The follies of youth

Crouch, Amelia ORCID logoORCID: (2015) The follies of youth. [Show/Exhibition]


The Follies of Youth was an exhibition of historical research and contemporary art commissioning by visual arts organisation Pavilion hosted by The Hepworth Wakefield. Three artists – Giles Bailey (based in London), Amelia Crouch (Bradford), Ruth Lyons (Cork) –produced work in response to three landscapes in West Yorkshire – Stapleton, Whitley Beaumont and Byram – listed in the account book of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown (1716–1783). Supported by a collective of producers, nicknamed ‘the follies’, the artists undertook field trips to the ruinous and industrial landscapes. In an attempt to recover Brown’s lost designs, the artists engaged the follies in rehearsing certain eighteenth century practices: of Arcadian poetic fantasy, walking etiquette and lime kilning.

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