Bring Into Being

27 May – 31 October 2021

Bring Into Being is an experimental programme of art commissions, events and workshops. Entrance to the exhibition is included in your House ticket. 

Presenting three site-specific artworks by Peter Adjaye, Jaimini Patel and Mark Wallinger, alongside workshops and events, Bring Into Being responds to the many incarnations of Chiswick House and tests the future possibilities of our Grade 1 listed site.

The global pandemic has brought into sharp focus a need for self-reflection and reconnection with nature. A year of separation from our friends and families further highlighted our basic desire for human connection. As we navigate the personal, social, economic and environmental challenges of the 21st century, what role can Chiswick House play in supporting the emergence of new futures?

Matter as the densest form of energy – energy as the lightest form of matter, 2021 by Jaimini Patel. Image by Thierry Bal

In the 18th century, architect and landscape designer, William Kent, contrived sections of Chiswick Gardens to appear natural and organic while other parts remained more formal. The House, designed by Lord Burlington in collaboration with Kent, was partly influenced by the Roman architect Vitruvius whose ideas placed human proportions at the centre if his design thinking.  

Bring Into Being draws on the history, design legacy and current status of Chiswick House and recognises the impact of these ideas on shaping society. We have invited artists, musicians, scientists and students to reimagine our future and their cross-disciplinary perspectives highlight a range of ideas that support new forms of engagement via this historic site. 

Image: Rekha Sawhney records with Peter Adjaye in the Green Velvet Room

Jaimini Patel’s artwork, created from discarded organic materials from the Gardens invites reflection on temporality and transformation.  Mark Wallinger’s artwork, presented in the Exedra behind the House, is a poignant reflection on time that brings together fleeting moments with the daily and yearly cycles of the earth.  Peter Adjaye’s artwork, created with musicians of South Asian and West African heritage, responds to diverse stories hidden in plain sight at Britain’s historic buildings and places.  Alongside the three commissioned artworks, the programme presents workshops by Ansuman Biswas and Prof. ChamkaurGhag, Yiran Duan, Lauren Dutton, Jasprit Singh and students from UCL Urban Laboratory.  

Bring Into Being covers a wealth of topics including time, natural cycles, representation, consciousness and perception, and broadens the ways in which we can reflect on and connect with this site, our surroundings, ourselves and each other.  

From 27th May – 31 Oct Bring Into Being presents commissions by Peter Adjaye, Jaimini Patel and Mark Wallinger alongside a programme, of workshops and events with Ansuman Biswas and Prof. Chamkaur Ghag, Yiran Duan, Lauren Dutton, Jasprit Singh and students from UCL Urban Laboratory.

Admission to the exhibition is included in the House ticket, which can be booked here. Tickets for individual workshops and events can be booked here.

Thanks to our funders:

Bring Into Being is funded with public funds from Section 106 and the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage. The Culture Recovery Fund is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England, using funds provided by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

The community activities have been made possible with generous support from David and Wendy Chivers, Andrew Fane OBE, John Giles, Anne Mercer, Jimmy Weir and our anonymous donors. We are working in partnership with English Heritage and the London Borough of Hounslow, UCL Urban Laboratory and CorkYogis for our activities.

Links Signs is providing signage for the exhibition and has generously sponsored Mark Wallinger’s sundial in the Gardens.

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Thursday 27 May 2021 @ 10:00 AM to
Sunday 31 October 2021 @ 05:00 PM



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