When: 29th July – 29th October 2017
Where: Little Moreton Hall, Congleton, Cheshire
£: Admission costs £10 for adults, £5 for children, and £25.00 for a family. National Trust members go free
What is it?
Little Moreton Hall, the National Trust property in Cheshire, is spending the summer looking at our sleeping habits, more specifically, those of the Tudors. As part of this study there will be a brand-new site-specific work from composer and artist Robin Rimbaud, also known as Scanner.
The Dreamer is Still Asleep opens on Friday 28th July and promises to be an experience for the senses, in particular smell and sound. Taking place in, according to Scanner “an extraordinary space… a small secluded garden area”, the work will encourage the viewer to look out at the landscape whilst experiencing the slightly fuzzy background noises of a Tudor household as it emerges from a sleep state. A scented card will also be given to visitors so they can enjoy a delicate smell of lavender; a scent associated, even back then, as an aid to sleep.
Scanner’s hope with this work is that it will let the viewer’s imagination drift away, allowing them to engage more directly with the landscape and place themselves in the time between sleeping and waking, that unsure, blurred time where the world looks a little out of focus, cinematic almost.
Taking place in the gardens at Little Moreton Hall, visitors will be encouraged to imagine themselves part of the Tudor household as the constructed sounds and smells of life 500 years ago envelops their senses.
The Dreamer is Still Asleep is part of Little Moreton Hall’s 2017 ‘How We Used to Sleep’ programme; a study into the sleeping habits of the Tudors, how they compare to those of the 21st century, and the effects of sleep on mental health and well-being.
This summer, National Trust properties across the country will be showcasing specially commissioned contemporary art exhibitions, installations and residencies as part of the Trust New Art programme.
Stimulating the senses, the 2017 programme, sees artists across the country using different elements of sight, smell or sound to create a range of site-specific works to offer visitors a new way of discovering the stories behind the Trust’s historic places.
In addition to the installation at Little Moreton Hall, there will be Look! Look! Look!, a striking sculptural pavilion created by internationally renowned artists Heather and Ivan Morison, at Berrington Hall in Herefordshire. The eight-metre-tall by eight-metre-wide pink structure will inhabit the walled garden at the Georgian mansion; highlighting the importance of this piece of ‘living history’ as the final masterpiece by iconic Georgian landscape designer Capability Brown.
Created to delight and engage visitors through contemporary arts, Trust New Art projects are developed in partnership with Arts Council England, making new works by established and emerging artists available in unique and historic settings.
More info: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/little-moreton-hall