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Artist in Residence Grants, Ms Alison Darby
University of Birmingham
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After Ruskin; Winterbourne revisited 

The Japanese Bridge and Rhododendron walk in Winterbourne’s seven acre garden.
The Edwardian Drawing room at Winterbourne, now an exhibition room.

Winterbourne House and Garden are the delighted recipients of a Leverhulme grant to support the work of artist Sara Haywood who will be producing a body of work inspired by the English Edwardian home. Winterbourne, owned by the University of Birmingham, regularly collaborates with artists and craftspeople working in a variety of media. As an Arts and Crafts property the organisation’s ethos remains true to the original values of the Nettlefold family who commissioned the property in 1903. Today, as well as celebrating the historic fabric of the house and its seven acre garden, both independently listed as fine examples of an Arts and Crafts suburban villa and garden, the property plays host to a small gallery and heritage printing press open to visitors on a daily basis. 

Working for two days a week over a ten-month period, Sara will investigate the detail, motifs, spatial aspects and colour of designers such as William Morris and Charles Voysey. Offering colour and interest throughout the year, the garden will provide inspiration for Sara to look at the relationship between the indoor and outdoor space and the ideas behind Margaret Nettlefold’s garden design. Outside she will explore and document the botanic garden, responding to displays of plants from around the globe. A series of paintings and prints will develop from her body of research work culminating in an exhibition, “After Ruskin; Winterbourne revisited”.

Further information about Winterbourne House and Garden may be found at www.winterbourne.org.uk

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