New Exhibition – Echo: Knole’s domestic life in art, Sevenoaks, Kent

Knole's inspirational objects - Image supplied by the National Trust ©Brian Mundy
Knole’s inspirational objects – Image supplied by the National Trust ©Brian Mundy

As you may have realised by now I love historical objects so I was thrilled to discover that Knole has partnered with Sevenoaks Museum and a group of four artists to create an exhibition centred around five household items once used in the house.

A kettle, wine bin label, hand held brazier, a lead mould used for sweetmeat making and some goffering irons – which I have just discovered were used for crimping collars –  were chosen by Sue Gosling, the curator of Sevenoaks Museum where the original items are now on show, and presented to a group of Kentish artists as inspiration.  Rosalind Barker, Sue Evans, David Minton and Franny Swann then created new works of art that range from plaster of paris models to three-dimensional paintings.

When asked about taking part in ‘Echo: Knole’s domestic life in art’, Franny Swann said: ‘All four of us have thoroughly enjoyed the project.  From the excitement of the objects being revealed to us back in April, through the research, artists meetings and then the making, this has pushed our work in new directions and given us valuable insights into our artistic practice. Knole is such a magical place that I know we all felt a responsibility not to let it down.’

Artists viewing objects with Sue Gosling. Image supplied by the National Trust ©Brian Mundy
Artists viewing objects with Sue Gosling. Image supplied by the National Trust ©Brian Mundy

Now situated in the beautiful 19th Century Orangery at Knole the exhibition runs until 3 November 2013 and visitors are invited to meet the artists and discuss their work this Saturday, the 28 September, between 12pm and 3pm.

Entrance is free and, apart from this Saturday’s event, visitors are welcome from Tuesday to Friday between the hours of 10.30am and 5pm.

This is just one of the many exciting new projects happening at Knole and you can find further visitor information here.

You can also view the original artefacts at Sevenoaks Museum.

Many thanks to Laura Ellis, Marketing and Communications Assistant at Knole, for letting me know about the exhibition.

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