Painting and Poetry: Creatives in Residence 2021Throughout 2021, we will invite a series of young writers and artists to join us for a digital residency, during which they will create new works inspired by Jane Austen's works, as well as her home, life and legacy. We'll share them here, each month. Check back throughout the year to see what they create!
We continue our Creatives in Residence programme by welcoming two exceptionally talented creatives – artist Molly Lambourn and poet Jade Cuttle – who join us for a three month digital residency from April – June.
In April, Jade and Molly created new works inspired by the vibrant green ‘Chawton Leaf’ wallpaper in the Dining Room, exploring the strange realities of a leaf-lined room. Jade’s poem draws out both sinister and idyllic resonances, whilst Molly’s artwork explores the intimacy of historical artefacts and ideas of romance, sexuality and scandal…
In the final month of their residency, Léna and Ellora looked to the House itself for inspiration, creating poems that explore Cassandra’s experience of living in the House, and a guided tour of the House today, and an artwork that takes a playful look at the House as a space for children.
In February, Léna and Ellora looked at Jane Austen’s teenage writings, her relationship with Cassandra and her love of country walks. They joined us for Love Fest, our Valentine’s Day ‘spectacular’, at which they premiered their new works and shared their process with us.
From January – March we are joined by Ellora Sutton and Léna Gibert. In their first few weeks they worked quickly to each create a new work for Pride and Prejudice Day on 28 January, and we couldn’t be more delighted with the results!
Ellora’s poem ‘I am Mr Darcy’ jumps off the page, full of the sort of wit and sparkle that we love in Austen’s own work. Léna also picked up her pen to examine Mr Darcy, and created a charming and funny series of illustrations that allow us to see the story from Mr Darcy’s point of view…
From January – March we are joined by Hampshire poet Ellora Sutton and French artist Léna Gibert, who will create their own new pieces and also work together to share ideas, stories, imagery and a love of Jane Austen!