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Chatsworth opens for new season with design led exhibition adding to 500 years of creativity

Published on Monday 20 March 2023

Chatsworth has always been a centre for creativity, with successive generations of the Cavendish family commissioning art and design contemporary to their times.


Mirror Mirror: Reflections on Design at Chatsworth' continues this legacy and will be on display in the house and garden from Saturday 18 March when the estate opens for the new season.

The exhibition features commissioned works by 16 contemporary designers. Each has responded to one of Chatsworth's spaces, either indoors or outside in the garden and have been chosen for the way that they reflect on the key issues of today, from climate, sustainability and equality to how people connect.
 
Alex Hodby, Senior Curator of Programme at Chatsworth, said: "This project is a fantastic opportunity to reflect on the design histories at Chatsworth and bring them to the fore with an exciting array of international artists and designers. We're fascinated with how the contemporary works in our exhibition have used materials in innovative ways to make functional and intriguing objects that are also deeply connected to the house, garden and the collections here at Chatsworth - a place where design has been a key feature for 500 years."
 
Jane Marriott, Director of Chatsworth House Trust, said: "We have invited 16 world renowned artists and designers to reflect on 500 years of design and craftsmanship at Chatsworth. Their bold, inspiring and sometimes humorous works allow us to connect with the many stories at Chatsworth and to also reflect on the urgent issues of our time from our use of materials, sustainability and the climate crisis. As a charity, we are very proud to continue to commission and support artists and by doing so we make Chatsworth's history come alive, while looking forward to the future."

Lord Burlington, Chairman of the Chatsworth House Trust said: "We are thrilled to bring Mirror Mirror and these 16 remarkable designers to Chatsworth, to continue the tradition of placing new objects and ideas in direct conversation with creative choices from generations past. With this exhibition, as well as a significantly enhanced programme of talks, tours and workshops, the aim is to ensure Chatsworth upholds its role as a gathering place and a resource for artists, thinkers, makers and learners. We look forward to welcoming them all in 2023."


Co-curated by Alex Hodby, Senior Curator of Programme at Chatsworth, and writer, historian and curator Glenn Adamson, the exhibition places contemporary works in direct relationship to the historic design at Chatsworth, creating unexpected connections with the house's architecture, interiors, furniture, ceramics, as well its essential materials of glass, stone, wood, and light.

The sixteen contemporary artists and designers featured in the exhibition are: Ini Archibong, Michael Anastassiades, Wendell Castle, Andile Dyalvane, Ndidi Ekubia, Najla El Zein, Formafantasma, Joris Laarman, Max Lamb,  Fernando Laposse, Jay Sae Jung Oh, Samuel Ross, Chris Schanck, Ettore Sottsass, Faye Toogood, and Joseph Walsh.

For more information, visit www.chatsworth.org




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