Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, West Sussex, has commissioned contemporary artist Bouke de Vries to produce a new ceramic installation to mark the 300th anniversary of Pallant House.
Built in 1712 by Henry and Elizabeth Peckham, the Queen Anne, Grade 1-listed townhouse adjoins the contemporary wing which was designed by Long & Kentish architects in association with Colin St John Wilson when it reopened to the public together as Pallant House Gallery in 2006.
Bouke de Vries' installation will be in the eighteenth century stairwell and is to be constructed from the Gallery's Geoffrey Freeman Collection of Bow porcelain.
The Collection is the most comprehensive record of the output of the Bow factory, which was originally situated in East London, on the site of the 2012 London Olympic Park. It consists of over 300 key examples produced between the years 1747 and 1776.
Bouke de Vries says: ‘It is very exciting to be invited to create a site-specific installation in Chichester's brilliant Pallant House Gallery - to celebrate both this Olympic year and the 300th anniversary of Pallant House itself.'
He continues: ‘The iconic Bow Factory left an amazing legacy in British ceramic heritage and the celebrated Geoffrey Freeman collection of Bow china, which is held at Pallant House, is one of the world's most important collections of early English porcelain ware. The plan is to create a visual display in the stairwell of Pallant House in the tradition of 17th/18th century ceramic displays in a contemporary update of the style of Daniel Marot.'
Stefan van Raay, Director of Pallant House Gallery says: ‘Bouke de Vries work presents a very contemporary edge to the historic materials and artefacts he works with. His training as a ceramicist conservator at West Dean College and his independent work are the perfect combination to create a contemporary artists' take on one of our historic collections.'
De Vries joins the line-up of contemporary artists commissioned to produce a work for the stairwell which have also included Susie MacMurray (Shell, 20006), Spencer Finch (The Evening Star, 2010), and Nina Saunders (Autumn Flowers, 2008).
The new work will be unveiled on 7 July and will be a key part of the 300th anniversary celebrations