In Pictures: Harewood House's Terrace Gallery celebrates 21 years with Twenty-One show

By Culture24 Staff | 06 July 2010
A photo of a sculpture of a man on a plinth inside a country house

(Above) Adam, by Sir Jacob Epstein, was selected by Sonia Boyce for Twenty-One

Exhibition: Twenty-One, Terrace Gallery, Harewood House, Leeds, until September 19 2010

In 1989, the Terrace Gallery became the first dedicated contemporary art space to be set up within a country house. To mark its 21st birthday, 21 artists have been invited to respond to the collections.

A close-up photo of a circular mirror

Finden's Portraits, selected by Eleanor Moreton

Diane Howse, the artist who launched the gallery all those years ago with a selection of paintings, prints and sculptures in aid of Survival International, has co-curated this show. "I find it hard to believe that 21 years have passed since the Terrace Gallery opened," she says. "When I look back on the 65 exhibitions we have shown since then it is easy to see where the time has gone."

A photo of a fallen tree inside a gallery

(Above) Kate Davis, Opera Glasses, Willow Tree, Willow Branch new work by Kate Davis

The 250-year-old House has sparked a trend for art in unusual settings. "It is heartening to see how the situation has changed over the years," reflects Howse, praising the "phenomenal rise in popularity of contemporary art in the UK."

A photo of an ornate birdcage with a small bird inside it

Mechanical Songbird, selected by Neeta Madahar

Royal Academian Norman Ackroyd, veteran painter Maurice Cockrill, futuristic cut-and-paster Leo Fitzmaurice and digital innovator Susan Collins are among the names taking part. "The invitation to artists was very open, so I had little idea of what to expect," admits Howse.

A photo of a series of tombstones

(Above) The Graveyard, All Saints Church, selected by Peter Mitchell

The squad follow a lineage inspired by the House which includes JMW Turner and Sir Joshua Reynolds. "We have invited artists to work with the collections, the House and the grounds, focusing on elements which have a particular resonance or fascination for them," says Howse.

"Harewood has inspired many people over the course of its history and Twenty-One will present a very new interpretation of all that is here."

Images: Jonty Wilde

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