High Cross House Dartington – new project

Halcyon summer days. Lizards sunning themselves on the terrace, scarce swallowtail butterflies on the lavender, drinking wine in the shade of the magnificent Acer tree which has grown out of all recognition from the little thing it was twenty years ago.

I am starting to work on my new project, a commissioned exhibition at High Cross House, Dartington for September to December 2013.  Originally designed by the Swiss American Architect William Lescase for the first headmaster of Dartington Hall School, the house is now being managed by the National Trust.  I made my first visit there in mid July and was entranced by the modernist architecture and the way in which the NT have retained the feel of it as a domestic interior.  There is original furniture including the Steinway grand piano, which anyone entering the sitting room is invited to play.  There are studios upstairs which are being used by artists in residence and the current composer in residence was playing his own compositions for a couple of hours during the afternnon.  The atmosphere felt vibrant and I am very excited about the oportunity to make work in response to the building and its ambiance.


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One Response to “High Cross House Dartington – new project”

  1. Felicity Somerset Says:

    Congratulations, Fiona – sounds like a very exciting project.

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