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Art Out Loud at Chatsworth returns this September (21-23)

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The renewed façade of Chatsworth, home of Art Out Loud

As Chatsworth celebrates the completion of its biggest restoration and conservation project in 200 years, architecture and design feature in many of this year’s talks.

Art Out Loud at Chatsworth (21-23 September), the only UK weekend festival of public talks about art, announces its full programme for 2018, with tickets on sale from today. Speakers include artists Linder Sterling, Idris Khan, and 2017 Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid. They will be joined by art historian Dan Cruickshank, celebrated architects John Pawson, Amanda Levete and RIBA 2017 Stirling Prize winner Alex de Rijke.

Art Out Loud at Chatsworth, now in its fourth edition, takes place in the stunning grounds of Chatsworth, Derbyshire.

Tickets are available now at – visitors can either purchase tickets to individual talks or opt for day tickets, which offer seats at a discounted rate for each of the three days.

2017 Turner Prize-winner, Lubaina Himid

Art Out Loud at Chatsworth is excited to present Lubaina Himid, who made history in 2017 as the first black woman – and the oldest artist – to win the Turner Prize. Her multidisciplinary practice exposes the politics of race and gender through wide-ranging visual mediums using found ceramics, painting and large-scale cutouts. At the festival, she will be in conversation with Dr Zoe Whitley, curator of International Art at the Tate Modern, exploring art as activism, political acts of curating and the sheer joy of art making.

Chatsworth’s first ever artist-in-residence, Linder Sterling will be joined by Lord Burlington to discuss her Chatsworth exhibition, Her Grace Land, and its unparalleled poly- sensory approach to the past, present and future.

Leading British artist Idris Khan will speak about the minimal, yet emotionally charged photographs, videos and sculptures that make up his practice, exploring the influences and creative process behind his work.

David Dawson was Lucian Freud’s model, devoted assistant, adviser and friend – and featured in seven of Freud’s paintings. He will be joined by Martin Gayford (subject of Freud’s portrait Man with a Blue Scarf) for a unique insight and examination into the life and work of Lucian Freud, and the complex relationship between artist, sitter and portrait.

In conversation with New York-based sculptor Ursua von Rydingsvard, Executive Director of Yorkshire Sculpture Park Peter Murray will talk about the evolution of YSP and Ursula’s progress from minimalism to the creation of monumental works for open air.

A lively discussion and some real-life sketching is on the cards as political cartoonist Peter Brookes joins writer Ann Treneman to talk about his fascinating work and cartooning of recent political earthquakes for The Times.

The new Director of the Royal Collection, Tim Knox will shed light on his role as the keeper of The Queen’s private collection. World-renowned collector and founder of the new cultural hub Kanaal, Antwerp, Axel Vervoordt, will explain his philosophy on art and how it has inspired his diverse collection.

Felicity Aylieff and Natasha Daintry will discuss their practices as ceramicists. The very different – but equally extraordinary – results of their efforts are exemplified in pieces now part of the Chatsworth Collection and on display in the house: Chinese Ladders by Felicity Aylieff (Great Stairs Landing) and Sowing Colour by Natasha Daintry (the Dome Room).

Focus on Architecture and Design

The renewed façade of Chatsworth, home of Art Out Loud

In a year that has seen Chatsworth restored to its full glory following a 10-year renovation programme, an appreciation of architecture and design is woven through the 2018 festival.

On Saturday, in their talk Living with the Builders, the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire will be joined by the specialist conservation architect who directed the works, Peter Inskip. This will be a rare opportunity to hear a discussion on their initial ambitions, reflections and what it was like to be ‘living with the builders’ – on a grand scale. They will be in conversation with Anna Farthing, curator of the current exhibition Chatsworth Renewed: the house past, present and future, which celebrates the skill and commitment of those involved in this decade of works. The exhibition continues in Chatsworth House during Art Out Loud.

The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire

John Pawson, the British architect famous for his minimalist aesthetic, will reflect on a body of work which spans a broad range of scales and typologies, explaining how, whether he is designing a bench or taking a photograph, ‘it’s all architecture’.

In a talk curated by the Royal Institute of British Architects, Alex de Rijke founding architect of dRMM, whose design for Hastings Pier won the 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize and Herefordshire-based architect Kate Darby will be discussing their practices with Marie Bak Mortensen.

Alex De Riyke © Petr Krejci Photography

After her 2016 appearance at the festival, Amanda Levete, founder of AL_A and one of the UK’s leading female architects, returns to talk about the dialogue between history and modernity in her work on two very different museums, the V&A in London and the Museum of Art, Architecture & Technology – MAAT – in Lisbon.

Two talks take a more historical view of architecture, as author Kate Hubbard and artist Ed Kluz look back to 16th century Derbyshire with Bess of Hardwick and her houses, and developer Trevor Osborne and James Berresford, Chairman of the Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust, discuss the history the Buxton Crescent, as well as plans for its future. Seats can be booked online for the complimentary Buxton Crescent talk.

Design critic Alice Rawsthorn will speak about her book Design as an Attitude, exploring how a new generation of designers and architects are using design to pursue their humanitarian, political and ecological objectives.

Art historian Dan Cruickshank will talk about his recent journey through Syria and the BBC TV documentary he made on its architecture, history, national pride and identity. AtArt Out Loud, he looks at IS’s cultural terrorism, examines the monuments damaged, and ponders the challenges – artistic, technical, ethical – of repair, reconstruction and engineering during the 1890s.

Writers and broadcasters Jacky and Suzy Klein

Focus on Education and Family Events

Education is always at the core of what Art Out Loud offers. This year, as part of the Devonshire Educational Trust programme, a number of spaces will be reserved for local schools, colleges and universities in five talks on Friday. These include a presentation of short talks about architecture by students from schools across the country who have participated in the ARTiculation programme.

For families, sisters Jacky Klein and Suzy Klein present an interactive talk, named after their book What is Contemporary Art? A Guide for Children, exploring the wonderful world of contemporary art for younger festival attendees. They invite children and families to respond to, question, and enjoy some of the most exciting art of our time.

Focus on Gardens

With its setting in the enchanting grounds of Chatsworth, thoughts of gardens are never far from Art Out Loud. This year, gardening writer Anna Pavord discusses the art of ‘marshalling nature’ and ‘getting her hands dirty’, while landscape architect Todd Longstaffe-Gowan talks about the challenges and rewards of gardening in the tropics.

Art Out Loud takes place in the magical setting of Chatsworth’s South Lawn. All ticket holders also enjoy access to the Chatsworth Garden. Ticket holders can optionally upgrade their ticket to gain access to Chatsworth House and Chatsworth Renewed: the house past, present and future, a special exhibition revealing the story of the Chatsworth renovation, which runs until 21 October 2018.

Sculpture from Chatsworth will for the first time be centre-stage for the autumn exhibition in the garden. Visitors to Art Out Loud will have the chance to focus on the presence of sculpture within the wider Chatsworth landscape. By encouraging the discovery of new viewpoints across the landscape, this year Chatsworth will draw attention to the historic eye- catchers and fountains, as well as new developments, recent sculpture and planting in the garden.


Tickets for Art Out Loud at Chatsworth are on sale now at

Festival talks Adult £14 | Child £8 each Friday and Sunday Festival day tickets Adult £30 | Child £17
Saturday Festival day tickets

Adult £45 I £26

All festival tickets and festival day tickets include entry to the garden from 10am – 6pm and free car parking. Tickets can be upgraded to include entry to the house at a reduced price (open from 11am to 5pm, with last entry at 4pm).

Art Out Loud at Chatsworth
21 – 23 September 2018
Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP



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