28th May 2024

Not Just A Pile Of Old Stones: Contemporary Art And The English Stately Home

In this talk, I discuss the recent proliferation of contemporary art on display in Britain’s stately homes and parklands. Focussing on works which have been collected or exhibited in different ways at notable estates such as Blenheim Palace, Chatsworth House and Houghton Hall during the 21st century, I explore the fascinating dialogue between landscape, architecture and the vibrant art of today. Among the major international artists I look at are Ai Weiwei, Jennie Holzer, James Turrell, Rachel Whiteread as well as British Turner Prize winners, Antony Gormley, Damien Hirst and Richard Long


Lecturer: Anna Moszynska

I am a London-based lecturer and writer specialising in contemporary art. During the 1990s, I oversaw the development of the first British Master’s Degree in the subject at Sotheby’s Institute. I have also taught at institutions including The City Lit, the Royal Academy and Tate London, as well as lecturing in cities ranging from Dubai to New York. I currently teach at academic institutions in London and Paris and run my own courses. My books include Abstract Art (1990, enlarged ed. 2020) and Sculpture Now (2013), both published by Thames & Hudson. I enjoy introducing art to audiences in a lively and approachable way to make modern and contemporary art both accessible and interesting.