Past Brown 2016 Events

Study day at Wentworth Castle

Friday 22 April 2016, hosted by the Wentworth Castle Heritage Trust, in association with the Gardens Trust.

In the morning Karen Lynch will speak on the landscapes and patrons, Johnny Phibbs on design characteristics and Patrick Eyres on politics and patriotism. In the afternoon Jane Furse and Johnny Phibbs will lead a tour through the Brownian park. All this, lunch and refreshments can be enjoyed for only £50.

The study day will also see the launch of ‘Yorkshire Capabilities’, the New Arcadian Journal for 2016, which will publish the extended versions of the three talks alongside a wealth of historical imagery and contemporary illustrations by eight artists.

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Collaboration with Pavilion

The YGT will be one of the partners of Pavilion for a project they are organising based around Capability Brown which will contribute to the CB300 celebrations.

Temple Newsam

Pinatopia and Mount Folly performancePinatopia and Mount Folly performance

Pavilion worked on a fantastic and very successful project with young people at Temple Newsam. On the 17 March, there was a public performance of a work by Harold Offeh entitled Pinatopia and Mount Folly. The work brought together an extensive research and workshop period with The Follies of Youth, a group of young people who explored the history and politics of Temple Newsam House.

Offeh's Pinatopia is an ostentatious display of wealth and power, with roots in empire and capitalism, centred on the pineapple as a status symbol in the eighteenth century. Through a playful spectacle, reminiscent of Carmen Miranda's exuberant carnivalesque performance in The Gang's All Here (1943), Offeh exchanged the modern banana for the baroque pineapple that was historically grown in hot houses at Temple Newsam. Having had a taste of Pinatopia in the walled garden, at dusk, audiences were escorted towards the ornamental temple folly to bear witness to Mount Folly.

Exhibition highlighting Brown's "lost" Yorkshire landscapes

The Calder, The Hepworth Wakefield
2 April – 31 May 2015
Tues – Sun, 12 – 4.30pm

Exhibition highlighting Brown's "lost" Yorkshire landscapes

The Follies of Youth is an exhibition of historical research and contemporary art commissioning by Pavilion.

Pavilion has commissioned three artists – Giles Bailey, Amelia Crouch and Ruth Lyons – to produce work in response to three landscapes in West Yorkshire – Stapleton, Whitley Beaumont and Byram – listed in the Capability Brown’s account book held by the Lindley Library of the Royal Horticultural Society. Supported by a collective of young people, nicknamed “the follies,” the artists have undertaken field trips to the ruinous and industrial landscapes. In an attempt to recover Brown’s lost designs, the artists have engaged the follies in rehearsing certain eighteenth century practices of Arcadian poetic fantasy, walking etiquette and lime kilning. The results of the exercises will be exhibited at The Calder, a former textile mill on the banks of the River Calder, programmed by The Hepworth Wakefield.

Giles Bailey’s video installation, Out of a Morass, channels Arcadian vitas echoing across history, from Nicholas Poussin’s Landscape with a Man Killed by a Snake (1648), via Brown’s landscape at Stapleton, to the graphic design of jars of pesto.

Amelia Crouch’s video, ‘Nor stamp hard on the ground neither’ overlays Adam Petrie’s Rules of Good Deportment or of Good Breeding (1720) with the grammar of the landscape garden of Whitley Beaumont.

Ruth Lyons’ Pilot Light, a large, modular, mirrored structure, reflects the limestone landscape of Byram, the lime industries and the use of limelight in nineteenth century cartography.

On 16 March 2015, 5–6pm, the artists will be in conversation with Patrick Eyres (The New Arcadian Journal) who is preparing a publication to mark the tercentenary of Brown’s birth. With focus on Brown’s work in Yorkshire, the book will include the artist’s working drawings for the commissions.

A programme of events accompanies the exhibition. For more information and to book:

The exhibition is supported by Arts Council England, The Elephant Trust, European Cultural Programme, Heritage Lottery Fund, Lumen, New Arcadian Journal, Safer Communities Fund.

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