23rd Oct, 2016

Picture yourself in Victorian style

Evesham Editorial 20th Feb, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

VALE residents are being invited to travel back in time to the Victorian era to snap some ‘selfies’ from the period at Croome Court.

Artist Lucy Hutchinson is inviting visitors to take a Victorian style ‘selfie’ or have a professional photo taken of themselves at the National Trust venue, near Pershore.

Working alongside the team at Croome, the Midlands based artist, said: “I feel that Croome will provide a fantastic backdrop to enhance my work, with the contrast between the architecture and the sets representing modern taste particularly interest me.

“A lot of the work explores the ideas of authenticity, status and the sets, that can help viewers to reinterpret and question these ideas.

“Croome will provide a different demographic of visitors who have already seen this piece at the Library of Birmingham and Leamington Spa, which will enhance the work”.

Miss Hutchinson created the exhibition inspired by the staged photography style of the Victorian middle class, the Carte-de-Visite.

The exhibition, funded by the Arts Council England and supported by the National Trust is called ‘I sell the shadow to save the substance’, and is a series focusing on the use of props, objects and scenery which combine to create an idealised persona; a similar feature of the Victorian era.

This is Miss Hutchinson’s second project working with Croome, her first being the successful design of two of the bird sculptures in the parkland, which was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The exhibition began on Monday (February 16) and will conclude on Thursday (February 26) where visitors can take their own ‘selfies’, by borrowing a specially provided ‘selfie-stick’.

Alternatively, visitors can also have a free 20 minute professional photo session with Miss Hutchinson on February 21 and 26, between 11am to 4pm.

For more information call 01905 371006 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croome

Visit www.lucyhutchinson.co.uk for more information about Miss Hutchinson’s work.