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House of Beasts takes off at Attingham

  • Date: 22 July 2011
  • Area: Midlands
A kitchen sink with a birds wing coming out of it

Evacuate Kitchen. Credit: Kate MccGwire

Visitors to National Trust property Attingham Park this summer can experience a fascinating new contemporary art exhibition curated and produced by Meadow Arts, who will become a National Portfolio Organisation in 2012.

Animals take the centre stage in House of Beasts, which started in July 2011 and will run until July 2012. Over 30 works, including six new commissions, can be seen in the mansion, stables and parkland of the magnificent property, which was once considered one of Britain's grandest homes.

Attingham Park was built for the 1st Lord Berwick in 1785. The estate is situated between Shrewsbury and the River Severn and is well known for the deer park within the grounds. The exhibition explores evolving human relationships with animals, such as emotional ties to pets, antagonism to pests and admiration and curiosity for birds and butterflies.

Anne De Charmant, Director of Meadow Arts says: 'It is very exciting to be back at Attingham and to be able to offer a further contemporary art show, relating even more closely to the property and its history.'

Meadow Arts invited a number of artists, including Des Hughes, Ruth Claxton, Tom Gallant, Tessa Farmer, Susie MacMurray, and Sophie Molins to produce works inspired by Attingham's history and drawing on its rich collections. These new commissions are shown alongside many further works by high profile and emerging artists.

More information about the individual pieces of work can be found here.

The exhibition supports Trust New Art. This is a three-year contemporary art and craft programme taking place at selected National Trust historic houses, countryside and garden properties across England. It is supported by a partnership between National Trust and Arts Council England to build links between the Trust and the contemporary arts and craft sector.

Trust New Art involves a wide programme of events, projects and products developed to make contemporary arts and crafts an integral part of the National Trust's daily offer to visitors, building new audiences and providing commission opportunities to both emerging and established artists.