Contemporary Art at Gibside
May 12 - September 30
Over the summer at the National Trust’s Gibside you can discover new artworks by Fiona Curran and Andrew Burton inspired by the story of Mary Eleanor Bowes, the Countess of Strathmore and the heiress to the Gibside Estate.
Mary Eleanor (1749 – 1800) had a lifelong passion for botany, sending explorer William Paterson to collect rare and beautiful plants from the Cape in Africa. However, tricked into marriage by the charismatic adventurer Captain Andrew “Stoney” Robinson, Mary Eleanor’s life took a distressing turn.
The wealth and beauty of Gibside was squandered as Stoney sold off woods, parkland and property to fund his nefarious activities.
Contemporary Art at Gibside is part of a research project, ‘Mapping Contemporary Art in the Heritage Experience’, which is exploring how contemporary art might change visitors’ experience of a heritage site.
As a group of researchers from Newcastle and Leeds Universities we are interested in finding out whether creating and siting new art in heritage places can change the ways in which these important places are understood and enjoyed.