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Full programme announced for The Chatsworth Festival – Art Out Loud tickets on sale now

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Maggi Hambling, Sir Roy Strong, Jenny Saville and Emma Bridgewater added to Art Out Loud line-up.

Clockwise from left: Art Out Loud speakers Sir Roy Strong; Maggi Hambling; Emma Bridgewater; Jenny Saville.

Clockwise from left: Art Out Loud speakers Sir Roy Strong; Maggi Hambling; Emma Bridgewater; Jenny Saville.

The Chatsworth Festival – Art Out Loud
(23-25 September) is delighted to announce its full programme of talks, as tickets go on sale today. Festival speakers now revealed include world-renowned artists Jenny Saville and Maggi Hambling, the legendary historian, diarist and curator Sir Roy Strong, and the potter and designer Emma Bridgewater.

They – and 20 other artists, curators and writers – will transform Chatsworth into Britain’s most exciting destination for art lovers over three days this September. Now in its second year, Art Out Loud offers an insight into the work, inspirations and opinions of the art world’s leading names.

Tickets are now on sale at Visitors can purchase tickets to individual talks and events over the three days, or festival day tickets for Saturday and Sunday which provide entry to four selected talks each day, at a discounted rate.

Key themes to be explored at this year’s festival include: an examination of the artist’s process (Jenny Saville, Maggi Hambling); how East meets West in art (artist Edmund de Waal and author Peter Frankopan); the importance of design in buildings and objects – and what we should do with historic buildings (Deyan Sudjic, Amanda Levete, Anna Keay) and the role of the curator in bringing art to life (Julia Peyton-Jones, Sir Roy Strong, Nick Cullinan, Per Rumberg).

The festival will also examine the ways in which art and culture are thriving in the north of England. Maria Balshaw, Director of Manchester’s Whitworth Gallery, explains why it’s ‘Not so Grim Up North’ and husband and wife team Emma Bridgewater and Matthew Rice discuss their flourishing Stoke-on-Trent ceramics business.

The Devonshire collection and current exhibitions will feature prominently (Duke of Devonshire, Hugo Vickers) and, as Chatsworth celebrates the tercentenary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, there is also a particular emphasis on the art of garden design and on landscapes (Dan Pearson, Simon Thurley and Jonathan Warrender). Please see below for further details.

As well as a stimulating programme of talks, this year’s festival will include: a special exhibition to mark 25 years of the local Peak District Artisans collective; A Gift for Eleonora, a performance piece in Chatsworth’s Victorian Theatre devised by two arts academics from the University of Derby; and the introduction of festival events for children.

Martin Brown, illustrator of the Horrible Histories series of books, will be a major attraction for younger attendees. With a focus on the art of cartooning, his Sunday morning show promises to show everyone that they can draw – and have fun along the way.

Art Out Loud is working in partnership with The Serpentine Galleries to hold Build your own Pavilion workshops for children aged 8-14, a new educational element for this year’s festival. The ‘ed tech’ company Kidesign will host a Saturday workshop for children to design and make their own model pavilions for submission to the national competition. Entry to this session is free of charge, but is subject to availability and must be booked in advance. Local schools will be invited to attend a design and build workshop on Friday 23 September, and older pupils will join Jenny Saville’s talk ‘Beyond the Human Body’ on the same day.

The Duke of Devonshire commented: “After the success of last year’s inaugural Art Out Loud, we are thrilled to announce the programme for this year’s festival, where we will hear from artists, curators and writers who share a passion for art. We hope all attendees, whether new or returning, young or old, will enjoy the beautiful surroundings of our home at Chatsworth and will leave us feeling inspired”.

Art Out Loud takes place across two venues at Chatsworth – the magical setting of the South Lawn and in the historic Theatre. The Build Your Own Pavilion workshop will be held in The Stickyard, Chatsworth’s outdoor education centre.

All ticket holders can enjoy access to the Chatsworth Garden, Sotheby’s Beyond Limits monumental sculpture exhibition and the Peak District Artisans’ exhibition.

Chatsworth is hosting two arts-related exhibitions in the house during Art Out Loud: the photographic exhibition ‘Never a Bore: Deborah Devonshire and her Set by Cecil Beaton’, and the ‘Grand Tour’ exhibition, part of a celebration of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire’s cultural history and landscape, in conjunction with Nottingham Contemporary, the Harley Gallery and Derby Museums.



Tickets for Art Out Loud are on sale now at
Festival talks Adult £13 | Child £7 each
Festival day tickets Adult £42 | Child £18
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 2016 Full Programme

Friday 23 September

Jenny Saville – Beyond the Human Body
In conversation with Dr. Nicholas Cullinan, the contemporary British painter discusses her three decades of work, her enduring interest in old master paintings and her renewed engagement with drawing. (NB. A number of tickets for this talk are reserved for school pupils studying art and history of art. Early booking recommended as availability will be limited).

Duke of Devonshire – Viewing the Devonshire Collection through a Dozen Objects
In conversation with journalist Rachel Campbell-Johnston, the Duke discusses the Devonshire Collection at Chatsworth through a detailed examination of a dozen objects that demonstrate how the collection has grown and diversified over 450 years.

