National Trust, Peckover House and Garden, Wisbech

24 February – 18 November 2018

Our new commission for Peckover House opens on 24 February 2018 and runs throughout the 2018 season until November.

We spent much of 2017 delving into the archives at Peckover House in Wisbech and exploring the histories of both the Peckover and Penrose families. At first glance there would seem little that could connect the surrealist artist, Roland Penrose, to his Peckover aunts and grandfather and their strict Quaker lifestyle; but the archive reveals their shared love of art making, collecting objects and an interest in enlightenment through a greater understanding of the world around them.

Roland Penrose described in some detail the inspiration he took from his visits to Peckover House as a young boy and how the objects and books inspired his interest in art and later surrealism. Much of Lord Peckover’s collection of rare books and curios have long since been dispersed from Peckover House, but a clue to the variety of eclectic objects can be found in the small cabinet of curiosity that remains.

In the Drawing Room, we have created an installation of collages and sculptures that employs surrealist techniques to imagine a contemporary collection for Peckover House. This is not a fixed work but will continue to develop and change throughout 2018. We will be leading a number of workshops with the local community and making new artworks inspired by the themes explored in Transitions in Time and reworking the installation in the Drawing Room to reflect these.

Follow the project as it develops, on our website or via social media.

Thank you to Loukas Morely, Will Webster and Gareth Wild for the creative collaborations on this project.