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Dalkeith Palace is set to open its doors for Art and Ornament (April 15 to 18)
An exhibition celebrating 300 years of Master Carver Grinling Gibbons
Art and Ornament is a collaboration with Master Carvers’ Association and friends, to commemorate and celebrate the legendary Baroque Master, Grinling Gibbons. The tercentenary of Grinling Gibbons, is an anniversary Master Carvers’ Association has chosen to mark with a demonstration of current practice that bring to life the legacy of Gibbons influence. Over 40 Artists and Makers from all over Britain will be exhibiting in Dalkeith Palace at this exclusive event.
Dalkeith Palace is the perfect setting for Art & Ornament given that Anna, 1st Duchess of Buccleuch, commissioned Gibbons to create several standout features within The Palace when she was re-visioning the existing Dalkeith Castle she had inherited from her forbears as a grand classical palace on a par with European palaces of the time. Gibbons’ work in Dalkeith Palace includes an impressive overmantel - Neptune Summoning Galatea – which will be on view for visitors to Art and Ornament.
The work of 40 artists inspired by Gibbons’ work will be on display at Art and Ornament with some works for sale. Artists include Conrad Lindley-Thomson, Gillian Forbes, Hugh Buchanan, Tim Wright, Simon Smith, Graciela Ainsworth and David Roberson.
Art and Ornament in Conversation on April 15, from 09.00 to 13.00, will also be held sharing and celebrating contemporary and historic perspectives in Gibbons’ tercentenary year. Speakers include Ian Gow, Graciela Ainsworth, Holly Trusted, Hugh Buchanan, Tim Wright, Crispin Powell and Hugh Wedderburn.
Situated just five miles from Edinburgh city centre Dalkeith Country Park, the 1,000-acre Estate which has been home to Dalkeith Palace since its construction in 1702, has been in the Buccleuch family for more than 300 years. It is home to Fort Douglas Adventure Playpark, a 1,000m2 playground of exceptional quality, and Restoration Yard, an award-winning Store, restaurant and Wellbeing Lab. The Park itself features waymarked cycling and walking routes and a regular programme of activities ensures there is plenty on offer for the entire family.
Fort Douglas is perfect for young adventurers and those young at heart, encouraging multi-generational play as adults can access all the equipment too. Entering via a bridge across the South Esk River, children can let their imaginations run wild as they explore Fort Douglas with its network of high-rise walkways, balance blocks, log walks, jungle climbers, jumping disks, climbing walls, balancing boards, suspended tyres, basket swings and tube slides. Sky Maze was added in 2019 and new toddler play area, Mini Maze, was created in 2020.
‘stupendous and beyond all description… the incomparable carving of our Gibbons, who is without controversy the greatest master both for innovation and rareness of work that the world ever had in any age’.