The Orchard Project is seeking artists, designers and collaborators to imagine a long-term vision for a major orchard restoration project 2017-2020 and beyond at Brockhampton Estate.
A National Trust property sited close to Bromyard, Brockhampton Estate comprises 1,000 acres of farmland and 700 acres of mixed woodlands. At its heart lies Lower Brockhampton, a Grade I listed timber-framed house of medieval origin, whilst to the south lies Brockhampton House, an 18th century Grade II listed brick mansion concealed by its own parkland, which is privately owned/tenanted.
The aim (and the infrastructure in the long term) is to make Brockhampton a vibrant place to be with groups and visitors supporting its development as well as enjoying it in new ways. At the heart of the vision, is the reinstatement of the 21-acre orchard across three fields over three years (to include apple, pear, cherry, damson) in a way that connects the manor house to the land around it, but also brings new experiences for people.
The team want to tell the story of fruit growing and farming which is embedded within the properties ‘Spirit of Place’ as well as Hereford histories. They are keen to see the spaces used and experienced in different ways. e.g. eating, playing, camping, wildlife related events, growing and would like some of these to become integrated into the orchard’s seasonal ‘calendar’, so there is a rich year-round programme of activity. Replanting will also create a richer bio diversity for wildlife and we would like to talk about this.
You can read more about the anticipated role of the artist(s) via the project brief here.
All visual artists are welcome to apply from the UK – artists, designers, architects, landscape designers. If you would like to attend the Open Day on 12 September, to find out more about the project, and meet the team over lunch (provided), please RSVP with an Expression of Interest via email to Lottie.firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday 3rd September.
An Expression of Interest to be no more than 2 sides of A4 with details of your practice, what interests you about the project and a web links to images or websites). After the Open Day, the team will contact up to six artists for an interview on Friday 29th September and will give individual feedback at this stage, but not before.