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Celebrating 300 years of Chippendale

Celebrating 300 years of Chippendale

June 2018

On Thursday 7 June 2018, we opened the new exhibition 'Matching Patron and Maker' with the Master Carvers' Association. Featuring seven new music stands masterfully designed and made by members, the exhibition celebrates 300 years of Thomas Chippendale, Britain’s foremost furniture designer and maker.

Chippendale established his famous Covent Garden workshop in the 1750s, not far from where we are now based. His exceptional work continues to shape the identity of craft and design in the capital and beyond.

Like Chippendale’s furniture, the music stands are both functional and sculptural objects. They are shown alongside a selection of additional members carvings. 

During the exhibition, we hosted two evening viewings where guests enjoyed a recital from music troupe 'ArchiCantuor: Singing for the Architectural Heritage'. The recital included a chamber poem entitled 'Quartet' written by the acclaimed Dr Paul Munden. The recital commemorated the occasion by reflecting on the designs of the seven music stands, combining the themes of earth, water, fire and air with the muses and myths represented in the stands.

By popular demand, the exhibition dates have been extended to Friday 15 June 2018 at Luke Hughes. It then continues at the Ossowski Gallery, Burton Constable Hall and the Leeds International Festival. Find out more.

Click here to view all event photos.







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