A roundup of Trust New Art 2010

21 Dec

As the year nears its end, this slide show (c.2 minutes) shows a selection of images from projects that took place this year.

Over 500,000 visitors to National Trust places had the chance to see contemporary art. The Trust New Art team would like to thank the many people who make this possible: artists, curators, funders, visitors, property teams and volunteers.

2011 will be an exciting year, and we look forward to seeing you then.

All seasonal good wishes to our supporters.

Trust New Art team

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2 Responses to “A roundup of Trust New Art 2010”

  1. Howard Nicholson August 27, 2011 at 6:19 pm #

    In my view, displaying these somewhst inferior works described as “Trust New Art” in the rooms of Ickworth alongside items of artistic merit and historic interest is a big mistake. They add nothing to the room settings and their “bling” appearance is an unwelcome distraction. I hope they have not been purchased using public funds.

    I am all in favour of modern art being displayed at Trust properties in an appropriate place – but not dotted all over the historic rooms as at Ickworth. Why not devote a room at Ickworth to the work of local artists and trust workers – as has been done at some other of your properties? .

    • trustnewart October 11, 2011 at 10:04 am #

      Dear Howard,

      My apologies for a belated reply. I am just getting back to the blog after a challenging summer (personal circumstances).

      Hayley Lock’s project at Ickworth engaged with the stories of the property, and tried the approach of subtle interventions within the historic settings to create a frisson of interest as they were discovered. Clearly this was not a project that worked for you, and on reflection, I think the project could have been communicated more strongly to visitors, which in turn would have helped people locate and understand the work. Knowing the context of the project, there was a large amount of background research on the house done by the artist, but I think this did not come through in how the project was communicated to visitors.

      The aim of Trust New Art is to explore the stories of the property through the work of contemporary artists, rather than building a collection, so these works will remain with the artist. It was paid for through an Arts Council Grants for the Arts bid, with no National Trust funds going towards this project other than staff time for installation (to the best of my knowledge).

      For some properties, creating a dedicated exhibition room has been found to interrupt the flow of the visit if the work is not related to the story of the visit; for others, it has been more successful.

      Kind regards

      Tom Freshwater

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