The glorious country house of Chatsworth has just reopened following a ten year, £32million refurbishment. A member of the Treasure Houses of England, Chatsworth is considered one of the country’s ten most magnificent stately homes. The work is being celebrated in an exhibition that runs until October 2018, entitled Chatsworth Renewed, showing off not just the revivified house and gardens, but also documenting the work which went on – from rebuilding turrets to carving new stone with dentists’ tools. However for colour lovers there is an extra treat in the form of a specially commissioned installation entitled Sowing Colour.
Chatsworth’s custodians, the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, have long been supporters of the arts, and have commissioned numerous new works for The Devonshire Collection, housed at Chatsworth. As part of the reopening celebrations they have invited artist and ceramicist Natasha Daintry to create an installation inspired by Chatsworth’s world-class gardens, themselves a riot of beautiful colour, and just coming into their own as spring dawns.
Situated in the Dome Room, Sowing Colour is made up of over 200 individually coloured pots, moving in scale from tiny and delicate to boldly outsized. Daintry’s work drew on both the plants, forms and colours of the gardens themselves, and ideas about human culture and, by extension, horticulture. The structure is meant to embody the dramatic and dynamic progression of Fibonacci’s mathematical sequence that underlies natural growth.
“This project is my most ambitious to date,” Daintry says, “and has taken almost two years to complete, involving many technical challenges of working in porcelain on this scale and collaboration with technicians and engineers. It has been a joy to make and is wonderful to see it finally installed.”
Sowing Colour is part of the House Visitor Route at Chatsworth. Visit the website to book tickets, or to find out about all the events in the Chatsworth season.