‘Landscapes at Noon’ – new exhibition celebrates 200th anniversary of Constable’s ‘The Hay Wain’

Written by Fenners

On October 30, 2021


‘Landscapes at Noon’, a new exhibition of experimental photography by Digswell Arts fellow Liz Harrington and artist Laurence Harding has opened in the Granary building at the National Trust, Flatford, Suffolk.

It is the culmination of a commission by the Essex Cultural Diversity Project in partnership with the National Trust, and supported by Arts Council England, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of John Constable’s ‘The Hay Wain’.

During their three month residency based in the Granary building at Flatford, photographic artists Laurence Harding and Liz Harrington have used experimental analogue, cameraless and 19th century photographic processes to create a large scale cyanotype installation on silk, inspired by ‘The Hay Wain’ view today. Also on show are some smaller studies including pinholes, lumen and salt prints inspired by Constable and the surrounding landscape at Flatford. The works investigate themes of light and shadow, and reflect on memory, time and the spirit of place. 

As part of the commission the artists also ran a series of pop up cyanotype making activities over the summer and invited visitors to collaborate in the making of some of the works, including the large scale cyanotype installation on display.

The exhibition is open 11am-3pm, everyday between 23rd and 31st October, and weekends to 21st November.

For more information see:

ITV Anglia News feature   https://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2021-10-22/exhibition-celebrating-the-200th-anniversary-of-the-hay-wain-opens-at-flatford

National Trust Flatford website   https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/flatford/features/hay-wain-200-a-bigger-canvas

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