Chatsworth hosts Art Out Loud

Grayson Perry

Artists Grayson Perry, Yinka Shonibare and Phyllida Barlow among top names in the line-up for the Art Out Loud Festival at Chatsworth this month.

Other speakers include internationally-renowned fashion designers Christopher Kane and Erdem Moralioglu.

Art Out Loud is a festival of talks which offer an insight into the work, inspirations and ideas of some of the biggest names in the art world and promises to be a highlight in the autumn cultural calendar.

Following a sell-out appearance at the festival in 2015, Grayson Perry will be returning for a talk in which he promises “to go off on one” about art, gender and politics.

Entitled Democracy has Terrible Taste, the artist will talk about “bursting out of his elite metropolitan bubble”, offending people, and his exhibition at the Serpentine, The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!

British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare will discuss a career in which he has focused on the perspective of ‘otherness’ and his awareness of the subtle intricacies of prejudice.

Sculptor Phyllida Barlow, who is enjoying great critical success, will talk about the creative process underlying her work, which includes creating a solo show at this year’s  Venice Biennale.

British designer Christopher Kane will talk about the impact that his Scottish background and Central St Martin’s education have had on his work in creating his world-renowned fashion label.

Erdem Moralioglu, designer of ready-to-wear label ERDEM, will reveal the inspirations behind the collections that made him one of the industry’s most highly-regarded figures.

Meanwhile, Jonquil O’Reilly, will take a fresh look at fashion excesses as depicted in the period paintings that adorn the walls of Chatsworth in her talk Dressed to Excess: Extreme Fashion and Flamboyant Style in the 16th-18th Centuries.

Sheron Reynolds, Director of Art Out Loud, said: “We’re thrilled that in addition to the many fascinating talks about art, several will be about fashion, reflecting the theme of the hugely successful House Style exhibition – and that Grayson Perry, something of a walking (and talking) fashion icon will be returning.

Kate Brindley, Director of Collections and Exhibitions at Chatsworth, who will explore the garden, park and estate as seen in the recently acquired painting View of Chatsworth from the East by Flemish artist Jan Siberechts.

Art Out Loud will maintain its strong educational element with pupils from local schools invited to attend on Friday when American sculptor Jedd Novatt will explore the function of art and pupils will have the chance to join him in a drawing masterclass.

Derbyshire-born and internationally acclaimed violinist Lizzie Ball will perform the world premiere of a musical journey exploring the life and art of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.

The Chatsworth Festival: Art Out Loud is on from September 22-24. For ticket details go to

“With its wide range of speakers, we hope Art Out Loud 2017 will provide something for everyone while at the same time offering in-depth insights into the work of some extraordinary individual artists, curators writers – and fashion designers.”

And Martin Gayford will take a look at how and why pictures have been made across the millennia with an illustrated talk about his book A History of Pictures: From Cave to Computer Screen, co-authored with David Hockney.

Speakers exploring the theme landscape include land artist Richard Long whose recent Houghton Hall exhibition has met great acclaim; Tom Stuart-Smith, who will pose the question ‘Why Garden?’;

Several speakers will view art through a historical lens. Former MP for Stoke-on-Trent Tristram Hunt will discuss his new role as Director of the V&A, the history of the institution and the rediscovery of the spirit of Prince Albert.

Those interested in the work of the Old Masters will enjoy a talk by Bendor Grosvenor on Sir Anthony Van Dyck’s self-portraits, and