The Strawberry Hill Trust invited Stephen Feeke, Director of the New Art Centre, Roche Court Sculpture Park, to curate the first exhibition of contemporary art in the grounds and house at Strawberry Hill from June – November 2015. The exhibition marked the reopening of Strawberry Hill House after the second wave of restoration of its interiors and presented sculptures by Laura Ford.
Laura Ford’s work is particularly well-suited to the history and atmosphere of Strawberry Hill, its Gothic architecture and the sensibilities of its creator, Horace Walpole, as well as those of the eighteenth century animal sculptor Anne Seymour Damer, to whom Walpole bequeathed the house.
Once Upon a Sculpture
Story telling project for Primary Schools in partnership with Strawberry Hill
20 June –6 November 2015
Primary Schools were invited to explore Laura Ford’s sculpture through the arts and literacy curriculum. Laura Ford is well-known for her portrayals of animals, with which she explores aspects of the human condition.
All schools were invited to visit Strawberry Hill, Twickenham or the New Art Centre Sculpture Park, Wiltshire to see the art exhibitions by Laura Ford. Using these surreal and evocative artworks as inspiration the children created stories, poems and letters. Their creative writing was then submitted back to the Trust and exchanged between the two venues in order to share and celebrate the art of storytelling.
To see some of these outcomes please select from the list below:
Laura Ford in Conversation with Stephen Feeke
Tuesday 23 June at Strawberry Hill.
Laura Ford discussed her current exhibition at Strawberry Hill House with Stephen Feeke, Director of the New Art Centre. The event was a unique opportunity to hear the artist’s perspective about her practice and the themes surrounding the work. Guests had the opportunity to explore the current exhibition before listening to the talk.
To watch the talk, click here.
Laura Ford Workshops
Thursday 1 October 2015
Laura Ford led creative workshops to explore the themes of her practice and in particular her new exhibition at Strawberry Hill. The workshop included a tour of the exhibition with performance and creative writing activities.
Thursday 8 October 2015
The workshop stimulated students’ interest and understanding of art while developing individual thinking, observation, research, language and presentation skills. Using the Laura Ford’s exhibition at Strawberry Hill House, students were invited to explore the selected artworks and the unique Gothic architecture as well as the sensibilities of its creator, Horace Walpole, through personal observation, discussion and research. Led by art experts, students were encouraged to think independently, ask informed questions and analyse information. At the end of the day students delivered their research and personal responses in short group presentations to the workshop leaders and their fellow student investigators.