From 19th July, the Victorian Gothic mansion of Tyntesfield, and Leigh Woods, a National Nature Reserve, both cared for by the National Trust will be transformed by artists Assemble, London Fieldworks, Nina Saunders, Insa Winkler, Owen Griffiths and Fern Thomas.
Using diverse materials and methods ranging from ceramics, textile, hand crafted wood, taxidermy and edible plants the artists will create 6 new installations. Visitors will be able to interact with the new art works through touch, smell and taste. The artists are exploring how we are affected by the design of our environment and how they are a reflection of our relationship with the urban and the rural.
Artist and landscape designer Insa Winkler is responding to the unusual water history of the estate by working with the garden team to transform Lady Wraxall’s Garden into a sustainable oasis. Nina Saunders has transformed the Aviary into a world where birds and humans take a new form.
In direct response to the planned planting of a new orchard at Tyntesfield Owen Griffiths and Fern Thomas are designing a new space – ‘The Green Room’. This room will host a range of activities and events connected to the process of ‘Preparing the Soil’ for the new orchard. As well as this, over the course of the show, a viewing tower will be constructed so that guests can overlook what will, one day, be home to the trees producing Tyntesfield’s own range of apple juice.
Found on Tyntesfield’s abandoned tennis court and a hidden corner of the arboretum, London Fieldworks will present two new intriguing architectural interventions constructed in collaboration with the Somerset Bodgers and the Tyntesfield volunteers.
“The works are all found in spaces that are to some extent hidden or unused; an abandoned tennis court, an unused Aviary, a hidden glen and often overlooked ornamental gardens” says the National Trust’s Project Curator Ruth Gooding.
“Rather than being kept a respectful distance away, visitors will be able to get up close to the art, touch it and see how it affects them and discuss that with our guides and the volunteers at Tyntesfield. In these intriguing spaces the artists have seized the opportunity to design a world within a world – a future paradise which might be sustainable, utopian or even otherworldly.”
Less than five miles away, near the heart of Bristol, Leigh Woods plays host to a collaboration between the Arnolfini and architecture and design collective Assemble, who have been commissioned to explore the potential of the site as a space for experimental play.
Location: Tyntesfield, Wraxall, Bristol, BS48 1NX and at Leigh Woods near Bristol.
Opening times: Daily from 19 July - 2 November 2014
Admission: Tyntesfield normal admission prices (free to members) including gift aid: Adult: £14.60;
Child: £7.30; Family: £36.50; Leigh Woods – free.
More information is available on:
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/tyntesfield or www.trustnewartbristol.co.uk