My exhibition, The Year in a Garden: Cyanotypes of the Flora of Burton Agnes Hall is now open until 31st July 2021. The exhibition consists of 72 original cyanotype prints created using botanical specimens that I collected from the walled gardens at the hall. It's the culmination of a year long collaboration between May 2019 and March 2020 and should have opened in May 2020. The work has been in storage for over a year until we could finally go ahead.
Each plant, leaf or flower was selected from the garden and brought back home to my studio in North Yorkshire in my botanical plant press. The cyanotypes were created in my own garden all of them were made using the sun for the exposures.
I've tried to capture an essence of the wonderful gardens throughout the seasons. There are traditional and wet cyanotypes on display and a series of multiple exposure cyanotypes which really capture the sense of light reflecting off leaves and shadows cast by them.
I'm absolutely thrilled by the final display and it's amazing to see the range of colours and textures created by the wet cyanotype process in particular.
I made over 200 cyanotypes and trying to choose just 72 was difficult. Working out a hanging plan was very challenging as I don't have a room the size of the Garden Gallery where they are on display! Sixty seven of the prints are hanging on the main wall and five more are on other walls in traditional oak frames. All of them are available to purchase from the Hall during the exhibition.
I have received an enormous amount of help from Peter, the carpenter at the Hall. I came up with the idea of hanging the prints using battens and he created an entire framework and cut the timber battens before we arrived. He made a jig so that all of the prints could be inserted into the battens in exactly the same way to ensure that they hang perfectly level. Each print has salvage strips attached to the top and bottom of the print and these strips are sandwiched between the timber battens which are fixed together by screws from behind.
I am absolutely thrilled with the way it looks and it has been a great privilege to have had the opportunity to create the work and exhibit at the hall.
The Hall and Gardens are open to the public from 11am - 5pm daily and tickets must be booked in advance from their website.
All of the work from the exhibition is available to purchase from the Hall and online from their website.
The gardens are looking stunning right now and if you are able to visit it is a wonderful place for a day out!