A new art exhibition is opening at Beningbrough Hall – inspired by the Italian influence on the historic house.
The exhibition will bring together the work of Kate Somervell, a Yorkshire based landscape photographer, and Giovanni Battista Piranesi, an eighteenth-century Italian artist.
It will explore the romance and reality of Italy as well as the Italian influence on Beningbrough’s architecture.
Inspired by Italy will be on display at Beningbrough from 16 September 2023 to 17 March 2024.
Kate Somervell said “Initially, I had no idea how many parallels there would be to discover in rhythm, materials, design, and architectural elements that would echo from Venice to Beningbrough. A true journey of discovery.”
Visitors to the exhibition will be able to watch an introductory film that links historical Italian influences with the black and white photographs of modern-day Italy and Beningbrough, alongside ongoing garden developments.
Other hands-on elements include the reading of a letter from a former Beningbrough resident from Rome in the 1770s and a chance to build your own structures inspired by the architecture.
Beningbrough Hall recently re-opened this summer – after a programme of work closed it for nearly two years. The entire house was emptied to allow for a full re-wire, fire compartmentalisation, stabilisation works and new LED lighting throughout.
The exhibition will be displayed in the first-floor art gallery space, which has recently been named The Reddihough Galleries, in honour of the late Mr Ian Reddihough – who was a proud Yorkshireman and avid supporter of Beningbrough Hall.
Inspired by Italy will be the first exhibition in The Reddihough Galleries.
To find out more and to plan your visit to Beningbrough, visit their website here.
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