Artists at the National Trust

Did you know that three BCU graduates have been awarded artists' residencies at National Trust properties in the Midlands over the summer?

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Each will last for just five days. Larissa Shaw will be heading to Elgar's birthplace at The Firs,  Worcestershire; Ailleen Doherty to Attingham Park, and Grace Williams to Mr Straw's House,  Nottinghamshire. As Kate Stoddart from the National Trust explains:

 “The short residency format is designed to encourage experimentation and foster innovation. These residences offer new ways of working, allowing artists to engage with a place and develop site-specific responses to the stories, collections and landscapes of the National Trust.”

The Trust have worked with more than two hundred artists since the creation of their New Art programme in 2009.

 Interior view of Mr Straw's House, Nottingham

Interior view of Mr Straw's House, Nottingham

Have you ever considered making art in response to a particular site? If so, archives can shed new light on its history. Our own contain plans, written records and photographs relating to the history of the School of Art in Margaret Street if you're interested in making work inspired by the building in which you're working or studying. Why not come and take a look at what we've got?