Walking, Looking and Telling Tales
June 2 - November 4
Over the summer at National Trust’s Cherryburn, the birthplace of Thomas Bewick, you can discover a series of fascinating new miniature landscapes by the contemporary painter Mark Fairnington.
Mark’s installation reflects the Northumbrian landscape and the work of printmaker Thomas Bewick, best known for his natural history books including A History of British Birds published in 1797. These celebrated illustrated books pointed Bewick’s art towards the wider world and made his name known far beyond Northumberland, but the heart of his subject matter was profoundly local. Bewick gathered information by walking and his work became a record of the people he saw. Inspired by his own walks around Cherryburn and Northumberland, Mark’s new paintings look at Bewick’s countryside from a contemporary viewpoint.
Walking, Looking and Telling Tales 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