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Serena Korda: Bringing Magic and Enchantment to Speke Hall and Bluecoat

Bluecoat and Trust New Art, National Trust's programme connecting people to places through contemporary arts, are delighted to announce that artist Serena Korda has been commissioned to develop a temporary public work in the grounds of Speke Hall, Gardens and Estate. 

Speke Hall is a unique tudor property with Victorian elements located in Speke, Liverpool. The artist will use the surrounding landscape of Speke Hall’s ancient  woodlands and grounds as the site and inspiration for their work. Korda will draw on the hidden history of the hall - its many inhabitants and eras of wealth, decline and revival - as the basis for site specific work which will launch autumn 2018. An element of Korda's outdoor commission will also be installed in Bluecoat's garden. 

Serena Korda works across performance sound and sculpture, reconsidering aspects of communion and tradition in our lives including under explored feminist narratives - herstories - and the alternative histories of folklore and witchcraft. Korda is the 2016-17 Norma Lipman & BALTIC Fellow in Ceramic Sculpture at Newcastle University where her exhibition Missing Time runs from 9 Feb - 28 May 2018. Korda has also curated Daughters of Necessity at The Hepworth Wakefield choosing ceramic works from their collection which are sited alongside her own.

The artist features in Bluecoat’s spring programme, giving an introduction to her work and a hands on demonstration of the slip casting techniques that she will use for the Speke Hall commission.

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Ceramics Workshop with Serena Korda

In this unique slip casting workshop Speke Hall public commission artist Serena Korda introduces some of her ceramics techniques. The artist will discuss her work and share her processes with each participant who will make a sample work to take away. Slip casting involves involves pouring a slip (liquid clay) into a mould. 

Thur 21 June / 6.30pm / £8/£10

Artist's Talk: Serena Korda

Join us for an artist talk by Serena Korda. Korda works across performance, sound and sculpture reconsidering aspects of communion and tradition in our lives. She has been invited by the National Trust’s ‘Trust New Art’ programme in partnership with Bluecoat to develop a temporary outdoor commission for Speke Hall, a tudor mansion with Victorian features that has extensive grounds including ornate gardens and woodland. The commission will launch autumn 2018. Come along to find out more about the work and Korda’s recent exhibitions at The BALTIC, The Hepworth Wakefield and The Tetley.  

For more about the artist please or follow her on Instagram @serenakorda where you’ll catch behind the scenes glimpses of the making of new work.

To find out about the Trust New Art Programme:

To explore or visit Speke Hall:

Trust New Art has been supported by Arts Council England since 2009. Previously Bluecoat partnered on a residency and commission at Speke Hall by Alice May Williams in 2016:





Image credits:

Shroom Test The Bell Tree 3, Credit Chris Egon Searle.

Serena Korda, Credit Chris Egon Searle.

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