Packwood Follies InsideOutHouse – National Trust Packwood House

It was a privilege to be invited by the National Trust to attend the opening of Packwood Follies.
Packwood Follies are three commissions by artist Hilary Jack entitled InsideOutHouse, Embedded and Hive located around the grounds of National Trust Packwood House, Warwickshire.

– This is the first in a series of blogs from the opening event.

The previous weeks weather had been glorious sunshine, blue sky and fluffy white clouds, today however was different ….rain, not ideal you might think for walking around the grounds of a large country estate but it was a thoroughly enjoyable day sharing lots of laughter, catching up with friends, having fun and puddle splashing! So don’t be put off by the weather, get out and enjoy

Hilary Jack has designed and created beautiful structures from reclaimed objects, chairs, cupboards, draw fronts & windows and turned the “junk” into fantastic works of art. The pieces are staggeringly beautiful, most people would just throw away broken pieces of furniture but Hilary has revived what could be destined to a skip into something that I will certainly be visiting again and bringing my family to see it.

Introduction and welcome from Lucy Reid general manager at Packwood House with artist Hilary Jack. DSC_0345 SusanGuy_Packwood House_PackwoodFollies cFirst glimpse of the InsideOutHouse in the woodland, a timber framed cottage created from recycled and salvaged materials. This sighting felt so magical like I could have been in a fairy tale…Hansel & Gretel, Narnia or even Alice in Wonderland
DSC_0360 SusanGuy_Packwood House_PackwoodFollies c DSC_0377 SusanGuy_Packwood House_PackwoodFollies cSusanGuy_Packwood House_PackwoodFollies DSC_0364 0365 0369The interior of the inside out house was like a tardis ….. bigger on the inside than it looked on the outside!
It’s homely, rustic, spacious, cosy & dry with a chair in the corner, perfect for storytelling, I can imagine a family living here from long ago.
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– The Packwood Follies was funded by a Cadbury Play Grant, with technical assitance from JP Art Services & Architectural drawings by Melissa Hunt.


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