Milton Abbey in Dorset has been selected by the organisers of the Capability Brown Festival 2016 as one of its hub sites, in recognition of its outstanding quality. A major multi- media exhibition will be the highlight of the local festival.
The major exhibition in July and August will be called A Capability Brown Experience.The show will include a new film featuring John Phibbs, the leading expert on Brown, as narrator; artwork by Royal Academician Stephen Farthing; artist and author Tim Scott- Bolton; eleven artists of Dorset Visual Arts; embroidery from the National Guild, interactive digital imagery, photography from a range of leading photographers and games for children. The theme of the exhibition will be the ‘enjoyment of landscape, as well as built heritage, and its enhancement of quality of life.
Milton Abbey, Lord Milton's mansion, St Catherine's Chapel and the village of Milton Abbas are embraced and integrated by a breathtaking 500 acre landscape designed by Capability Brown, which began in 1763 and continued up to Brown's death in 1783. Three valleys converge, and inside one of the valleys is the village of Milton Abbas, contained either side by a silhouette of trees on top of the hillsides. This picturesque 'lost village' in a wooded valley is considered to be the first 'new town' in England.
Milton Abbey is at the focal point of the converging valleys, encircled by 16 miles of walks, rides, and carriage drives designed by Brown to draw the visitor through the space, enriched en route by special features. Everywhere there are glimpses and vistas opening up to the Abbey as the route is travelled. This sublime landscape is one of the finest examples of the work of Capability Brown in England.
The exhibition will be open from 10am to 5pm daily from 10 July to 21 August. For more information, please see our website.
About the author: Michael McAvoy lives in Milton Abbas, and works to publicise the area and its events.