Designer Lonsdale inspires Bute art week

Achievement Bute's 'Lonsdale Through The Looking Glass' activity week is taking place at Mount Stuart from August 3-7.
Achievement Bute's 'Lonsdale Through The Looking Glass' activity week is taking place at Mount Stuart from August 3-7.

The artist and designer behind some of Mount Stuart’s most stunning decorative features is providing the inspiration for a week-long art project involving children from Bute.

‘Lonsdale Through The Looking Glass’ is inspired by the work of Horatio Walter Lonsdale (1844-1919), whose stained glass windows, wall murals and ceilings can be found throughout the spectacular Victorian Gothic mansion

It’s the latest instalment in local charity Achievement Bute’s series of week-long summer holiday activities for the island’s young people.

Under the guidance of local art teacher Jane Catlin, the younger children taking part in the week’s activities are trying their hand at weaving, gilding, marbling and book-binding and other craft techniques.

Older children, meanwhile, are creating contemporary works of art of their own which will be unveiled in Mount Stuart’s Marble Hall at 4pm on Friday, August 7 - and which will remain on show for the rest of Mount Stuart’s summer season.

“There’s no Contemporary Visual Art Programme at Mount Stuart this year,” Jane said, “so we suggested the children should be this year’s contemporary artists, and Mount Stuart were delighted to work with us.”

* For more from the week’s activities, see the August 14 issue of The Buteman.