Lecture: 'The Artist and Garden' by Christopher Woodward
- The Warehouse Theatre |
In this illustrated lecture Christopher Woodward, director of The Garden
Museum will trace the story of gardening in Britain through works of art.
The talk will begin in the Elizabethan period, when tattered old plans give us
our first elusive glimpses of lost gardens. In the 18th
century Picturesque painters not only changed how we see the British
landscape but designed gardens to look like their pictures. We look at
Victorian and Edwardian gardens through popular images: postcards and
printed books and then the phenomenon of Country Life. In the 20th century
the focus will be on gardens created by artists, from Cedric Morris and John
Nash to Ian Hamilton Finlay and Derek Jarman. Finally, there are the
artefacts which have come to symbolise great designers – from William Robinson’s
cloak to Gertrude Jekyll’s muddy old boots.
Christopher Woodward was appointed Director of the Museum of Garden History
in September 2006. He was previously Director of the Holburne Museum of
Art in Bath and a trustee of the Building of Bath Museum and worked as Assistant
Curator at the Sir John Soane’s Museum in London. He is the author of the
book ‘In Ruins’.
Ilminster Somerset TA19 1AD