That Which Remains: Contemporary Visual Arts Programme 2016

Published: 11 July 2016

2016 marks the fifteenth anniversary of Mount Stuart’s contemporary visual arts programme and celebrates with a multi-site retrospective, an explorative trail revisiting the previous fifteen years.  

Remaining traces of Begin Again To The Summoning Birds by Anya Gallaccio, installed 2005

The title refers to both the actual traces and remains of the works situated in the house and grounds, and works which are returning for the late summer and autumn.  The works – sculpture, photography, painting, film and video were originally developed in response to the context they inhabit – the architecture of the building, the collections, the archives,  the landscape and the community of Bute.  This year, the exhibition seeks to continue a comprehensive dialogue with re-grouped works from artists Kate Whiteford, Thomas Joshua Cooper, Christine Borland, Katy Lynton, Victoria Clare Bernie, Mischa Haller, Moyna Flannigan, Sarah Staton, Anya Gallaccio, Nathan Coley, Lee Mingwei, Langlands and Bell, Mark Neville, Lorna Macintyre, Nina Danino, Ian Bourn, Lucy Skaer and Kate Davis.   

Works at Mount Stuart have been temporal, temporary and occasionally permanent.  From an audience perspective revisiting the works reveals much about the process of working within this site-specific context, the common threads that run between the works and an insight into the different responses and processes that inform the artists practice and enrich the experience at Mount Stuart.    

From an educational viewpoint we’ll be exploring the wider questions around commissioning new works, what does it mean for the artist and the commissioning organisation and what happens to work after an exhibition is over.   The exhibition will take place between the house, the gardens and the Visitor Centre, with an accompanying programme of educational events and screenings.  

Lee Mingwei back at Mount Stuart from Mount Stuart on Vimeo.

Programme Director, Sophie Crichton Stuart said, “It is wonderful to bring these works together in the location that originally inspired them, to work with the artists again and to discuss their perceptions of the role Mount Stuart has had in their practice and careers.” 

Education Officer and Visual Arts Programme Coordinator, Morven Gregor added, “In addition to programming a series of talks, workshops and events, we will be investigating what remains in the memories of local and visiting communities of the earlier exhibitions. This might include school students who participated in associated projects and were inspired to see the world differently or visitors, like me, who were first attracted to Mount Stuart because of the visual art programme.”

Adam Ellis-Jones, Operations Director explained, “This retrospective is a time to celebrate what has happened over the last fifteen years and also a time to look forward and ask, what next? There is renewed energy both at Mount Stuart and on the island as a whole and this is an exciting time to visit.”

That Which Remains will run 13 August to 30 October 2016 after a press opening on Friday 12 August 2016.

For further press information and artist biographies please contact:

Donna Chisholm, donna@mountstuart.com

Morven Gregor, morven@mountstuart.com

Or head to the Visual Arts section of our website.

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Mount Stuart is open through 30 October 2016.  Please call +44 (0)1700 503877 for further information or go to our Visiting page.

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