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‘The Magpie’ finds fine jewels at Forty Hall

Published Tuesday, 05 February 2013

Forty Hall & Estate are delighted to announce a new exhibition by acclaimed artist-in-residence Richard Layzell.

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Exhibition: ‘The Magpie’ Friday 1 February – Sunday 28 April 2013 (Free: Normal Hall opening times)
Talk by Richard Layzell: Thursday 21 February 2013 (6.30pm) Tickets: £8 per person, £5 concessions

Walk with Richard Layzell: Friday 1 March 2013 (10.15pm – Midnight) Free

‘The Magpie’ chronicles Richard’s response to the newly refurbished Forty Hall & Estate, as a sculptor, film-maker and performer.

‘The Magpie’ exhibition is an innovative installation and film-piece exploring the Hall and the surrounding landscape and looking in detail at the way in which parks are used by people.  Inspired by recent travel to Beijing and Shanghai, Richard makes articulate observations on how the people of China use parks for social interaction, bringing an essence of that eastern spirit with him to Forty Hall and Estate this spring.  As such ‘The Magpie’ will extend to other parts of the building and grounds, as well as the Long Gallery and Inner Courtyard. 

Richard said; “It’s a privilege to have this opportunity to really be ‘in residence’ at Forty Hall and to make a contribution to how we experience this sumptuous building and its long history”.

In addition to the exhibition itself, there will be opportunities throughout the project to engage directly with Richard to further explore the concepts and inspiration for the residency.  On Thursday 21 February Richard will be leading an artist talk offering visitors an insight in to the work at Forty Hall and Richard’s practice with opportunities to view the exhibition and ask questions.  Spurred on by a recent walk in darkness across Dartmoor Richard will be hosting a night walk on Friday 1 March in the grounds of Forty Hall – join him to explore the park at night and learn more about the inspiration behind ‘The Magpie’. 

Cllr Bambos Charalambous, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure said “We are absolutely delighted to welcome an acclaimed artist like Richard Layzell to Forty Hall, and very much look forward to his interpretation of the newly refurbished Hall with his exhibition and evening walks.

“This is an extraordinary chance to experience Forty Hall through the eyes of Richard, who has spent time in China looking at how they view their open spaces. Everyone who is interested in Forty Hall and its beautiful parkland, and who would like to see it from a unique perspective should go to the exhibition and talks. It is definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity”.

The common threads of Richard Layzell’s practice and research are about an engagement with opportunity.  Richard has been commissioned by Tate Britain, The Science Museum, Glasgow Museums, Kettles Yard, Serpentine Gallery, Camden Arts Centre, Bluecoat Liverpool, The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and many other national and international venues and institutions.

Richard is an associate artist with ResCen at Middlesex University, Hendon. You can follow his progress on this project

For further information about ‘The Magpie

Exhibition: ‘The Magpie’ Friday 1 February – Sunday 28 April 2013 (Free: Normal Hall opening times)
Talk by Richard Layzell: Thursday 21 February 2013 (6.30pm) Tickets: £8 per person, £5 concessions

Walk with Richard Layzell: Friday 1 March 2013 (10.15pm – Midnight) Free

‘The Magpie’ chronicles Richard’s response to the newly refurbished Forty Hall & Estate, as a sculptor, film-maker and performer.

‘The Magpie’ exhibition is an innovative installation and film-piece exploring the Hall and the surrounding landscape and looking in detail at the way in which parks are used by people.  Inspired by recent travel to Beijing and Shanghai, Richard makes articulate observations on how the people of China use parks for social interaction, bringing an essence of that eastern spirit with him to Forty Hall and Estate this spring.  As such ‘The Magpie’ will extend to other parts of the building and grounds, as well as the Long Gallery and Inner Courtyard. 

Richard said; “It’s a privilege to have this opportunity to really be ‘in residence’ at Forty Hall and to make a contribution to how we experience this sumptuous building and its long history”.

In addition to the exhibition itself, there will be opportunities throughout the project to engage directly with Richard to further explore the concepts and inspiration for the residency. 

On Thursday 21 February Richard will be leading an artist talk offering visitors an insight in to the work at Forty Hall and Richard’s practice with opportunities to view the exhibition and ask questions.  Spurred on by a recent walk in darkness across Dartmoor Richard will be hosting a night walk on Friday 1 March in the grounds of Forty Hall – join him to explore the park at night and learn more about the inspiration behind ‘The Magpie’. 

Cllr Bambos Charalambous, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure said “We are absolutely delighted to welcome an acclaimed artist like Richard Layzell to Forty Hall, and very much look forward to his interpretation of the newly refurbished Hall with his exhibition and evening walks.

“This is an extraordinary chance to experience Forty Hall through the eyes of Richard, who has spent time in China looking at how they view their open spaces. Everyone who is interested in Forty Hall and its beautiful parkland, and who would like to see it from a unique perspective should go to the exhibition and talks. It is definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity”.

The common threads of Richard Layzell’s practice and research are about an engagement with opportunity.  Richard has been commissioned by Tate Britain, The Science Museum, Glasgow Museums, Kettles Yard, Serpentine Gallery, Camden Arts Centre, Bluecoat Liverpool, The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and many other national and international venues and institutions.

Richard is an associate artist with ResCen at Middlesex University, Hendon. You can follow his progress on this project at his website.

For further information about ‘The Magpie’ visit the Forty Hall website

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