The last week in May the Orangery at Ingestre was fortunate to welcome a group of Staffordshire based artists to display an exhibition of beautifully crafted work in celebration of the country slowly, but surely ‘Moving into the Light’ and out of lockdown.
While the government’s announcement to delay a full reopening is surely disappointing, we can’t deny that we are indeed heading in the right direction. This event marked our reopening as well as testing community response to art exhibitions. It’s a big milestone for us, as we’ve showcased lovely artwork in the building before (who could forget the ‘About Face’ and ‘Transformation exhibits’?) but this is a first for welcoming people inside properly since lockdown.
We had a great response to the artwork presented by the artists from Gallery at 12 in Eccleshall, and can’t thank them enough for filling our special Orangery with a showcase of their talent.
As some of you may be aware the Orangery is currently in ‘project phase’ meaning we’re still relying on Heritage Lottery Fund grant money to keep us open, and still trying to figure out the correct balance of hosting workshops, community events, and hires that will generate enough money to be open for years to come.
‘Moving into the Light’ was a great springboard for us to support local artists and get some feedback about exhibiting art in our spaces. We hope you’ll follow along as we continue to test out some new and exciting art activities this year including: the launch of our first artists’ in residency, an audio poetry trail curated by the amazing Red Bucket Projects team, and even a special installation exhibition due to open at the end of August.
If art is your interest and you’re keen to see more of it in the Orangery, now is the time to tune-in and speak up! We’d love to hear from you and hope to see you soon.