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Building Dreams: Artworks

June 7, 2013

On Tuesday June 11th a brand new set of contemporary art installations will open to visitors at Cragside. The artworks are based around the title of “Building Dreams” – they should represent the fact that Lord and Lady Armstrong came to a bare Northumbrian hillside and built their thoroughly modern dream home and landscape from nothing.

During the previous few days the artworks located outdoors have been installed, and Monday (June 3rd) saw the installation of the third and fourth works, located here in the house.

Irene Brown’s work, Fulmination, is an intense video installation in which Cragside is repeatedly struck by lightening. The video is projected through a full glass bottle and has sound as well as imagery. It is located in the Study, the shutters will be up across the windows and the room slightly darkened, very atmospheric!

Jo Coupe’s work, Give and Take, is being installed in the Electrical Room as I type. The Electrical Room has not been open to the public for a number of years due to preparing it for a long awaited restoration (still awaited!) so the room is empty of all historic objects other than the largest items of furniture.

This piece consists of 5 tanks filled with copper sulphate solution which will, over the course of the rest of the season, copper plate long-stemmed roses – a live electrical experiment! This one really represents the space it fills. The Electrical Room was the area purpose-built for Lord Armstrong to conduct his own Electrical experiments, although none quite like this.

Here’s a gallery of images from the installationof Give and Take:

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