The Residents is a National Trust artists-in-residence programme curated by Inheritance Projects in partnership with Nottingham Contemporary, BALTIC and The Hepworth Wakefield. Hosting three artists/artists group in National Trust properties across three regions, the project invites the artists to develop their practice through critical engagement with the historical and contemporary contexts of the buildings. Work produced during each residency period will be exhibited on-site and in the nearby regional gallery throughout 2012.
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Whilst in residence at Clumber Park, Support Structure will be focusing on the plan of the absent house, how the building was articulated and used until it was demolished. They are interested in the story of the demolished house and how the public’s imagination can be exercised through the absence of such a principal element on the property. Support Structure have also spent time investigating the unrealised proposals for other buildings around the world and at Clumber Park linked through a wilful narrative of social ambition, and will work towards presenting their proposals for changes to the future conditions of Cumber Park on-site and at Nottingham Contemporary. The book of proposals will be co-published by Nottingham Contemporary and distributed to all visitors at Clumber Park in February 2012.
24 February – 26 February, Nottingham Contemporary
Support Structure will create a temporary installation in The Space which will be accompanied by a series of events.
24 February, Nottingham Contemporary
Symposium and Publication Launch
7pm, The Space, free
To launch Support Structure's publication Missing Houses (Proposals), published by Nottingham Contemporary and Inheritance Projects, Gavin Wade will give an artist talk in The Space at Nottingham Contemporary. Andrew Barber (Curator, National Trust) and Dr. Eva Rovers (University of Groningen, author a biography of Helene Kröller-Müller) will join him for a lively discussion relating to Support Structure's residency at Clumber Park.
25 February, Nottingham Contemporary
Film Screening: Beetlejuice (1988) and The Shining (1980)
6pm, The Space, free
One of the proposals in the Support Structure publication is to screen scary movies - inspired by this Gavin Wade and Celine Condorelli have selected these two films to be screened in the installation.
26 February, Clumber Park
Clumber Park Tour
Pick up 11am - drop back at Nottingham Contemporary 5pm
Connecting the installation at Nottingham Contemporary with the original Clumber Park site we are offering a free coach trip to Clumber Park with a specially curated tour of the grounds. Please dress warmly. Places are limited so booking is essential.
As mentioned in the Domesday Book, Clumber Park was first a monastic property built in the Middle Ages. It later came to be a deer park, following its acquisition by the Holles Family in the 18th Century. Whilst a Gothic Chapel still stands, only an empty expanse of land reveals where the original house of Clumber was built. The absent building indicates the decline of the grand estate following two great fires and a period of debt for the frivolous owners that coincided with the First World War. It was once the stomping ground of Robin Hood and, comprising over 3,800 acres, Clumber was used to store Churchill's arsenal, for trench digging and other training exercises during World War II. Contemporary Clumber is a rich historical landscape, parkland dotted with structures, impressive views, public activities and a dedicated team of staff.
Support Structure is an architectural interface aiming to create spaces to be continuously reinvented by their users in relation to context. Support Structure aids reconsideration of existing spaces as an impulse for future change. Their projects to date include; a narrated site map of the University of Essex annotated by the stories of the site, the establishment of Eastside Projects gallery space in Birmingham and a book, Support Structures (edited by Celine Condorelli) published by Sternberg Press in 2009. Support Structure is Celine Condorelli and Gavin Wade.
A film by James Price/Field Studies Productions