Leviathan – sized lily pads, a collapsing tree house, giant doll’s house, ‘fossilisation machine’ and a two-tonne block of ice carried from Greenland; just a taste of a number of extraordinary artworks envisioned for Tatton Park Biennial 2010.
From 8 May – 26 September 2010, this unique contemporary art event returns to Tatton Park. Over 20 emerging and internationally recognised artists will create new works inspired by and for the Mansion, Parkland and Gardens.
These diverse and dynamic works have been specially commissioned for Tatton Park Biennial 2010 and will have their world premieres at the historic estate in rural east Cheshire.
The inaugural Biennial, which took place in the summer of 2008, saw artists, performers and writers develop new works for Tatton Park, to considerable critical and public acclaim. Tatton Park Biennial 2008 was shortlisted for the prestigious Lever Prize and one artwork, Heather & Ivan Morison’s I am so sorry. Goodbye (Escape Vehicle No 4) was selected by RSA Arts & Ecology Magazine as one of the world’s most inspiring artworks of 2008.
Tatton Park Biennial 2010 will take a site-specific theme of ‘Framing Identity’. Artists and writers will develop works which will examine the site as a living and evolving subject, exploring our ‘sense of place’ and what roots the individual to a particular location.
The artworks will take a diverse number of forms: large scale installations, experimental film works, comic, performance and the written word.
A proposal for one piece, Lily, can be seen above. Renowned environmental artist, Steve Messam, will create a beautiful trail of bright red lily pads across Tatton Mere. At five metre diameter, they will be large and striking enough to be seen from aeroplanes on Manchester Airport’s flight path.