A Grade ll listed house with extensive landscaped gardens, gifted for the use and enjoyment of the people by Henry Charles 'Inky' Stephens of the Stephens' Ink Company.

Winter Season Artist in Residence

Installation Artist - Julia Maddison

Julia's work deals with lies, longing, memory, sickness and sex.

Collecting discarded objects and the flotsam of forgotten lives, she reworks and rearranges them, slowly piecing together a museum of domestic misery and secrets; creating new narratives from untold and misremembered stories. Her artistic practice revolves around the themes of memory and personal histories.

The themes of Stephens House, its various incarnations and its proximity to where some of Julia’s earliest childhood memories were formed, will be explored through the use of installation, drawing and small scale sculpture. Working in the basement space which has a very particular atmosphere, almost like a stage set, she plans to "stage" work suggested by the underground, cell-like structure, its hidden tunnel, and its former use as a hospital. 

"Maddison's work is so elegantly explicit; these are images that may sit or stand or lie in plain sight, but pierce the skin and twist the root just where purity and sin bargain for sanity."  Julian Firth

You can meet Julia and view her work in progress on our next open Sunday February 12th

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