03 May Renishaw Hall & Gardens to host: ‘New Baroque Horse’, created for The Grand Tour Season Two
Crafted by Derbyshire-based artist Maggie Cooper, this life-size sculpture has been specially made for the Grand Tour fringe programme and will displayed for the first time since its creation in the grounds of historic Renishaw Hall, near Chesterfield.
Formed using willow grown on the Renishaw Estate, ‘New Baroque Horse’ celebrates the style of horse which was significant during the Baroque period, the era in which The Grand Tour began in earnest.
Maggie Cooper says; “my work concentrates on a life-scale depiction of horses, and this latest piece ‘New Baroque Horse’ follows on from the woven-willow ‘Feels Like Horse’ which has been successfully displayed around the region.
I am inspired by the grace of the horses in the Baroque period which are represented in paintings and sculptures seen in historic houses across the country, including at Renishaw Hall. My willow horses represent the power and lightness of bone which was characteristic of the Barbary and Spanish horses, imported and bred during the Baroque era. These are the same breed of horses we see today on the racetrack, at eventing, as well as working police horses. They are beautiful animals and it’s a pleasure to be exhibiting my new sculpture at Renishaw Hall; a place that’s been a place of inspiration and a hub for artists and sculptors for many generations.”
Maggie continues: “I work exclusively with English grown willow, and with basket working being one of the traditional industries of the East Midlands, local people are still very proud of this important and historic artisan trade. I am excited to be using materials for the ‘New Baroque Horse’ from willow actually grown on the Renishaw Estate.”
‘New Baroque Horse’ will be displayed at Renishaw Hall & Gardens throughout its open season from Easter onwards, and forms part of the wider programme of The Grand Tour –http://thegrandtour.uk.com – reinterpreting world class collections through contemporary art at four venues in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, with a fringe programme at other leading venues across the two regions. The Grand Tour is now about to begin its second season.
Owner of Renishaw Hall, Alexandra Sitwell, says: “It’s wonderful to be part of this new, important, cultural programme and I encourage visitors to come and see Maggie’s work on display here at my home, as well as exploring all the other locations of The Grand Tour project. The movements of our ancestors during this era dictated so much of what visitors can still enjoy today within the interiors of historic houses, museums and art galleries across the country.”
Renishaw Hall & Gardens is part of The Grand Tour Season Two, which runs from 17th March to 26th June 2016 and invites visitors to view the treasures of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire at key locations across the region, through the eyes of today’s leading artists. For more information go to: http://www.thegrandtour.uk.com/