Dalkeith Palace to launch a programme of cultural events in 2022

Tuesday March 8th 2022


Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

After the success of Inception Art Show in autumn 2021, the team at Dalkeith Country Park is keen to bring more events with an art and design focus to Dalkeith Palace.

Dalkeith Palace, with its rich history, was the perfect venue for the launch of Inception in autumn 2021.

It was the first public event to be held in The Palace in a number of years, creating a showcase for the work of leading artists from across the UK. It was a resounding success with approximately 1,000 art lovers coming to enjoy the mix of sculpture, paintings and photography in the unique setting of Dalkeith Palace over three days.

Inception’s exhibiting artists, including Hatti Pattison, Craig Rae Ferguson and Gill Walton, are keen to return for another show in 2022.

On the back of Inception’s success, a calendar of events has been created to take place within The Palace this year and will be announced in the coming weeks.

Remko Plooij, managing director at Dalkeith Country Park says:

“Following the success of last year’s inaugural art exhibition,Inception, we are delighted to bring a series of events and exhibitions to Dalkeith Palace in 2022. The palace is an architectural masterpiece and the vision of Anna Scott, 1st Duchess of Buccleuch, who turned it into one of Scotland’s grandest houses and most stylish homes of the early 1700s.

“Drawing on the Palace’s rich and diverse history, we are thrilled to collaborate with Master Carvers Association for Art & Ornament. This event in April is a celebration of eminent 17th century carver Grinling Gibbons by the Master Carver Association. Art & Ornament will showcase the work of 40 contemporary carvers, artists and makers which bring in influences of Grinling Gibbons. Gibbons’ own handiwork can be seen in some of Dalkeith Palace’s fireplaces.

“In May we will host our second Inception following on from the tremendous success of our first contemporary art exhibition last year. We are also working on plans for musical and performance events later this year. It’s exciting that the public will be able to visit and not only enjoy some great contemporary art and music but also catch a first glimpse inside this remarkable building. Our unfolding programme marks the beginning of our own journey to sympathetically reinvent Dalkeith Palace for the 21st century – it’s exhilarating to think of the public becoming part of this journey.”

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