Camera Obscura by David Bethell
Ilam Park, Ilam Holy Cross, near Ashbourne, Staffordshire Moorlands
The work will be in-situ 14 – 22 April 2018
Artist David Bethell is inspired by the rural landscape and natural environment. He frequently uses performance, film and photography in his work to animate his installations and sculptures within the location and to explore a narrative. GRAIN Projects has commissioned David to create a unique camera obscura for Ilam Park in the Peak District, inspired by the landscape and heritage there and in collaboration with the National Trust.
Ilam Park is a 158-acre country park situated in Ilam, on both banks of the River Manifold five miles north west of Ashbourne, and is owned and managed by the National Trust. The estate includes the remains of Ilam Hall, built in the 1820s. Nearby, within the village, a Saxon church stands which houses the shrine of a Mercian king. Most significant is the beautiful landscape, an area of outstanding natural beauty, including Bunster hill just beyond the church and the magnificent example of a picturesque landscape in the foreground.
It is the church that forms the basis and design for David Bethell’s site specific largescale work which functions as a camera obscura. Visitors will be able to engage and experience the surroundings as an inverted landscape from within the installation. The commission will capture the immense beauty of the surrounding landscape from its position.
For more information on Ilam Park, how to get there and parking arrangements visit; https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ilam-park-dovedale-and-the-white-peak
For more information on David Bethell http://davidbethell.com/