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Visitors to Croome watching a performance by Steve Wilson

15th - 22nd June 2019

The Man in the Middle

National Trust Croome, Worcestershire

The Man in the Middle: National Trust Croome

Whats On

Inspired by the artwork ‘Digmoor’ and ‘Map of an Englishman’, by the internationally acclaimed artist Grayson Perry, a new project 'The Man in the Middle' looks at what is currently at the forefront of the Worcestershire mans’ mind.

In response to the Grayson Perry exhibition, by an international artist well known for chronicling modern life, a collective of Worcester based artists will be showcasing new art works including installations, performance and film at the National Trust Croome from 25 May.

The project entitled ‘The Man in the Middle’ focusses on two of the Grayson Perry artworks - Digmoor and Map of an Englishman currently on display in the historic house.

The artists, Steve Wilson, Sarah Edwards and Nicola Prestage have been considering the concept of ‘What is Worcester(shire) man’, running workshops and performances with men of all ages in Worcestershire. The workshops were based on themes from Perry's original work; namely mental health, class, territory and masculinity; the team worked with both urban and rural communities. The workshops culminated with a visit from workshop attendees from Warwickshire and West Mercia Community Rehabilitation Company.

In June, as part of the project, visitors will be able to see a live performance by Steve Wilson. The audience will be invited to follow Steve as he moves around the artworks, telling the story of the project. The performance will tell the story of the project through narration, poetry, song and dance. Audiences will get the chance to see the existing art work by his collaborators Sarah Edwards and the films by Nicky Prestage.  

‘The Man in the Middle’ is now on display at National Trust Croome until 30 June with the live performances taking place on 15, 16 and 22 June at 12pm and 2.30pm.

More information about the project is available online here: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croome/features/the-man-in-the-middle