Works by Turner Prize nominee Lucy Skaer will form the 2013 contribution to Mount Stuart’s contemporary visual arts programme.
Skaer, who studied at the Glasgow School of Art from 1993 to 1997 and has recently returned to live in the city, will create not one piece but a sequence of site-specific works that will be placed in various rooms in the house: the Marble Hall, the conservatory, the drawing room, the library and the Marble Chapel.
Taking the neo-gothic architecture of Mount Stuart as an invitation to extend it and respond to it, Skaer’s work comprises a series of sculptural interventions that grow from the visual language of the house and will talk to it, connecting the materials, gestures and forms of the house and improvising a contemporary dialogue with it.
Skaer featured in the visual arts programme at Mount Stuart in 2012, when a 16mm short film she created on St Kilda and in Mount Stuart in collaboration with the late dancer and choreographer Gill Clarke was exhibited in the house along with works by Nina Danino, Kate Davis and Ian Bourn.
The project will be Skaer’s first solo exhibition in Scotland since her nomination for the Turner Prize and exhibition at Tate Britain in 2009.
The Mount Stuart exhibition opens on Sunday June 23, when Skaer herself will talk about her work at 3pm, and runs until the end of the 2013 visitor season, on Thursday, October 31.