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Cartland Institute for Romance Research

Commissioned for Tatton Park Biennial, 2012, The Cartland Institute for Romance Research (CIFRR) explored the life and work of celebrity novelist Dame Barbara Cartland. The work created a new narrative in a mixed media installation which was part sculpture, part shrine, and part romance novella.
CIFRR synthesised the relationships between Dame Barbara Cartland, war time aviation, Tatton Park and 1990s British politics.

A prolific writer of romantic fiction, Cartland was a formidable woman, instrumental in the development of the troop carrying glider (stationed at Tatton), Conservative ‘Back to Basics’ policy and promoting the rights of children and travellers.

The project left clues: the chaise longue and paraphernalia inside the getaway van speak of romance and intrigue; the glider remade using the original plans and found materials at the artists’ studio; the narrated tale of love and adventure within Tatton Park suggesting Dame Barbara herself.

The CIFRR research station featured a beautifully hand-crafted replica of the Colditz Cock, constructed by WWII prisoners of war as part of a daring escape plan. The glider also lends its name to artist’s limited edition novella, published exclusively for Tatton Park Biennial.

Supported by Manchester School of Art

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