A gorilla in the garden

The contemporary artworks taking up residence at Britain's historic houses
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Angus Fairhurst, A Couple of Differences between Thinking and Feeling, (2000), Waddeson Manor, UK

1 / 12 Angus Fairhurst, A Couple of Differences between Thinking and Feeling, (2000), Waddeson Manor, UK

Philippa Lawrence, Bound, (2009), Croft Castle, UK

2 / 12 Philippa Lawrence, Bound, (2009), Croft Castle, UK

Kate MccGwire, Evacuate (2010), Tatton Park, UK

3 / 12 Kate MccGwire, Evacuate (2010), Tatton Park, UK

Sarah Lucas, Perceval, Waddesdon Manor, UK

4 / 12 Sarah Lucas, Perceval, Waddesdon Manor, UK

The Campana Brothers, Dining Room, Esperança (2010), Waddesdon Manor, UK

5 / 12 The Campana Brothers, Dining Room, Esperança (2010), Waddesdon Manor, UK

Jeff Koons, Cracked Egg (Blue) (2006), Waddesdon Manor, UK

6 / 12 Jeff Koons, Cracked Egg (Blue) (2006), Waddesdon Manor, UK

Stephen Cox,Terra delgi Etruschi (Earth of the Etruscans) (2001), Waddesdon Manor, UK

7 / 12 Stephen Cox,Terra delgi Etruschi (Earth of the Etruscans) (2001), Waddesdon Manor, UK

Susie MacMurry, site Specific Installation (2010), Kedleston Hall, UK

8 / 12 Susie MacMurry, site Specific Installation (2010), Kedleston Hall, UK

Compton Verney

9 / 12 Compton Verney

Marcia Farquhar, The Horse is a Noble Animal (2010), Tatton Park, UK

10 / 12 Marcia Farquhar, The Horse is a Noble Animal (2010), Tatton Park, UK

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Marcos Lutyens and Alessandro Marianantoni, CO2morrow (2009), Seaton Delaval Hall, UK

12 / 12 Marcos Lutyens and Alessandro Marianantoni, CO2morrow (2009), Seaton Delaval Hall, UK


For cutting-edge contemporary, it seems you need to look no further than Britain's historic houses. Throughout 2010 a plethora of works by some of the leading figures in contemporary art have gone on display in the grounds and interiors of such landmark properties as Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire and Seaton Delaval in Northumberland. They join the ranks of pieces that have taken up permanent residence at places such as Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire and Harewood House in Yorkshire. Many of the temporary installations will be on show until the end of September, though those in the know will be keeping an eye on Compton Verney in Northamptonshire, now a dedicated art gallery, which will be displaying works by contemporary photographer Kurt Tong from November.


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