Press Release:
First speakers announced for The Chatsworth Festival – Art Out Loud 23 – 25 September 2016

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Clockwise from top left: Speaker Edmund de Waal; Chatsworth, the stunning venue for the Art Out Loud Festival; Speakers Maria Balshaw; Peter Frankopan; Dan Pearson; Julia Peyton-Jones.

Clockwise from top left: Speaker Edmund de Waal; Chatsworth, the stunning venue for the Art Out Loud Festival; Speakers Maria Balshaw; Peter Frankopan; Dan Pearson; Julia Peyton-Jones.

Chatsworth, set in the Peak District in Derbyshire and home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, announces the return of its annual festival Art Out Loud, which will take place 23-25 September 2016. The festival will see leading lights of the art world – artists, curators and writers – talking about their work, inspirations, and current discussions around art.

The first five names confirmed for the line-up are announced today. Director of Manchester’s recently refurbished Whitworth Art Gallery Maria Balshaw will challenge pre-conceptions about running a northern cultural powerhouse in her talk,  ‘Not so Grim Up North’. Dan Pearson will discuss the art of landscape and garden design in his session, entitled ‘Painting with Plants’.

 Author Peter Frankopan will talk about his book The Silk Roads: A New History of the World, examining how the East has influenced Western art and culture over the centuries. Julia Peyton-Jones, who will soon be stepping down as director of the Serpentine Gallery, will provide a retrospective of her 25 years in charge of the cultural institution. Artist and author Edmund de Waal will share an account of his pilgrimage to the three most important sites in the history of porcelain – China, Dresden and Cornwall – as detailed in his book The White Road.

Now in its second year, Art Out Loud is a stimulating festival of talks that takes place in a marquee on the South Lawn and in Chatsworth’s historic Theatre. This year’s festival features new educational elements: local schools are being invited to join a design workshop at Chatsworth and to attend a talk hosted by a top British artist and one of the country’s leading museum directors. Other family friendly events are planned for the weekend.

Local collective Peak District Artisans will hold a selling exhibition as part of the festival, with 30 members selected to exhibit work that complements the themes discussed at Art Out Loud. The eye-catching pieces and live artisanal demonstrations will cover a range of disciplines from watercolours to wrought iron, and pencil drawings to porcelain. The exhibition at Chatsworth marks a fitting way for Peak District Artisans to celebrate its 25th anniversary this year, having been established by Deborah Devonshire in 1991.

Tickets for Art Out Loud will be available from early June. Day Passes will be introduced for Saturday and Sunday, allowing visitors to attend multiple talks of their choice each day with the advance purchase of just one ticket.

All Art Out Loud ticket holders will have access to the Chatsworth garden, Sotheby’s Beyond Limits monumental sculpture exhibition and the Peak District Artisans exhibition.

Other arts-related exhibitions running in conjunction with Art Out Loud at Chatsworth are 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.

The full programme for Art Out Loud will be announced in June. To receive more information as it is released, join the mailing list at

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

Tickets available online at from June.


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Notes to editors

Portrait photography credits: Edmund de Waal courtesy of Ben McKee, Maria Balshaw courtesy of Johnnie Shand Kydd, Dan Pearson courtesy of Sir Paul Smith and Julia Peyton-Jones courtesy of John Swannell.

About Chatsworth

Chatsworth, set in the heart of the Peak District, is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and has been passed down through sixteen generations of the Cavendish family. As well as its inspiring architecture, landscape and history, Chatsworth also houses the Devonshire Collection, one of Europe’s most significant art collections. Successive generations of the Devonshire family have commissioned leading artists as well as those less well known since the 17th century up until today. The 12th Duke and Duchess, and their son and daughter-in-law, share their predecessors’ enthusiasm for contemporary art. Fine and decorative art acquired over nearly 500 years, is on view throughout the visitor route as well as displayed and used in their private apartments. Family portraits by Lucian Freud and Sir Joshua Reynolds share rooms with works by Sir Anthony Caro, Ai Weiwei and Michael Craig-Martin. Outdoor sculpture by Allen Jones, Barry Flanagan and Richard Long join 18th-century marbles in the garden; Umbrella 2 and High Heel, also by Michael Craig-Martin, are the latest, permanent additions to the garden. Inside the house, the most significant art installation at Chatsworth since the creation of the Sculpture Gallery in 1832, opened to visitors in spring 2014. Jacob van der Beugel represents the Devonshire family’s DNA in ceramic panels on the walls of the North Sketch Gallery, in an unusual and creative take on the traditional portrait. These contemporary commissions embody Chatsworth: personal, forward-looking and enthusiastically shared with visitors.

The Chatsworth House Trust is an independent charity (no 511149) set up by the 11th Duke of Devonshire in 1981, to ensure the long-term survival of Chatsworth House, the art collection, garden, woodlands and park for the long term benefit of the public. The charity promotes the study and appreciation of Chatsworth as a place of historic, architectural and artistic interest and of natural beauty, and encourages the use and enjoyment of Chatsworth by visitors for education and recreation.