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The Follies of Youth

Date uploaded: March 20, 2015

The Follies of Youth is a programme of historical research and contemporary art commissioning by Pavilion. Artists Giles Bailey, Amelia Crouch, and Ruth Lyons have produced work in response to three landscapes in West Yorkshire – Stapleton, Whitley Beaumont and Byram – listed in the account book of Lancelot “Capability” Brown (1716–83).

Supported by a collective of producers, nicknamed “the follies,” the artists have undertaken field trips to the ruinous and industrial landscapes. In an attempt to recover Brown’s lost designs, the artists have engaged the follies in rehearsing certain eighteenth century practices of Arcadian poetic fantasy, walking etiquette and lime kilning. The results of the exercises will be hosted by The Hepworth Wakefield in their new space The Calder, a former textile mill on the banks of the River Calder.

The Follies of Youth: A Pavilion Exhibition
The Calder at The Hepworth, Wakefield
2nd of April to the 31st of May 2015

Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday, from 12pm to 4.30pm
Free. Closed Mondays except for bank holidays and during local school holidays.

Late night: 16th of April, 5pm to 9pm. Drinks served.
From 5pm to 6pm the artists will be in conversation with Patrick Eyres, editor of The New Arcadian Journal.

At: The Calder, The Hepworth Wakefield, Gallery Walk, Wakefield, WF1 5AW

The Follies of Youth is a Pavilion exhibition presented in partnership with The Hepworth Wakefield. It is supported by Arts Council England, The Elephant Trust, Elliott's Estates, EU Culture Programme, Heritage Lottery Fund, J H McCLoy, Lumen, Safer Communities Fund.

For more information click here.

"Man Killed by a Snake" from Out of a Morass (2015) by Giles Bailey & The Follies of Youth