The Grand Tour – a cultural journey across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire – will be taking place from March 24 at four of the UK’s most distinguished arts institutions – Nottingham Contemporary, Chatsworth, The Harley Gallery, Welbeck, and Derby Museums.
It includes major shows by photomontage artist, Linder Sterling, at Nottingham Contemporary and Chatsworth; a delicate range of lithophanes by Clare Twomey at The Harley Gallery and a compelling show celebrating The Art of Industry at Derby Museums.
Linder – best known for her photomontages and influential role in punk/post-punk aesthetics – has become the first-ever artist resident at Chatsworth. She has used Chatsworth as a kind of ‘sensorium’ immersing herself in the life of the stately home and its history.
She has created incense from the aromatic plants on the estate, recorded oral stories, and used the everyday sounds of the house for new musical compositions alongside new photomontages.
A series of interventions created from her residency will be displayed at Chatsworth.
The House of Fame at Nottingham Contemporary has been convened by Linder, informed by her time at Chatsworth. At the heart of the presentation will be a retrospective of her work. It is accompanied by a constellation of Linder’s artistic influences. Stretching from the early 17th century to today, The House of Fame will host some 150 works by dozens of artists selected by Linder.
In Harley Gallery’s exhibition, Half in Shadow: Half in Light, British artist Clare Twomey explores life on the historic Welbeck Estate through a series of lithophanes.She reinvents the traditional technique of the lithophane through a series of portraits of people who live and work on the Welbeck Estate.
Derby Museum and Art Gallery’s exhibition, The Art of Industry: From Joseph Wright to the 21st Century, will look back at the region’s industrial history and manufacturing landscape.
The display will be organised in three different sections: Industrial Landscapes will include some of Lowry’s most prominent paintings; People at Work – the Factory Floor will feature loans from the Tate and Workshop will display objects from Derbyshire’s industrial past.