Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Catherine Bertola: "Thought for the Week" Scion - Beacon Art Project

Artwork of the Month Series
Scion, Beacon Art Project
Somerset, England
27 October 2010

Contemporary Art at Barrington Court
Barrington Court, Nr Ilminster, Somerset TA19 0NQ

Scion is the title of a series of activities developed by Beacon and the National Trust that will deliver a programme of contemporary art at Barrington Court over the course of sixteen months culminating in a major exhibition in 2011. Beacon Art Project is based in Lincolnshire and commissions and presents artwork by national and international artists within unusual, non-gallery settings, emphasising the importance of the context in which we experience art.
This project is supported by Trust New Art, a programme to connect more people to National Trust places through contemporary art and craft. The National Trust is working in partnership with Arts Council England.
Arts Council England and the National Trust believe that placing high-quality and innovative contemporary art within historic settings can inspire artists and audiences and encourage new ways of looking at the work and the world.
As the partnership develops, a wide programme of events, projects and products will be developed to make contemporary arts and crafts an integral part of the National Trust's daily offer to visitors, building new audiences and providing career opportunities to both emerging and established artists.

Artwork of the Month Series
Each month an existing artwork is installed at Barrington Court.
The artworks are not new commissions, but are selected on the basis of their fit to the building and to the curatorial remit of Scion. The artist is invited to give a lunchtime talk about the work and a question and answer session follows. Everyone is welcome to attend these talks for which free entry can be gained through presentation of the downloadable voucher (see below). Scroll down to see details of previous Artworks of the Month.

Thought for the Week
Is an ongoing series of embroideries, each containing a
text derived from emails the artist receives every week
from a life coaching website.

Catherine Bertola
Thought for the week (Don't be a prisoner..), 2008
Linen, cotton thread, wadding, mdf, card, brass tacks, glue
23cm diameter
Photographer: Colin Davison