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Art show adds colour to historic house

Mirrored pyramids and an eruption of multi-coloured balls are among the playful artworks created around a 300 year-old stately home.

Newhailes House will host a range of work by students, staff members and graduates from Edinburgh College of Art .

The show runs from 7 April - 30 October.

In partnership with the National Trust for Scotland, ECA artists have carefully researched the building and its history.

They will draw inspiration from its colour palette, inscriptions, existing paintings and the lives of previous residents.

Exhibition: Allied Antagonists

Allied Antagonists is open to view by guided tour at Newhailes House Thursday to Monday from 12.30-3.30pm every day from 7 April - 30 October, and seven days a week in July and August.

Tours can be booked via the Newhailes House website or telephone: 0131 653 5599.

Tickets are free for NTS members and between £9 and £12.50 for the general public.

Newhailes website

Modern artworks

Sculpture student Rachel McLennan’s mirror-clad pyramids will be placed throughout the house to represent traditional hierarchies in stately homes.

Student Katie Strachan’s work gives the illusion that a colourful ball pit has spilled into the formal setting.

A T. Rex skeleton created by Kenny Hunter, Director of the ECA Sculpture Programme, has been made in a deliberately unthreatening pose - its prehistoric menace diminished by extinction.

Stories to inspire

The imaginative insights these artists have brought to Newhailes have allowed us reflect more fully on what we hold in trust for the people of Scotland.

Mark McLeanThe National Trust for Scotland Learning Officer

A number of artists have been inspired by people that once inhabited the historic building.

Student Anna Vesaluoma’s decorative screen depicts scenes of servants working.

David Moore, ECA tutor, and artist Kate Davis were inspired by former Lady of the Manor, Christian Dalrymple.

In 1792, she was one of the few women to inherit a whole estate in her own right, yet there are no known portraits of Miss Dalrymple. She allegedly thought herself unattractive. Only a silhouette survives.

David and Kate have created three life-size silhouettes of her and placed them around the house’s exterior to give the impression that Miss Dalrymple is gazing out at visitors.

Dashes of colour and pattern

Student Jessica Gasson’s artwork is also situated on the grounds. Her huge lawn stencil - drawn with paint used to line football fields - mirrors decorative patterns from inside Newhailes House.

Jo Edwardson’s yellow egg-shaped sculpture provides a flash of neon in the dressing room.

Meanwhile, Keiran Mitchell’s piece plays with the idea of collecting in Newhailes’ now empty library - once home to one of the UK’s largest private book collection - which he has partially substituted with plants and bottles.

Further artworks on show include modern portraits painted on aluminium by student Lana Svirejeva and an interactive audio tour by recent ECA graduate, David Haslam.

I am delighted with the wide variety and high quality of work our students from the School of Art have produced. This productive partnership with National Trust Scotland has given us the unique opportunity to create site-specific work within a remarkable space – left largely untouched since the family left. It’s highly decorative surfaces and fixtures are a complete contrast from the minimalist white cube setting we are used to working in.”

Kenny HunterProject manager and ECA Director of the Sculpture Programme

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