These exhibitions will be on show later in 2016:
Kate Whiteford: False Perspectives
18 June - 18 September
New work by internationally known artist Kate Whiteford,
commissioned by the Mercer Art Gallery to complement the Capability Brown tercentenary celebrations.
Whiteford explores the reality and the artifice of Brown’s work by transforming the gallery space with her large scale drawings of trees.
Also on show will be Whiteford’s watercolours related to Brown’s landscapes at Harewood and Compton Verney and the artist’s choice of works on paper from the Mercer’s collection.
Noble Prospects: Capability Brown and the Yorkshire Landscape
24 June to 11 September
A special exhibition to celebrate the tercentenary of the birth of
Lancelot 'Capability' Brown
(1716 - 1783), the leading landscape designer of the second half of the eighteenth century.
There are around 20 sites in Yorkshire associated with him, one of the greatest concentrations in the country. The landscape garden is recognised as one of Britain’s greatest artistic achievements and the designs of Brown and his contemporaries influenced gardens across the world.
This exhibition will feature portraits of Brown and his Yorkshire clients, original plans, drawings and documents by Brown, paintings of his creations and works of art that inspired his landscapes.
New research will inform the exhibition which will be accompanied by a book considering each of the landscapes and with specially-commissioned photography.
Photographer Simon Warner
has also been commissioned to make a film exploring Brown’s Yorkshire landscapes as they look today.