David Bethell: Inverted Landscapes: Camera Obscura

David Bethell has been commissioned by GRAIN Projects to create a unique camera obscura for Ilam Park in the Peak District.

Inverted Landscapes: Camera Obscure will take place at Ilam Park, Ilam Holy Cross, Near Asshbourn in Staffordshire and will be in-situ from 14 – 22 April 2018.

Ilam Park is a 158-acre country park situated in Ilam, on both banks of the River Manifold five miles north west of Ashbourne, and is owned and managed by the National Trust. The estate includes the remains of Ilam Hall, built in the 1820s. Nearby, within the village, a Saxon church stands which houses the shrine of a Mercian king. Most significant is the beautiful landscape, an area of outstanding natural beauty, including Bunster hill just beyond the church and the magnificent example of a picturesque landscape in the foreground.

It is the church that forms the basis and design for Bethell’s site specific large-scale work which functions as a camera obscura. Visitors will be able to engage and experience the surroundings as an inverted landscape from within the installation. The commission will capture the immense beauty of the surrounding landscape from its position.

For more information on Ilam Park, how to get there and parking arrangements visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ilam-park-dovedale-and-the-white-peak

The Project is supported by Arts Council England, The National Trust and the University of Birmingham.

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