Adam Speaks (With New Mouths), The National Trust, Croome, Worcestershire, 2017; installed from Nov 2017 - Jan 2019

In April 2017, I received the Adam Speaks commission from the National Trust to develop and make new work responding to Robert Adam’s vision and designs at Croome Court. I ran workshops with St. Barnabas CofE First and Middle School, Writing West Midlands, Birmingham Institute of Theatre Arts and Kimichi Independent Secondary School. These workshops informed the final artwork.

Adam Speaks (With New Mouths) (2017) is a new folly for the parklands of Croome Court. It takes the visual language of Adam and speaks it anew with playful intonation, riffing on the neo-classical architect's style and applying it to the form of a treehouse.

The work was installed at Croome Court from Nov 2017 - Jan 2019 and was the site for a programme of workshops and events. More information can be found here.

Intreviews & Press:
An Interview with Artist Chris Alton, The National Trust, 03/2018
Adam Speaks, Country Life Magazine, 13/12/2017
Treehouse a hit with families, BPP Media, 04/12/2017
Croome to officially open Robert Adam inspired treehouse next month, Malvern Observer, 17/10/2017

Commissioned by:
Trust New Art

With thanks to:
The National Trust, Croome
Hew Locke (Mentor)
Rachel Sharpe (Creative Partnerships Manager)
Kiki Claxton (Creative Programme Coordinator)
Glauke 'Belle' Bogaert (Project Assistant)
Drew Cox (Videographer)
Peter Young (Photographer)

St. Barnabas CofE First and Middle School, Pershore (Participant Group)
Birmingham Institute of Theatre Arts (Participant Group)
Writing West Midlands (Participant Group)
Kimichi Independent Secondary School, Birmingham (Participant Group)

Chris Mewies (Fabrication and installation)
Gareth Histed (Installation)

Fabricated and installed by:
Mewies Design

Delivered by the National Trust through Trust New Art and supported using public funding by Arts Council England