to be used as inspiration in student’s own work.
Students from Harrow Way Community School took up this wonderful opportunity and all had a very successful day.
Watch the video of Laura Ford here
These workshops were kindly supported by the Friends of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, UK.
David Jones: Between the Wars, The Years of Achievement
A film by Derek Shiel and Adam Alive
A screening of the fascinating documentary exploring the life and work of the Anglo-Welsh artist-poet David Jones during the inter war years produced by Derek Shiel, Writer-Director and one of the foremost scholars of David Jones’s visual arts and Adam Alive, Producer-Director, an award winning London based filmmaker.This event was held at Roche Court and was introduced by Derek Shiel.
For more information click here David Jones Flyer
The Trust enjoyed a very successful year with record numbers using our resources. Please click here to see our review of 2013.
We have a number of ongoing project collaborations and further information on these can be found here.