The Grand Tour returns to Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire

Posted May 16, 2018 at 7:47 am in Art, News

THE Grand Tour has returned for its third edition, exploring the museums and galleries of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. A series of exhibitions are being held at four venues, all encapsulating a common theme as the celebrate the artistic process and the impact of industrial creation. The four major events are shows by Linder at Nottingham Contemporary and Chatsworth, a range of lithophones by Clare Twomey at The Harley Gallery, and a show at Derby Museums exploring The Art of Industry.

The House of Fame convened by Linder, Nottingham Contemporary, photography by Sam KirbyThe House of Fame convened by Linder, Nottingham Contemporary. Photograph: Sam Kirby

At Nottingham Contemporary is The House of Fame by Linder which, at its core, is an exploration of the artist’s lifetime of work and artistry, embodying more than 40 years of photomontage, graphics, costume and performance works, whilst exploring Linder’s artistic influences. The exhibition displays 200 works of varying formats and artists selected by Linder.

Her Grace Land by Linder, Chatsworth, courtesy of Chatsworth House TrustHer Grace Land by Linder, Chatsworth, courtesy of Chatsworth House Trust.

Her Grace Land at Chatsworth is an exhibition created by Linder during her time as an artist in residence at Chatsworth. The stately home provided her with a great pool of inspiration in its history and visual and sensual landscape, in which the artist immersed herself.

 ‘Half in Shadow: Half in Light’ by Clare Twomey (location photography by Jeff Gilbert) at The Harley Gallery, Welbeck, photography by Sam KirbyHalf in Shadow: Half in Light by Clare Twomey (location photography by Jeff Gilbert) at
The Harley Gallery, Welbeck. Photograph: Sam Kirby.

Half in Shadow: Half in Light at The Harley Gallery, British artist Clare Twomey uses lithophanes to explore everyday life and work throughout the history of Welbeck Estate, representing also the contemporary life on the grounds.

Derby Museums ‘The Art of Industry’ exhibition, photography Sam KirbyDerby Museum’s The Art of Industry exhibition. Photograph: Sam Kirby

The Art of Industry at Derby Museum and Art Gallery is an exhibition in which we see Joseph Wright pay tribute to the industrial past and manufacturing environment of the region, using both historic artefacts and the interpretation of contemporary artists.

In conjunction with these milestone shows, there is a programme of eight exhibitions and events being held to celebrate the tradition of The Grand Tour. The peripheral programme includes an exhibition entitled Lace Unveiled at Nottingham City Museums and Galleries; ‘The Penny Podcasts’ produced by Syson Gallery which explores the idea of free access to education; Scaling the Sublime: Art at the Limits of Landscape at Djanogly Gardens; as well as workshops, installations and culinary experiences.

by Daisy Sewell 

The Grand Tour exhibitions are now open at Nottingham Contemporary, Chatsworth, The Harley Gallery and Derby Museums.

The House of Fame is open until June 24, 2018.

Her Grace Land is open until October 21, 2018.

Half in Shadow: Half in Light is open until June 30, 2018.

The Art of Industry is open until June 17, 2018.


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