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Katherine Swift and Maureen Cooper in Conversation

March 1

Gardener and writer Katherine Swift and artist Maureen Cooper discuss their shared sources of inspiration.

In particular they will explore the idea of layers in both picture-making and garden-making — the layers of different media in the making of Maureen’s artworks (paint, ink, pastel etc., applied over garden plans, polaroids, transfer prints and photographs) and the layers of geology, liturgy, local history, art and archaeology which were the inspiration for Katherine in making the garden at Morville and in writing The Morville Hours (published in 2008).

Common to both Katherine’s and Maureen’s way of working is the accommodation of layers of varied emotional response; these include not only the response of the creators themselves over often quite long gestation periods, but also those of viewers — whether people who visit the garden over time, through the seasons and in different weathers, or re-read the book, or those who view Maureen’s artworks, which are based on her own repeated visits to the garden over a period of four years.  The idea of layers superceding plot is fundamental to Katherine’s latest book, A Rose for Morville (forthcoming), and she and Maureen will discuss this, and Maureen’s plans for new work about the garden.

Private View of Exhibition and Drinks Reception: 6pm

Discussion: 7pm

Tickets £10 – booking essential

To book please contact the Curatorial and Learning Administrator on 01952 852 130 or email julieanne@weston-park.com

(photo credit: Beverley Fry)


March 1
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