The Echoing Space:
An artist residency and exhibition at Leith Hill Place, Surrey
Penny Green, Mary Branson and Julie Hoyle

The National Trust owned property, Leith Hill Place and its estate are entering a period of trials to assess the best use for its future, focusing on a creative approach this year with Surrey artists Mary Branson, Penny Green and Julie Hoyle.
The artists plan to conduct a residency and exhibition with a creative and investigative purpose of celebrating the connections and activities of Ralph Vaughan Williams, the Wedgwood family and Charles Darwin as past residents of and visitors to the house.
Research will be based at Leith Hill Place but will take the artists on visits to related archives and the wider community, aiming to collect source material in reference to these famous families and to look for clues to the lost artefacts and treasures the house once contained
As the house is devoid of contents the research will inform the work for an exhibition in May and June. Planned for an exciting show so far is: a stairwell ascending installation, inspired by the colours of Wedgwood's Jasper Ware in ceramics depicting today's plight of the skylark and its decline in population; a sound installation filling the house with inter-generational voices singing the songs of folk long past and a living land installation and a set of Darwin’s worm prints, all set in the atmospheric house at Leith Hill with uninterrupted, panoramic views of the surrounding area and miles beyond.
Throughout the residency they intend to bring new people to the house through bespoke site-specific workshops, a mentoring programme, artists' talks and 'drop in/have a go' demonstrations and to make and show their work in ceramic, print and installation for a wider and deeper consideration of Leith Hill House and its past creative geniuses.
‘The Echoing Space’ Leith Hill Place May – 1st July 2018.
For information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/leith-hill-place