Deyan Sudjic – Why do we Need a Design Museum?
The director of the Design Museum is joined by Julia Peyton-Jones to discuss the re-design of the London cultural institution, previewing the new galleries and spaces and highlighting some of his favourite collection pieces, ahead of the museum’s opening in November.

Emma Bridgewater and Matthew Rice – Why I Own a Factory instead of Editing Novels
Emma Bridgewater and her husband, designer and illustrator Matthew Rice, discuss the twists and turns of setting up their renowned ceramics business – how the company came about, how they came to move their business to Stoke-on-Trent, and the stories behind some of Emma Bridgewater’s most famous patterns.

Peter Frankopan – The Silk Roads: their Impact on Western Culture and Art
Best-selling author Peter Frankopan’s talk transforms accepted ideas about the history of Europe and of European art, explaining how the textiles, objects and materials of the Silk Roads region had a profound impact on how visual forms were expressed in the west.


Saturday 24 September

Sir Roy Strong and Dr. Nicholas Cullinan – The National Gallery Then and Now
In 1967, Sir Roy Strong became the youngest ever director of the National Portrait Gallery at the age of 32 – and set about transforming its stuffy image and increasing visitor numbers. In 2015, Dr. Nicholas Cullinan became Director of the National Portrait Gallery aged 37. Sir Roy and Nicholas as they discuss the Gallery and their careers, then and now.

Amanda Levete – Architecture as Collaboration, Craft and Placemaking
Founder of the award-winning architecture and design studio AL_A, Amanda Levete discusses how architects go about designing public places and buildings where people want to spend time – and which make them feel good about life.

Maggi Hambling – Touch
One of Britain’s foremost contemporary figurative artists, Maggi Hambling, will talk about the fundamental importance of drawing to her practice, and the challenge of forging a deep connection with the subject being drawn. Maggi Hambling Touch: works on paper opens at the British Museum on 8 September 2016.

Maria Balshaw – Not so Grim Up North
Director of the Whitworth Gallery, Maria Balshaw, discusses how art and culture can be bolder and more risk-taking in the north of England, and shares stories from the 21st century northern cultural powerhouse.

Edmund de Waal – The White Road
Acclaimed writer and potter Edmund de Waal’s talk is a journey from China to Versailles, through Dresden to the mountains of South Carolina and the hills of Cornwall, to describe the history of porcelain, in a story that spans a thousand years.

Simon Thurley – The Set Square and the Spade: House and Garden in England as a Work of Art
Historian and former head of English Heritage, Simon Thurley, considers the house and garden as one of the most brilliant expressions of English artistic achievement and asks how we can restore the relationship between outstanding architecture and stunning landscape today.

Dan Pearson – Painting with Plants: the Art of Garden Design
Landscape and garden designer Dan Pearson explains how the artistic principles behind the use of colour and composition can be applied to painting and landscaping, touching on his recent projects, from Japan to Chelsea and Chatsworth.

Anna Keay – Living in the Past? Old Buildings, New Lives
Director of the Landmark Trust, Anna Keay, examines the preservation of listed buildings over the past half century and asks how far we should go to resuscitate the past.


Sunday 25 September

Martin Brown – How a Horrible Histories Drawing Happens – and a Lot More Besides!
Cartoonist illustrator of the Horrible Histories series, Martin Brown, presents a family-friendly show, full of jokes, facts and drawing. He sets out to prove that everyone – whether big or small – can draw and create art.

Dr. Nicholas Cullinan and Per Rumberg – Old Masters Now
Dr. Nicholas Cullinan joins Per Rumberg, Curator at the Royal Academy, to take a look at past, present and future exhibitions and discuss ways in which we can engage with art made centuries ago, making the old relevant now.

Julia Peyton Jones – Think the Unthinkable
In conversation with Rachel Campbell-Johnston, Julia Peyton-Jones reflects on her 25 years as director of the Serpentine, how the art world changed out of all recognition in that time, and why we should ‘think the unthinkable’.

Jonathan Warrender – Brushing up Memories and Conclusions: the Life of a Landscape Painter
Jonathan Warrender, artist in residence at Chatsworth, shares the pleasures and challenges of working in a Capability Brown landscape while recording views of the Chatsworth Estate.

Hugo Vickers – Malice in Wonderland: Cecil Beaton and his Friends
Biographer Hugo Vickers explores Chatsworth exhibition Never a Bore: Deborah Devonshire and her Set to explain how Cecil Beaton rose through the art of photography to become one of the greatest observers of the twentieth century.

Alison Oddey and Chris White – A Gift for Eleonora
An original performance installation that has been adapted to respond to Art Out Loud, this is a rare opportunity to see a live performance in Chatsworth’s Victorian Theatre. Based on the life of the remarkable Eleonora di Toledo (1522-1562), the Renaissance is brought to Chatsworth through the spoken word and contemporary interpretations of period costume and music (with a live saxophonist).

Details of two final speakers, one a sculptor exhibiting at Sotheby’s Beyond Limits exhibition 2016, will be announced at a later date.


Tickets available online at

The Chatsworth Festival: Art Out Loud
23 – 25 September 2016
Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP

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