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6th September 2010

Local Artists’ Residency celebrated

The first Artists in Residence Exhibition at the unique, historical venue of the Luton Hoo Walled Garden takes place from 10th – 12th September as part of Herts Open Studios.   In the special setting of the walled garden, nine artists respond to the site with contemporary site specific art, producing work in video, installation, photography, print-making, ceramic, Mixed Media 2D/3D.

Nine local artists have successfully completed the first year of an artists’ residency programme at Luton Hoo Walled Garden. Although the Estate has a long association with the arts this is the first time a residency programme has been undertaken with the aim of supporting local artists and giving them the opportunity to use the unique history and heritage of the walled garden to inspire their work.

‘Artists’ residency opportunities in this area are very rare, which is a great shame as an artist gets the opportunity to really concentrate on a particular theme or area of work and develop a relationship with a site’ commented Charlotte Phillips, Project Coordinator at the Luton Hoo Walled Garden.

The Artists in Residence show also coincides with Heritage Open Days, England’s biggest voluntary cultural event. The Walled Garden is organising a special programme of activities over the weekend, with each day having a particular theme. Friday is research open day, with the extensive and fascinating project archives on show. On Saturday, artists open day, artists are invited to make themselves at home in the garden to sketch, paint or photograph; and finally Sunday is the family open day with living crafts and activities for children.

The garden will be open on Friday 10th from 10am – 3pm and on Saturday and Sunday will be open from 11am – 5pm. For more information call 01582 721443, e-mail or see

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Editorial information: Charlotte Phillips, 01582 721443. (For editorial use only: mobile: 07956 823839)

The Luton Hoo Walled Garden was established by John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, in the late 1760s. A noted botanist and friend to George III, his garden at Luton Hoo was second only to the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. As the estate evolved under new owners and management, the garden changed to match the fashions in horticulture of the 19th and 20th centuries, only to fall into decline from the 1980s onwards. The garden is now the focus of a fascinating restoration project which will revive the garden and repair its structures for the enjoyment of future generations.

** The Luton Hoo Walled Garden is entirely separate from the Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf and Spa **