Lead, threads and petals, 24 September 2014

Pavilion presents an installation, performance and discussion responding to the restored Blackamoor statue at Wentworth Castle Gardens, a historic landscape in Barnsley. Also known as The Kneeling Slave, The Blackamoor was a popular lead garden statue during the 18th Century, signifying the profitability of The Atlantic Slave Trade. The event includes contributions from artists Carol Sorhaindo and Joe Williams, and historian Patrick Eyres. It forms part of Pavilion's ongoing investigations into the politics of Capability Brown garden sites across Yorkshire.

A coach will leave Leeds at 5pm returning back to Leeds at 9pm. To book for the event and/ or coach, book online or email info@pavilion.org.uk. The event is free but a £5 donation to cover the coach cost is welcome.

At: Wentworth Castle, Park Drive, Barnsley, S75 3EN

Carol Sorhaindo draws inspiration from the natural world as a means of exploring identity, human empowerment, freedom and representation. For this project she will create a new textile installation within the landscape that draws on theories of ruin and entanglement, as well as the botanical specimens and historic narratives of the site.

Joe Williams will collaborate with Sorhaindo to present the connection of transatlantic narratives to the Wentworth landscape. His initiative, Heritage Corner, emerged from the Diasporan Stories Research Group in Leeds, and seeks to counter previously excluded African perspectives through performance and story-telling.

Dr Patrick Eyres is editor-publisher of the New Arcadian Journal, which engages with the cultural politics of landscape gardens. The 50th edition (2011) explores the significance of The Blackamoor statue in 18th-Century British gardens.

The event is funded by the Capability Brown Festival and Heritage Lottery Fund as part of a series of pilot projects leading up to a national Capability Brown festival in 2016.

  • Lead, threads and petals, 24 September 2014
    Image: Carol Sorhaindo