Art installations at Woolsthorpe Manor and Grimsthorpe Castle

Grimsthorpe Castle Promo for art exhibition Names: John Plowman with Estate Manager Ray Briggs
Grimsthorpe Castle Promo for art exhibition Names: John Plowman with Estate Manager Ray Briggs
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ARTWORK has been installed at Grimsthorpe Castle as part of a county-wide exhibition at historic houses.

The 2012 Compass exhibition, which runs from October 6-28, has been organised as part of an art project set up by Wellingore-based visual arts organisation Beacon.

They have commissioned four artists - Bethan Huws, Jem Finer, Jordan Baseman and Amanda Coogan - working in film, text, installation performance and sound to produce new site-specific pieces to be situated in three very different stately homes; the National Trust’s Woolsthorpe Manor, South Holland District Council’s Ayscoughfee Hall Museum and the privately-owned Grimsthorpe Castle.

At Ayscoughfee Hall, last year’s Artist of the Week for the Guardian, Bethan Huws’ soundwork is among the garden topiary, a homage to the resident gardener who created surreal sculptures from the ancient yew trees. Performance artist Amanda Coogan has studied at many art institutions and has exhibited work in Europe and America. She will be working with seven emerging performance artists to create a piece that will also take place in the gardens of Ayscoughfee Hall.

Jem Finer is a well-respected visual artist with works shown at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Trinity Buoy Wharf, London. He will be showcasing his caravan-come-flight simulator, !Arriba!, where the only limits in this twee caravan are the imagination.

Jordan Baseman is an award-winning film maker who has had solo shows of his films at Baltic, Los Angeles Animation Festival and Melbourne Underground Film Festival. His work is inspired by his previous work with a group of local ghost hunters, as he interviews the leading ghost hunter and trance medium from the local area.

Coach excursions have been arranged to give people the chance to see all art installations.

For more information on excursions, and to book tickets, visit