Langlands & Bell (2004)

Re awakening

Langlands and Bell's intention is to 're awaken' the space through a full-scale mirrored installation, enabling people to focus on the role and history of the chapel.

'Re awakening'

13th June - 26th September

During an initial research visit to Mount Stuart, artists Langlands and Bell came across the tiny and exquisitely detailed family chapel dedicated to St John the Evangelist and designed in 1873 by the renowned architect William Burges.

The chapel mixes Gothic and Byzantine architectural styles in a space that is no more than 5x7 metres in size. Partly inspired by the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, its walls and altar are richly decorated with allegorical friezes of male and female saints, and references to the Holy Land. The structure is discretely - almost secretly - located in one of two remaining sections of the 'old house', which survived the fire of 1877 and has previously remained inaccessible to visitors.

Langlands and Bell's intention is to 're awaken' the space through a full-scale mirrored installation, enabling people to focus on the role and history of the chapel, and its unique characteristics as an architectonic environment dedicated to the spiritual and to art. The installation encourages contemplation and a critical engagement with the space and its narratives. Visitors themselves step in to the 'reflection portrait', interacting with both actual and virtual space.

An artist's book, with texts by Charlotte Edwards and Tim Knox, is available from the Mount Stuart gift shop, priced £12.50.

Access to the Chapel is made by special appointment. Please call +44 (0) 1700 503877 or email contactus@mountstuart.com for more information.

Scottish Arts CouncilThe Henry Moore FoundationThe Foundation for Sports and the Arts

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reawakening
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Langlands & Bell
Short Description

The book is published by Mount Stuart Trust in conjunction with the Visual Arts programme at Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute 2004.

Available in an edition of 1000 copies with text by Charlotte Edwards and Tim Knox.