A Place for Art is a project to engage people at Mottisfont in a co-creative process with artists-in-residence to produce 6 new pieces of visual art. The project will deliver a series of six co-creative artist residencies over a period of two years. Each residency will be for a period of three months and the artists will work collaboratively with Mottisfont’s communities to produce a piece of work which can be installed on site for 6 – 12 months. Each piece of art will open up one of the fascinating stories of Mottisfont.
Our current artists in residence are Heinrich & Palmer. Anna Heinrich and Leon Palmer have worked in collaboration since 1991 and their artworks range from photographic and light installations to large scale projection events and public art interventions. Their approach is often site specific, allowing the development of artworks to evolve in response to the context of a place and its unique qualities. During their residency here they are interested in exploring ideas of Arcadia, dioramas, myrioramas, and vistas.
Our second artist in residence was Hywel Davies, composer and sound artist. Hywel recorded Mottisfont’s dawn chorus and explored the music and text of the Lauds, the songs that the priors who once lived here would have sung to welcome in the new day. Hywel drew on these elements to create his compositions, which were recorded by Kokoro and Mottisfont’s own cmmunity chior drawn from staff and volunteers. Hywel’s piece, Test Polyphony, can be heard in the Cellarium.
Our first artist in residence was Anna Cady. Anna used a remarkable little ‘point of view’ camera which attaches to the body on a harness and asked staff and volunteers involved in caring for the fabric of Mottisfont (house and gardens) to wear the camera when they are working. Her installation, Forever For Everyone, is currently on show in several rooms of the house and reveals the activities that visitors don’t normally see. In a house and garden full of hidden layers and unseen activity, the installation reveals different perspectives of looking at Mottisfont.