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Alex Hartley - Façade

Meadow Arts commission 2019 for In Ruins

Tim Etchells - Everything is Lost

Steel letters, wire and box frame, 2018. Courtesy the artist, VITRINE and Edwin Faeh. Photo Stefan Handy.

Jack Evans - Capital

Fibreglass, household gloss, 2018. Courtesy the artist. Photo Stefan Handy.

Ellen Harvey - The Disappointed Tourist Shop, 2019

Postcards, postcard holders. Courtesy the artist and Meessen De Clercq Gallery.

Holly Hendry - Take Good Care of My Baby

Plaster, pigment, baby lotion, 2014. Courtesy the artist. Photo Stefan Handy.

Amelie Labourette - Empire of Dust

Photographs. Courtesy Galerie Thierry Bigaignon.

In Ruins

12 July – 3 November 2019

Witley Court, Great Witley, Worcestershire WR6 6JT

In partnership with English Heritage, Meadow Arts presents In Ruins – an ambitious art exhibition in the extraordinary ruins of Witley Court in Worcestershire, focusing on our enduring attraction to ruins and how they are still relevant today.

Contemporary artworks will inhabit the grounds and ruined mansion, including new monumental sculptures by Alex Hartley, as well as stunning photographs by Marchand & Meffre, Amelie Labourdette and Stuart Whipps. There will be further sculptures from Tim Etchells, Holly Hendry and Jack Evans, postcards by Ellen Harvey and a disused Woolworth’s shopfront by Matthew Darbyshire.

Artists have explored ruins for hundreds of years, fascinated by their potency as emblems of the passing of time. Our collective relationship and fascination with ruins can potentially lead to a misplaced nostalgia and rose-tinted view of the past, obscuring the fact that we are constantly creating new sets of ruins and that we should embrace these as well. Like a time machine, each ruin was once someone’s future; in this way, ruins foretell our own destinies.

In Ruins is an exhibition curated and produced by Meadow Arts, delivered in partnership with English Heritage, supported by Arts Council England.


Living Ruins

Artworks from 18c to the contemporary

26 September – 30 November 2019

Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum

From September, Living Ruins, an exhibition co-curated by Worcester City Art Gallery and Meadow Arts will explore ruins depicted in art from the 18th Century to the contemporary, alongside important and rarely seen artworks from Worcester Museum’s own treasured collection. A series of exciting contemporary works on loan from The Tate Collection will explore our fascination with what has passed but survive as Living Ruins.




Witley Court
Worcester Road
Great Witley
0370 333 1181

Open every day until 30 Sept 10am - 6pm (and from 1 Oct 10am - 5pm)

Click here for venue information on facilities, accessibility and directions.

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