Stony castles, majestic pavilions, stately gatehouses and tranquil garden temples: The Landmark Trust sensitively restores historic buildings that are at risk of ruin and turns them into unique holiday homes. The majority of the charity’s properties are in the UK – a thatched cottage with whitewashed walls in a hidden Cornish hamlet is a personal favourite – but there are also a handful overseas. Third-floor apartment in Rome overlooking the Spanish Steps, anyone?
This summer the charity is trying something new: the week-long, contemporary-art exhibition Inspiring Landmarks will be on display at the Old Truman Brewery in London’s Spitalfields until 4 July. The aim? To explore the ways in which these town and country stop-ins – free from the distractions of modern life (don’t go expecting a TV, telephone or wifi) – inspire art.
Hanging on the white walls of the industrial space are the works of artists Kurt Jackson and Ed Kluz and ceramicist Prue Cooper, all of whom are long-time Landmarkers. Kluz’s prints reimagine outlandish and overlooked historic buildings, while Cooper’s homely ceramics pair jovial characters and structures with lyrical inscriptions. Meanwhile, Jackson’s mixed-media paintings of Landmark properties in leafy Cornish landscapes are so full of texture that you can almost feel the wind whistling through the sycamore trees.
All of the works are for sale and 30 per cent of the profits go to the Landmark Trust. See the accompanying programme of talks and debates here.
Until 4 July.
8 Dray Walk, The Old Truman Brewery, London, E1 6QL.