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Client: Tatton Park

Artists: Andy Goldsworthy, Helen Brigham, Rob Vale, Christopher Mayo, Samantha Donnelly, Sam Clayton, Mark Jacobs, Lucie Potter


The oneplace programme started in November 2005 and concluded in 2009. Internationally acclaimed sculptor Andy Goldsworthy initially spent a week at Tatton Park making a series of ephemeral works using ice, wood, leaves and earth, which were his Winter works. One of these was included in the New York Times as a ‘Winter’ commission photograph. As part of his time here, Andy also gave a talk to a capacity audience of 300 people in the Tenant’s Hall.

Goldsworthy returned for his second period of work in July 2007 when he made a number of new pieces that are his Summer works. He used leaves, branches, reeds and rain in his sculptures to create ephemeral and semi-permanent works.

As well as Goldsworthy’s work, oneplace supported residencies for emerging practitioners. Rob Vale and Helen Brigham were chosen as the first two residency practitioners because their work proposals were complementary ­ Rob used film and dance to explore the variety of Tatton Park’s landscape. Helen used craft based materials to articulate the relationship between the interiors of the Mansion House, its occupants and the Estate.

The next residency practitioner was composer Christopher Mayo. He created a new piece of music which expressed abstract elements such as weather, trees moving in the wind, light and dark. The piece, 'Tatton Park', was Premiered in July 2007 by the Camberwell Composers Collective using auto-harp, twelve string guitar, toy piano, toy drum set and chord organ.

The next set of three residencies has been funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. These are sculptors Samantha Donnelly and Sam Clayton & Mark Jacobs (working together as a team), with Glasgow based artist Lucie Potter who worked in the gardens and surrounding park, creating sound walks with maps and commentary.

Samantha Donnelly is based in Manchester. She has created a series of architecturally based shapes that relate to the Japanese Gardens. Sam Clayton and Mark Jacobs are sculptors who have created a successful team. They created a body of work in response to the historic pleasure grounds of Tatton Park.

An important part of oneplace is the education and access programme that involves talks, workshops and mentoring as well as exhibitions, to allow greater access to the artists’ work processes and to support local people to make their own creative pieces.

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