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genius loci: Berrington Hall, Herefordshire, 2016

Throughout 2016 Red Earth will be artists in residence at Berrington Hall, Herefordshire, celebrating Capability Brown’s final landscape.

Artists will be working on site with NT staff and volunteers, building a series of sculpture installations with coppiced wood and reed from the park. As the year progresses the installations will slowly emerge across the parkland, bringing together house, woods, lake and the wider landscape to reveal Brown’s creative genius.

Berrington is transformed as Red Earth conjure the atmosphere of an C18th working landscape, paying homage to  both Brown and the local workforce who made his vision a reality. The installations will be in place until 2017.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Artist-led map workshops • March 27/28 • April 2/3 • April 9/10

Working weekends • July 23/24 • July 30/31

Join the artists while musicians play in parkland and house.
July 23/24 Help cut and bind reeds for the lake installation Telling the waters.
July 30/31 Come and celebrate the launch of Telling the waters in the lake.

Strange Magic • September 17

Live sound, music, fire, and performance draw together the year’s events in an atmospheric closing celebration at dusk.
Advanced booking only. Limited tickets.

GENIUS LOCI was commissioned by Trust New Art and the National Trust at Berrington Hall to celebrate Capability Brown’s tri-centenary at Berrington Hall, and initiates the National Trust’s plan to restore Berrington to Brown’s original vision of 1780.

Artists/technicians

Design and execution by lead artists Caitlin Easterby and Simon Pascoe,
with Oval room

Desk: Marcus Laffan
Map: Sax Impey
Sound: Caitlin Easterby, Rebecca Lee, Jim Brouwer

Parkland installations      
Barney Farrell, Andy Gill, Matt Hodgson, David Statham

Musicians    
Dirk Campbell and company
Local choirs, quartets and instrumentalists

Strange Magic
Mark Anderson
Lord Strange

Thanks to
Pete Johnson and the volunteer ranger team and all Berrington staff and volunteers who have made this project possible.