Fresh Take was an innovative contemporary arts residency programme and exhibition at Burghley House featuring 6 local artists with a broad range of practices – from street art to sugarcraft. Their responses to the House’s interior and its history juxtaposed the traditions of Burghley with current contexts. The project involved a collaborative research and development phase assisted by an advisory panel which allowed the artists to push boundaries and develop their practices into new areas. The artworks eschewed traditional approaches and were innovative in medium and concept, providing a sympathetic but challenging complement to Burghley House’s exceptional collection of historic paintings and artworks. The final works were shown in the House’s State Rooms from September to November 2013.
More details regarding the residency and its outcomes can be found on the project Facebook page.
|The National Lottery through Arts Council England|
Art in the Heart
Sheelah Mahalath Bewley, Artist
Laura Mason, Food Historian
Geraldine Dahlke, Sugarcraft Specialist
Anita has a background in both the life sciences and textile arts. She creates intricate sculptural textiles, with particular reference to biodiversity. She works in a variety of non traditional-materials and techniques, principally knitting with wire. Her work has been exhibited at the Hayward Gallery and the Smithsonian Institute, Washington and has been commissioned by the Crafts Council and Royal Naval Museum, Portsmouth.
Jason is a digital artist with a degree in Illustration. His work has been exhibited at charity events for Scope and The Children’s Society, as well as at Overground, UPFest and Art in the Heart. Using macabre themes, Jason’s drawings expose the fragile state of his characters as they make a dark discoveries.
Lindsey is inspired by history, objects and spaces which have witnessed a narrative unfold. Textile and fashion construction are her main process to retell stories in new ways, but also combining unusual elements: the blend of text and textiles is central to her work. Lindsey trained in Textile Decoration, Costume Design and Museology. Museums across the UK use her costumes and her artwork has been shown in the Natural History Museum and Keats House.
Kathryn creates objects that capture and evoke the essence of a place. She has trained and worked in design and sugarcraft, ceramics and printmaking. Her work has been exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Salon Culinaire, Anglian Potters, Art in the Heart and the Still Working Gallery.
Stuart’s background in street art and animation has progressed into the exploration of a diverse range of media and platforms including theatre, sculpture and site specific work. Exhibiting both locally and nationally, his work has featured regularly at Bristol’s UPFest. Current work is largely character based, exploring mask and pattern, producing work that disrupts traditional or anticipated responses.
Sue is primarily a painter/print maker but is expanding her practice to include hand stitched textiles and 3D pieces. Her work explores the hypothesis that our relationship with nature has transcended the agricultural and recreational, becoming a symbolic faith. She uses religious iconography in her work to support this. Her work has been exhibited widely in Peterborough, London and a number of regional galleries as well as in Holland.