Tatton Park Biennial

Ice Table by Oona Grimes. Photo: Thierry Bal

I previously posted about the Japanese garden at Tatton Park, but this estate is also known for the Tatton Park Biennial, a showcase for contemporary art. It runs until 26 September this year.

A Confusion of Mirrors by Sophie Lascelles. Photo: Thierry Bal

The works have been created specially for display in the mansion, the garden and the deer park.

Hands and Sighs by Tony Grisoni. Photo: Thierry Bal

They include a group of works by Oona Grimes, Tony Grisoni and Sophie Lascelles about the life of Maurice, the fourth and last Lord Egerton, who left Tatton to the National Trust in 1958.

Maurice Egerton, fourth Baron Egerton (1874-1958)

Egerton was an enigmatic and very private man. He travelled widely and had a great interest in technology, dabbling in aviation and cinematography. Gatsby-like, he built a huge mansion full of gadgets on his Kenyan estate in 1938, to impress the woman he loved. When she spurned him he became even more eccentric, banning women from his presence altogether.

MAD (Maurice's Arctic Diary) by Oona Grimes

The works by Grimes, Grisoni and Lascelles are attempts to engage with the mysteries of Egerton’s character. 

Fire Table by Oona Grimes. Photo: Thierry Bal

Further information can be found on the Tatton Park Biennial website. In addition, an excellent new blog has sprung up about contemporary art projects at National Trust properties, called Trust New Art.

6 Responses to “Tatton Park Biennial”

  1. Barbara Says:

    Thanks. New blog has great potential. Great exhibit title “Bling Meets Baroque.”

  2. Emile de Bruijn Says:

    Yes it is interesting to see how different parts of the National Trust are discovering the possibilities of blogging. Interestingly, quite a few of the NT blogs are about nature reserves. Some properties also have their own Facebook pages.

  3. style court Says:

    Fascinating. Appreciate the link to the new blog.

  4. Ashley Says:

    hey, nice blog…really like it and added to bookmarks. keep up with good work

  5. Maggie McKean Says:

    I was fascinated to see the photograph you included of Maurice, 4th Baron Egerton of Tatton. Having worked at Tatton Park for 14 years and never having seen that photograph before, I wondered where you had found it?

  6. Emile de Bruijn Says:

    I found it on the Tatton Park website, the one of the local authority who runs the house: http://www.tattonpark.org.uk/Attractions/Mansion/mauriceegerton.htm

    You may want to check with the property manager about where the original image is or comes from.

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