BERRINGTON Hall in Herefordshire is hosting a new exhibition called ‘Patina’ this summer, featuring work by students of the Hereford College of Arts.

And the experience is both an encounter with modern creativity and a glance back to an age of elegance.

A spokesman said: “Visitors can sit back in a deckchair, or on a picnic blanket, and enjoy the art, just as the Georgians would have done, and see how the walled garden and pleasure grounds have inspired the students.”

Xaviere Hughes, Curriculum Leader FE Art and Design at Hereford College of Arts said: “At HCA it’s really important to us that our students develop the skills and confidence to take their creativity out into the world. In this project, a group of our Portfolio Course students have really embraced the opportunity to create site specific works based on Berrington and its walled garden.

“We think that the works on show will enhance the visitor experience at one of the county’s most important heritage sites and offer a fresh view to Berrington’s already magnificent situation.”

This partnership has been formed as part Berrington’s Walled Garden and Pleasure Ground Restoration Project. The project aims to raise funds to reinstate and restore this rare ‘Capability’ Brown design back to its Georgian origins to save and conserve it for the future.

The project will also form partnerships with community groups “to help create relevant and meaningful experiences for everyone to enjoy”. For this reason, the team at Berrington have worked with the Hereford College of Arts to allow select students to develop their own artwork in response to Berrington’s walled garden and its history.

The project compliments the current contemporary art at Berrington Hall. The ‘LOOK! LOOK! LOOK!’ pavilion is an 18th-century inspired art installation by internationally renowned artists, Heather and Ivan Morison. More information at