Chatsworth’s light fantastic magical show

Luminaire, Chatsworth Autumn 2013
Luminaire, Chatsworth Autumn 2013
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It’s Chatsworth as you’ve never seen it before.

Not since the visit of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1843 has the old house been lit up in such a spectacular way.

Profile Georgiana Spencer, Duchess of Devonshire as Diana - restored

Profile Georgiana Spencer, Duchess of Devonshire as Diana - restored

Magical illuminations and candle power will transform the house and garden for this special Luminaire event.

And it was all inspired by a famous piece of art.

A painting of Duchess Georgiana, as Diana, Goddess of the Moon, graces the stately home and is the spur for October’s Luminaire.

Visitors to Chatsworth will be able to take a magical journey in the garden through the lunar cycle bringing to life the legend of the Goddess of the Moon and showing Chatsworth in a new light.

Lighting, projection and soundscapes will transform familiar landscapes in the garden, including Flora’s Temple, the Emperor Fountain, the Cascade and Rockery.

Luminaire will be the first time the house and garden has been displayed in this way for 170 years, when the Illustrated London News said ‘the noble cascade was lit up with many coloured fires and the whole extent of the gardens was a blaze of light’.

Chatsworth’s Sally Hogg said: “It will be truly magical to see the key features in the garden illuminated, especially the Cascade ebbing and flowing in ripples of light. We’re incredibly excited about this event as both the indoor and outdoor lighting displays will be wonderful. We hope that Luminaire will recapture the flavour of Joseph Paxton’s great Victorian extravaganza.”

Hundreds of candles and subtle lighting effects will cast a glow on the rich and gilded interiors of the house, showing how it would have been lit before the age of electricity.

A lady’s maid and a lamp boy in period costume will share stories, while lanterns will mark a journey around the garden with live performance adding another dimension to the experience.

Chatsworth’s Sally Hogg said: “It will be truly magical to see the key features in the garden illuminated, especially the Cascade ebbing and flowing in ripples of light. We’re incredibly excited about this event as both the indoor and outdoor lighting displays will be wonderful. We hope that Luminaire will recapture the flavour of Joseph Paxton’s great Victorian extravaganza.”

Luminaire will transform the Chatsworth experience as the magnificent Beyond Limits exhibition in the gardens comes to a close. Two Derbyshire-based companies have been involved in bringing the concept to life. Déda Producing has created the outdoor event in partnership with Illuminos who have designed the projection and lighting effects. The interior of the house has been brought to life by the Chatsworth housekeeping team using a combination of antique and modern candles, subtle lighting effects and LED lights.

Chatsworth has also opened up its grand state rooms as inspiration to 16 leading artists for a contemporary take on historic surroundings.

Modern Makers is an exhibition of contemporary applied art including furniture, textiles, ceramics and metalwork, which runs until December 23.

Highlights include an ash bed by Joseph Walsh, Ptolemy Mann’s textile installation and a steel chandelier by Junko Mori.

The exhibition aims to challenge perceptions about the role of contemporary crafts in historic settings by using the five state rooms as inspiration. The sequence of rooms was created by the first Duke of Devonshire at the end of the 17th century and designed to accommodate the monarch in the event of a visit. Each room is more luxuriously furnished than it predecessor.

The Duke of Devonshire said: “Historically the internal decoration at Chatsworth was brought up to date by every successive generation, invariably with objects made by the best contemporary makers. I think it’s entirely fitting that a new generation of modern masters should take inspiration from the best of the past to create these wonderful new works.”

In the Old Masters Drawing Cabinet, a complementary exhibition, Renaissance to Rococo: Designs for the Luxury, features a dozen drawings of historic designs for interiors and luxury goods by artists from Holbein to Watteau. Metalwork designs by the Italian Renaissance artist, Giulo Romano, who was a pupil of Raphael, are included in this exhibition which is running until November 8.

Tickets only available in advance

Luminaire will take place from 26 October to 30 October 2013. House and Garden tickets will only be available in advance and provide timed entry into the house.

Tickets are on sale via the Chatsworth website. Entry to the Garden is also available in advance or may be purchased on the night, subject to availability.

Chatsworth is a member of the Treasure Houses of England, 10 of the most magnificent palaces, stately homes and castles in England. Treasure Houses

Chatsworth is only 16 miles from the MI, 10 miles from Chesterfield, and 8 miles north of Matlock, in the heart of Derbyshire’s Peak District National Park and is well served by transport links throughout the UK.