Sunday, 12 October 2014

Art Happens The Dan Pearson and William Morris Meadow

Compton Verney Art Gallery successfully raises funds from the public to realise landscape designer Dan Pearson’s project
Compton Verney announced on Friday 3 October 2014 that it successfully raised £10,437 to fund a new commission by leading landscape designer Dan Pearson which will transform their West lawn into a wild-flower meadow mown with a William Morris design.  The project is part of Compton Verney’s summer 2015 exhibition The Arts & Crafts House, which will be on show from Saturday 27 June to Sunday 13 September 2015 and will also have a lasting legacy on the site by reintroducing wild flowers which will help sustain and improve the habitat for wildlife now and for years to come.
The gallery has worked in partnership with the Art Fund to raise the funds for the project through a crowd-funding platform, housed within the Art Fund website.  The gallery managed to raise 102% of its target of £10,250, in the end totalling £10,437 from 177 funders. This money was vitally needed to make the project happen and donations soared during the last week of crowd-funding.
The next steps for the project will be to start preparing the ground as soon as the soil and weather conditions are suitable. Initially this will involve harrowing the surface to create a suitable seed bed, followed by sowing of a specialised mix of native wild flowers that have been chosen to suit the soil conditions. 
Curator Antonia Harrison said “We are delighted to announce that the project has been funded.  A huge thank you to everyone who has donated, we are grateful for the support and interest that we have received from the public around this project.  We cannot wait to start work on the meadow in the very near future.”  
Dan Pearson, who is currently working on the landscaping and planting for the Thomas Heatherwick-designed Garden Bridge that will cross London’s River Thames, will be the first garden designer to have worked on the grounds at Compton Verney since Lancelot Capability Brown in the 18th century.  On raising the funds for the project he said “I am really looking forward to seeing the  iconic William Morris wallpaper design as a mown parterre in the West lawn meadow.  This will be a truly immersive experience which visitors to the exhibition can view from the galleries above and by those exploring the park weaving their way through the parterre at ground level.”

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