Landscape Seminar – « CSTI hors les murs », Hestercombe Gardens

NOVEMBER 11th, 2015



‘Landscape Painters Anonymous’ seminar

Category Hestercombe Events
Next Date 11 11 2015 05:00 PM
Event 11 11 2015 05:00 PM – 11 11 2015 07:30 PM
 Landscape Painters Anonymous is a seminar hosted by artist in residence Simon Bayliss and cultural historian Laurent Châtel.

The evening will begin with a tour of the current Hestercombe Gallery exhibitions ‘Arcadia’ the culmination of Bayliss’ summerlong residency and ‘Wish You
Were Here?’ artist postcards from Jeremy Cooper’s collection.

In the subsequent talk Bayliss reveals his conflicting feelings about becoming a landscape painter. He discusses the limitations and freedoms of a romantic or picturesque approach to landscape, in relation to both tourist art in the South West and the landscape gardens at Hestercombe. Through considering the work made during his residency Bayliss also describes his exploration of personal and artistic identity through painterly connection to place.

Châtel will follow with a talk ‘In and Out of Landscape – Eighteenth-Century Virtual Reality Experiences’ which describes how tricky the notion of the ‘picturesque’ was in the eighteenth century. This is not with a pedantic academic intent at linguistic clarification, but with a view to transferring us back to eighteenth century visual and mental habits, showing how men and women at the time used and perceived the picturesque.

Châtel will point to the new technologies which today enable us to digitally obtain an experience of ‘virtual reality’ not altogether alien to their own experiences of imagination, fancy and virtuality within gardens back in the 1750s, such as at Hestercombe.

A discussion chaired by Hestercombe curator Tim Martin will conclude the evening.

Date: Wednesday 11th November
Time: 5 – 7.30pm
Where: Hestercombe House
Price: Tickets £7 per person, including refreshments
Book: Online via the link below or by calling the ticket office on 01823 413923.

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