FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. 07/09/17
Institute for the Arts,University of Cumbria
Contact: Amy Johnson 07731564496 or Caroline Dalton 07856820680
Cumbrian artists to exhibit in Scalesceugh Hall
Scalesceugh Hall in Carleton is set to be the venue for a very special exhibition of contemporary art which will run from Monday 25th to Saturday 30th September 2017. The exhibition entitled Rule 10 showcases the most recent work of 11 Cumbrian-based artists and addresses a diverse range of subjects using sculpture, installation, drawing, performance, film and sound and all presented here with a site-specific sensitivity to the Scalesceugh Hall venue.
The artist collective, known as eMAneight, met at the Brampton Road campus of the University of Cumbria whilst studying for Masters and PHD qualifications in Contemporary Fine Art.
Scalesceugh Hall has been part of the local landscape since 1746, you’ll see its imposing rooftops and buff sandstone features from the A6 when travelling towards Carlisle where it sits nestled amongst secluded gardens and woodlands skirting the river Petteril. The story of Scalesceugh has been a fascinating one, the original country house dates as far back as 1746, with its newer more imposing main hall, complete with all its Neo-Georgian, vernacular influences and impressive detailing being added in 1913 by ship owner John R Harrison. In the ’70s the building was converted into a care home however, in 2011 the care provision ended and the building closed and fell silent. Scalesceugh seemed to have an uncertain future. Neglected, it faced almost certain dereliction until last year when it was bought by Dr Anita Ray-Chowdhury Herdeiro and Bruno Herdeiro. Now the couple are renovating the Hall and its grounds and lovingly restoring the estate to its former glory. Equally they are developing the site into a new retirement village as part of a project which aims to re-think concepts of retirement and tackle traditional attitudes towards ageing.
The work to renovate the site is still ongoing and it’s at this midway moment that the artists have entered the picture; seeking dialogue in the traces of both old and the new. Each artist’s work in the exhibition is the embodiment perhaps of one conversation, but together they stand wholly as a collective, ‘…asking new questions of this stunning venue and in turn, kindling surprising contemporary departures throughout its formal and less finished spaces’ says Dr Mark Wilson, Professor of Fine Art from the University of Cumbria’s Institute of the Arts.
The exhibition opens on Monday 25 to Saturday 30 September, 11am – 5pm.
Entry is free of charge.
More details can be found on the exhibition website emaneight.art
For more information, or to request interview/photographs, please contact Amy Johnson: email@example.com or 07731 564 496.
Exhibiting artists include: Caroline Dalton, Jamie Diwell, Enda Farrell, Bertie Fritsch, Jackie Haynes (PhD candidate), Amy Johnson, Holly Knowles, Jade Miners, Katie Murray, Jackie Owen, Jamie Simpson.