Spaces of our Own

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‘Spaces of our Own’ was a participatory drawing project led by artist Laura Ellen Bacon, exploring nostalgia through making and constructing spaces.


Participants examined existing landscapes and architecture at both Roche Court and Chatsworth in Derbyshire through imaginative thinking, discussion, tours and drawings.



In October 2013 artist Laura Ellen Bacon led the drawing project ‘Spaces of Our Own’ with over 200 students and families taking part. The project took place across two sites, the New Art Centre, Roche Court, Wiltshire and Chatsworth, Derbyshire. Participants were asked to consider the spaces around them and to explore past spaces and the nostalgia of making spaces, in particular dens. All drew spaces either real or imagined that they would like to inhabit, and these were discussed on tours of the sculpture park at Roche Court and the gardens at Chatsworth. A selection of these drawings and discussions have been captured in an artists’ book and online gallery and blog. Please see below for more details.

At the New Art Centre the schools involved were: Allenbourn Middle School, Wimbourne Minster; Chafyn Grove School, Salisbury; St Michael’s Church of England Primary School, Figheldean; Theale Green School, Theale; The Wellington Academy, Tidworth

At Chatsworth, the project was open to family groups and the following schools: Baslow St. Anne’s School, Baslow; Curbar Primary School, Curbar;

This project was sponsored by event benefactor, Julian Francis and delivered in partnership with The Roche Court Educational Trust and The Devonshire Educational Trust.  If you would like to sponsor an event please contact Emma Kerr, Education Officer 01980 862802 or email

Spaces of Our Own’ Artist Book and Blog

Artist Laura Ellen Bacon has produced an artists’ book to celebrate the project with a selection of drawings and has launched an online blog and gallery which can be viewed at

Artist information: Laura Ellen Bacon

Powerfully organic in appearance, she invariably creates site specific art and has gained a strong reputation for her large works in built environments, interior settings and rolling landscapes, including Chatsworth, Sudeley Castle (for Sotheby’s) and The Artists’ House at Roche Court in Wiltshire.

Laura’s contemporary sculptures were initially inspired by nest-like forms and she has since developed her own unique language with materials – a language that communicates the properties of the materials she uses and her strong desire to turn chaotic amounts of raw materials into ‘spaces’ of some kind.

Laura Ellen Bacon ‘Split Forms’ © the artist and New Art Centre, Roche Court Sculpture Park