I am incredibly excited. I am about to start a 3 month residency at Mottisfont. I have been a regular visitor for the 20 years that I have lived in Winchester but never dreamt I would be asked to make work in response to the place – A Place for Art. My first day is next Tuesday 13 Nov so I’ll take some photos and post them in then. Meanwhile here is some text from their website.
Mottisfont is a National Trust estate situated in the Test Valley near Romsey in Hampshire, rich in histories of people and communities. Its Grade I historic house sits at the heart of a 1,645 acre estate adjacent to Mottisfont village, which includes ancient woodland, rare wildlife and world-status chalk streams, as well as 64 vernacular buildings. The house itself is a unique country mansion with a medieval priory still visible at its heart. It is surrounded by a designed landscape characterised by several phases of planning dating from the mid 18th century and culminating in the works of some of the most prominent garden designers and horticulturalists of the 20th century.
The National Trust at Mottisfont has been successful in securing finding for a project entitled ‘A Place for Art’. This is part of ‘Storyscape’, a major initiative to build new visitor facilities and reinterpret Mottisfont for future visitors. The project will deliver a series of six co-creative artist residencies, over period of two years from November 2012 – October 2014. Each residency will be for a period of three months and will run consecutively. The resident artists will be expected to work collaboratively with Mottisfont’s communities and to produce a piece of work which can be installed on site for 6 – 12 months. Each piece will open up one of our stories, as part of our interpretation and engagement strategy.