Art Out Loud at Chatsworth

In a year that has seen Chatsworth restored to its full glory following a ten-year renovation programme, an appreciation of architecture and design is woven through the 2018 Art Out Loud festival this September.

Headline speakers at the event, which is in its fourth year, include collage artist, punk icon and Chatsworth’s first artist-in-residence, Linder Sterling, and 2017 Turner Prize winner, Lubaina Himid.

They are joined by, among others, art historian Dan Cruickshank, architect John Pawson, Amanda Levete and award-winner Alex de Rijke.

On Saturday, in their talk Living with the Builders, the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire will be joined by specialist conservation architect Peter Inskip who directed the Chatsworth works. 

They will be in conversation with Anna Farthing, curator of the current exhibition Chatsworth Renewed: the house past, present and future.

John Pawson, the British architect, will be explaining how, whether he is designing a bench or taking a photograph, ‘it’s all architecture’.

Alex de Rijke whose design for Hastings Pier won the 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize and Herefordshire-based architect Kate Darby will be discussing their practice with Marie Bak Mortensen.

Amanda Levete, one of the UK’s leading female architects, will talk about the dialogue between history and modernity in her work on two very different museums, the V&A in London and the Museum of Art, Architecture & Technology in Lisbon.

Two talks take a more historical view of architecture, as author Kate Hubbard and artist Ed Kluz look back to 16th century Derbyshire with Bess of Hardwick and her houses, and developer Trevor Osborne and James Berresford, chairman of the Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust, discuss the history the Buxton Crescent, as well as plans for its future. 

Other talks with more of a focus on art include Lubaina Himid, who made history in 2017 as the first black woman – and the oldest artist – to win the Turner Prize. She will be in conversation with Dr Zoe Whitley, Curator of International Art at the Tate Modern, exploring art as activism, political acts of curating and the sheer joy of art making.

Linder Sterling will be joined by Lord Burlington to discuss her Chatsworth exhibition, Her Grace Land, and its unparalleled poly-sensory approach to the past, present and future.

Leading British artist Idris Khan will speak about the minimal, yet emotionally charged photographs, videos and sculptures that make up his practice, exploring the influences and creative process behind his work.

David Dawson, who was Lucian Freud’s model, devoted assistant, adviser and friend, will be joined by Martin Gayford (subject of Freud’s portrait Man with a Blue Scarf) for a unique insight and examination into the life and work of Freu, and the complex relationship between artist, sitter and portrait.

In conversation with New York-based sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard, executive director of Yorkshire Sculpture Park Peter Murray will talk about the evolution of the park and Ursula’s progress from minimalism to the creation of monumental works for open air.

A lively discussion and some real-life sketching is on the cards as political cartoonist Peter Brookes joins writer Ann Treneman to talk about his fascinating work and cartooning of recent political earthquakes for The Times.

Art historian Dan Cruickshank will talk about his recent journey through Syria and the BBC TV documentary he made on its architecture, history, national pride and identity, and the new director of the Royal Collection, Tim Knox will shed light on his role as the keeper of the Queen’s private collection. 

With its setting in the enchanting grounds of Chatsworth, thoughts of gardens are never far from Art Out Loud. This year, gardening writer Anna Pavord discusses the art of ‘marshalling nature’ and ‘getting her hands dirty’, while landscape architect Todd Longstaffe-Gowan talks about the challenges and rewards of gardening in the tropics.

The event is on from September 21-23 and more information about all the events and tickets are available at