Tatton Park Biennial (v)Venue: Tatton Park, Cheshire
Curators: Danielle Arnaud and Jordan Kaplan
Date: 2nd April 2008
Gayle Chong Kwan, Nicky Coutts, Heather & Ivan Morison, Jacques Nimki, Paulette Phillips, David Blandy, Lisa Cheung, Faye Claridge, Jo Coupe, Tessa Farmer & Sean Daniels, Kongkee, The Little Artists, Simon Pope, Abigail Reynolds, Manuela Ribadeneira, Shane Waltener, Simon Woolham
This inaugural exhibition sets the scene for future Biennials, marking Tatton Park as a significant and innovative addition to both Cheshire and the UK’s expanding visual arts events. An outstanding array of specially commissioned artworks from emerging and mid-career artists are complemented by a significant programme of linked events, talks, symposia, workshops, education and outreach projects, artists’ performances and tours. A publication detailing the work leading up to the opening of the Biennial was produced to coincide with the Biennial run from May to September 2008.
The programme and artworks for 2008 was curated by Danielle Arnaud and Jordan Kaplan from commissioning group Parabola, and installed within Tatton Park’s formal gardens and wider estate. For 2008, the Biennial focuses on Botanical Collections and Collectors. Working with a different thematic for each subsequent event, the Biennial has commissioned new artworks that respond specifically to Tatton Park’s varied spaces and historical associations, offering both cultural and interpretive value to Tatton’s many visitors. Tatton Park Biennial 2008 was delivered as a nationally significant event, establishing itself as a renowned site for artistic investigation and offering a high-profile opportunity for artists to create new work for one of the Northwest of England’s most interesting and diverse heritage venues.
The 2008 theme of Botanical Collections and Collectors provides a direct link to Cheshire’s Year of Gardens ’08 and offered Tatton Park’s Arboretum, Pineapple House, Conservatory, Kitchen Garden, Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, Italian Garden, Fern House and Azalea collection (amongst others) as potential sites and subjects for new art production.
For 2008, 6 major commissions were augmented by a further 12 smaller-scale works, many of which ‘reveal’ themselves at different points during the Biennial’s five month run. All commissions develop enriched understandings of Tatton Park’s gardens and their legacies, both social and horticultural.