Duke unveils striking art

New season opening at Chatsworth. The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire with artist Michael Craig Martin and his work of 12 large-scale sculptures in the gardens of Chatsworth
New season opening at Chatsworth. The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire with artist Michael Craig Martin and his work of 12 large-scale sculptures in the gardens of Chatsworth
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Everyday objects turned into vibrant works of art are dominating the stunning gardens of Chatsworth House.

Large sculptures of a wheelbarrow, high heeled shoe and umbrellas – created from steel and painted in a bold hue – were unveiled at the Derbyshire stately home and gardens at the launch of its new season.

Six of the works by artist Michael Craig-Martin were unveiled for the first time by art lovers The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.

Inside the house, which reopens to the public on Sunday, Craig-Martin has applied his own approach to highlighting sculpture from the Devonshire Collection and selected portraits for the Old Master Drawings Cabinet.

An exhibition hailed as ‘Chatsworth’s most important permanent exhibition since the creation of its sculpture gallery in 1832’ is also on show for the new season.

Artist Jacob van der Beugel has covered the walls of the north sketch gallery with 659 textured, handmade ceramic panels.

Ceramic blocks are then flanked by the personal DNA profiles of the Devonshire family.