Exhibition explores building design through faded grandeur of the stately home

In Stately Silence. Photo courtesy of Historic Environment Scotland/Duncan Tattersall
In Stately Silence. Photo courtesy of Historic Environment Scotland/Duncan Tattersall

Since 2008, artist Duncan Tattersall has been seeking out Scotland’s lesser-known derelict mansions, exploring their remains, and creatively recording an enthralling chapter of their history.

Abandoned during the 20th Century, these formerly cherished homes lie transient, still stately in their silent demise.

Mellerstain House now presents the resulting collection of work as a unique portrait of Scotland’s architectural and social history. Painting, sculpture and photography by the artist combined with historic materials in a multi-faceted display tailored to inhabit the ground floor corridors of this Robert Adam masterpiece, revealing the stories of 46 houses from the Borders to the Highlands.

In celebration of Scotland’s Year of Architecture, Innovation & Design 2016 and as part of the Festival of Architecture 2016, take the opportunity to explore grand domestic Scottish building design from the past 250 years, experience forgotten places, and discover the other side of the country house story.

In Stately Silence runs from April 29 – September 26 2016 on house open days of Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Meet Duncan at the two day opening event on Saturday April 30 and Sunday May 1.

Admission as per ‘House & Gardens’ ticket, available from the main reception on arrival.

A selection of Duncan’s work will be available to purchase.