The Chatsworth Festival – Art Out Loud (22-24 September) has announced its full programme for 2017, as tickets go on sale. Festival speakers confirmed to appear include artists Grayson Perry, Yinka Shonibare MBE and Phyllida Barlow, and internationally renowned fashion designers Christopher Kane and Erdem Moralioglu.
Returning for its third year, Art Out Loud is a festival of talks that offer an insight into the work, inspirations and ideas of some of the biggest names in the art world. With speakers including a range of top artists, designers, curators and writers, the festival at Chatsworth again promises to be the hottest date in the autumn cultural calendar.
Tickets are available now at chatsworth.org/aol – visitors can purchase tickets to individual talks over the three days, or opt to make it a full day out with festival day tickets for selected sessions on each day, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, at a discounted rate.
Following a sell-out appearance at the festival’s inaugural edition in 2015, Grayson Perry will be returning to Chatsworth for a talk in which he promises “to go off on one” about art, gender and politics. Entitled Democracy has Terrible Taste, the artist will talk about “bursting out of his elite metropolitan bubble”, offending people, and his new art show at the Serpentine, The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!
British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE will discuss a career in which he has focused on the perspective of ‘otherness’ and his awareness of the subtle intricacies of prejudice.
Sculptor Phyllida Barlow who is enjoying great critical success later in life, will talk about the creative process underlying her work, which includes creating a solo show for the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale this year.
Cornelia Parker will discuss the artistic practice that underpins her transformation of ordinary objects into compelling and extraordinary installations and her role as official artist of the 2017 General Election.
Marc Quinn will explore his interest in how the language of classical art can reflect contemporary culture. In celebration of the Chatsworth exhibition House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion, Saturday’s programme has a distinctive fashion theme.
Lady Burlington will talk about her personal involvement with the stunning show, from concept to installation bringing to life the historical characters whose clothes and accessories lie at its heart.
British designer Christopher Kane will talk about the impact that his Scottish background and Central St Martin’s education have had on his work in creating his world-renowned fashion label.
He is followed by Erdem Moralioglu, designer of ready-to-wear label ERDEM, who will reveal the inspirations behind the collections that made him one of the fashion industry’s most highly regarded figures.
Meanwhile, Jonquil O’Reilly, will take a fresh look at fashion excesses as depicted in the period paintings that adorn the walls of Chatsworth in her talk ‘Dressed to Excess: Extreme Fashion and Flamboyant Style in the 16th-18th Centuries’.
Sheron Reynolds, Director of Art Out Loud, commented: “We’re thrilled that at “Art Out Loud 2017”, in addition to the many fascinating talks about art, several will be about fashion, reflecting the theme of the hugely successful “House Style “exhibition – and that Grayson Perry, something of a walking (and talking) fashion icon will be returning to “Art Out Loud”. With its wide range of speakers, we hope “Art Out Loud 2017” will provide “something for everyone” while at the same time offering in-depth insights into the work of some extraordinary individual artists, curators writers – and fashion designers.”
Several speakers will view art through a historical lens. Former MP for Stoke-on-Trent Tristram Hunt will discuss his new role as Director of the V&A, the history of the institution and the rediscovery of the spirit of Prince Albert.
Those interested in the work of the Old Masters will enjoy a talk by Bendor Grosvenor on Sir Anthony Van Dyck’s self-portraits, and Martin Gayford will take a look at how and why pictures have been made across the millennia with an illustrated talk about his book A History of Pictures: From Cave to Computer Screen, co-authored with David Hockney.
With its magnificent Peak District setting, discussions of landscape are always a feature of Art Out Loud. This year, speakers exploring this theme include land artist Richard Long whose recent Houghton Hall exhibition has met great acclaim; Tom Stuart-Smith, who will pose the question ‘Why Garden?’; and Kate Brindley, Director of Collections and Exhibitions at Chatsworth, who will explore the garden, park and estate as seen in the recently acquired painting View of Chatsworth from the East (c.1703) by Flemish artist Jan Siberechts.
Art Out Loud will also maintain its strong educational element with pupils from local schools being invited to attend three sessions on Friday morning. American sculptor Jedd Novatt will explore the function of art in his talk ‘Must art give satisfaction? And for art to be good must it satisfy?’ – and pupils will have the chance to join him in a drawing masterclass afterwards.
Derbyshire-born and internationally acclaimed violinist Lizzie Ball will be performing the world premiere of a musical journey exploring the life and art of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.
Art Out Loud takes place across two venues at Chatsworth – the magical setting of the South Lawn and the historic Theatre. All ticket holders can enjoy access to the Chatsworth Garden and Sotheby’s Beyond Limits monumental sculpture exhibition.
Ticket holders can opt to upgrade their tickets to gain access to Chatsworth House and the current exhibition House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth which runs until 22 October 2017.
Tickets for Art Out Loud are on sale now at chatsworth.org/aol
Festival talks Adult £13.50 | Child £8 per talk. Festival day tickets at a discounted rate All festival tickets and festival day tickets include entry to the garden from 10am – 6pm and (when purchased in advance) free car parking Tickets can be upgraded to include entry to the house.
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Notes to editors
Portrait photography credits: Grayson Perry at Art Out Loud 2015: © Shoot Photography; Yinka
Shonibare MBE in his studio, 2016: © Wig Worland; Lizzie Ball: © Silvia Cruz: Phyllida Barlow:
© Thierry Bal.