Art Out Loud at Chatsworth

Inspired by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire’s passion for art, The Chatsworth Festival – Art Out Loud is a feast of talks by artists, curators and writers.

Following the success of 2015’s inaugural event, this year they have brought together an exciting new line-up of more than 20 speakers for the event from September 23-25.

They include ceramicist and author, Edmund de Waal, Julia Peyton-Jones, the co-director of The Serpentine Galleries, Maria Balshaw, of the Whitworth Gallery, historian and author of The Silk Roads, Dr Peter Frakopan, and garden designer Dan Pearson as well as the Duke of Devonshire himself.

On the Friday one of the foremost painters of her generation Jenny Saville will be discussing her work with Dr Nicholas Cullinan, the Director of the National Portrait Gallery; how, over the last three decades, it has reflected her interest in Old Master paintings and, more recently, her renewed engagement with drawing.

The following day Sir Roy Strong, historian, diarist and gardener, who in 1967 became the youngest Director of the National Portrait Gallery at the age of 31, will discuss the gallery then and now with Nicholas, who became the director last year.

On Friday afternoon one of the nation’s favourite ceramic designers Emma Bridgewater and her husband, designer and illustrator, Matthew Rice will give an intriguing talk about the twists and turns of their career paths; they explain how it all began and how they came to move their business to Stoke-on-Trent, where it now flourishes.

On the Sunday Jonathan Warrender, a graduate of Camberwell School of Art and artist in residence at Chatsworth, talks about the pleasures and challenges of working in a ‘Capability’ Brown landscape whilst recording views of the Chatsworth Estate.

Talks will be held both in the house’s theatre and in a tent on the South Lawn and new activities for 2016 include the Peak District Artisans’ selling exhibition with 30 artists sharing their best works, a family-focused talk by a famous children’s book illustrator and schools activities on the Friday morning.

PDA chair Ingrid Karlsson said: “In this 25th anniversary year it is appropriate that PDA is part of the arts at Chatsworth and we’re thrilled to have been asked to take part in Art Out Loud.

“Our members have risen to the challenge to create eye-catching, thought-provoking pieces and demonstrations to show their range of disciplines.”

The 30 members taking part were chosen by the festival organisers after submitting a piece of work linked to one of three themes: Chatsworth: The Garden, the Land and Art; East Meets West (Chinese Porcelain to Staffordshire Pottery) and Historic Buildings and their Future.

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In the picture above are clockwise from left: Speakers Edmund de Waal (© Ben McKee); Julia Peyton-Jones (© John Swannell); Maria Balshaw (© Johnnie Shand Kidd); Peter Frankopan; Dan Pearson (© Sir Paul Smith)