Saturday, 19 February 2011

Making Art History/EnterArts Art Project - Wightwick Manor

For the past few months I have been lucky to have been accepted and have been working on an Art Project which is based at Wightwick Manor, which although it looks like a medieval Manor house was actually built in the late 1890's. It is well known for having been furnished under the influence of the Arts & Crafts movement and the house contains many examples of William Morris designs on fabric and wallpaper and William de Morgan designs on ceramcs and tiles.

The project is run by Enter Arts under the Wolverhampton Adult Education Service and Making Art History which is a project run by the National Trust.
The idea is that as professional artists we can take any inspiration that we wish from Wightwick Manor and use it in our art work which is then to be displayed as final pieces in an exhibition at Wightwick Manor in May.
My inspiration is being led to the natural plants, flowers and foliage outside as well as the obvious natural inspiration from the designs of William Morris and de Morgan:

These photos were taken when there was a wonderful hoarfrost which totally transforms the landscape and emphasises the structure of everything:

As well as William Morris designs all over the house there is an extra exhibition at Wightwick Manor of his work which starts at the beginning of March - I will post more details when they become available.


acornmoon said...

Oh lucky you! The house is wonderful and you are bound to be inspired. The black and white of the building would lend itself to wood engraving, you should have a go one day.

Mangle Prints said...

Looks a fantastic project Jacqui, and what a venue! Please keep us up to date with how it goes, looks fascinating.

mandy walden said...

what an opportunity!Lucky you ! Looking forward to seeing how the work progresses !

Debu Barve said...


Very interesting project indeed! Wishing you all the best.

Friko said...

You will certainly have been able to take photographs of icy scenes this morning. We woke up here in the South Shropshire Hills to a milky white and misty world.

Jacqui Dodds said...

Valerie - yes I keep meaning to have a go at wood engraving - just need some more time!

Amanda and Mandy - yes will keep you posted

Debu Barve - thank you

Friko - Icy scenes are nice - but sometimes a bit too cold for me. Hope you are enjoying the sunshine at the moment.