'Vanbrugh Croquet' is an architectural outdoor art inspired by Vanbrugh's architecture of Seaton Delaval Hall. The commission for The North East Emerging Artist Prize was exhibited in the grounds of the National Trust at Seaton Delaval Hall.
Vanbrugh Croquet is an outdoor game for all ages which is simple and fun to play. The game involves hitting wooden balls with a mallet through a series of architectural ‘hoops’ that are inspired by Sir John Vanbrugh’s Seaton Delaval Hall architectural models. Vanbrugh Croquet was located on the lawn where the South East wing of Seaton Delaval Hall stood before being destroyed by the great fire. The layout of the game recreated this lost architecture in a miniaturised and interactive artwork. The architectural artworks were constructed using digital fabrication from sustainable wood materials and finished using a colourful palette. The work was exhibited for the NE Emerging Artists Prize and was a great success for public engagement. The National Trust Seaton Delaval Hall re-exhibited the pieces for The Summer of Play 2023 and will be re-exhibiting for The Summer of Play 2024 due to the postive public response.
The prize really builds on that rich historical tradition the Hall and its family have of supporting artists from a variety of disciplines, including painting, theatre and writing. Seaton Delaval Hall became a place of drama, theatricality and extreme playfulness. We want to continue to encourage that spirit and artistic expression in the region with the North East Emerging Artist Prize.
Emma Thomas, Seaton Delaval Hall General Manager
VANBRUGH CROQUET, 2023, Cabinet of Curiosity Studio, outdoor art commission
Photos: The House of Hues Photography and Edmond Salter
25 May - 11 June 2023, 24 July - 3 September 2023, July - September 2024