Beacon arts Project takes creative Compass crew to historic houses across Lincolnshire

By Ben Miller | 17 October 2012
A photo of the outside of a huge brown brick castle with a green lawn under blue sky
Grimsthorpe Castle is a beacon of art© Ray Biggs
Exhibition Preview: Compass, various venues, Lincolnshire, until October 28 2012

Since 2004, the Beacon collective has been persuading contemporary artists to show their work across Lincolnshire.

This year, they’re taking them to historic houses across the county’s countryside, including the National Trust’s Woolsthorpe Manor, South Holland District’s Ayschoughfee Hall Museum and Grimsthorpe Castle, a site set within 3,000 acres of park owned by the Earl of Lincoln more than 800 years ago.

A photo of a caravan outdoors
Jem Finer's caravan at Woolsthorpe Manor© Thierry Bal
The hallowed settings seem to have stimulated their temporary residents: at Ayscoughfee, a 15th century building in Spalding, Jordan Baseman interviews ghost hunters and trace mediums, one of whom forms a dialogue on her experiences of talking to the dead.

Baseman turns this into a series of interview sessions overlayed by abstract visuals on 60mm exposed film and images shot from a train window.

In the gardens, Amanda Coogan enlists the help of six artists for a performance piece, while a soundwork by Bethan Huws provides a homage to the resident sculptor gardener in the topiary.

Huws has made a colonnade-spanning text, Where is Duchamp? The work is in the Library at Grimsthorpe and notes and images are at Woolsthorpe Manor, which is also the venue for a small caravan parked there by Jem Finer.

Inside, Finer has made a virtual journey from space in homage to Isaac Newton, who was to the Manor born. Between these artists and spaces, Newton seems a fitting figure of inspiration.

  • Visits are by coach take place on October 20-21 and 27-28. Visit the project online for more details. Follow Beacon art Project on Twitter @beaconartp.
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