Enjoy code: 997948
Target groups
Elderly, Adult, Youth
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19/05 2024 10:00am
English Heritage: Belsay Castle, Hall and Gardens Belsay Hall Lodge NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
Provided by The List


There is Light in the Fissures is a new exhibition at Belsay Hall. In partnership with Newcastle University, the works have been created by English Heritage’s first visual art fellow and 2022 Turner Prize nominee, Ingrid Pollard MBE. She has created a series of installations, taking inspiration from the historic grounds and buildings. Look out for pieces throughout the hall and Quarry Gardens.

Ingrid’s works explore the landscape and natural materials which Belsay is made of and aim to bring the outside in. In the Pillar Hall, you’ll see a piece of sandstone dramatically suspended with ropes. Whilst in the library there is an installation made of slate and another made of logs in the dining room. Head upstairs and spot some of Belsay’s iconic trees printed onto voiles. Notice intricately designed paper fragments, inspired by the Wild Man, covering torn wallpaper too.

Keep your eyes peeled for intriguing mirrors hidden in plain sight in the Quarry Garden. These reflective surfaces might catch you unexpectedly, but as the seasons change and the foliage starts to grow up around them, they will also become slightly obscured. You may catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirrors, becoming a part of the gardens.