Art Out Loud
Chatsworth House, Bakewell
21 – 23 September 2018
This will be the fourth year that the “Art Out Loud” festival takes place at Chatsworth House, bringing together speakers from the worlds of design, architecture, and art.
Chatsworth House in the Peak District of northern England has been owned by sixteen generations of the Cavendish family, the dukes of Devonshire, and with its extensive park and remarkable collection of paintings, sculptures, and antique furniture, it is a magnet for visitors. Various speakers from different disciplines will be invited to the festival to discuss their profession and socially relevant topics. On Friday, the artist Lubaina Himid will discuss art as a form of activism with Tate Modern’s curator of international art, Zoé Whitley. In 2017, Himid was the first black female artist to win the major British contemporary art award, the Turner Prize. Her work largely tackles political issues such as race and gender. The photographer David Dawson, a friend and assistant to the British painter, Lucian Freud, will be speaking with the author and art critic Martin Gayford about Freud’s life and work. Dawson himself sat for Freud and documented his creative process with photographs that have already been published in two books. Gayford also worked with the painter from 2003 to 2005. On Sunday, 23 September 2018, the gardener, journalist, and author, Anna Pavord, and The Times columnist and amateur gardener Ann Treneman, will talk about the everlasting charm of nature and the joy of getting their hands dirty in the garden. Some lectures are offered exclusively to school classes to attract a younger audience. Tickets for individual events can be purchased on the event’s website, as can day tickets that allow visitors to attend three different lectures on Friday and Sunday and four lectures on Saturday. All tickets include a free visit to the grounds.