In a time of international schools and worldwide migration, the question “what is home?” is certainly pertinent. The National Trust’s new exhibition at the Croome Court in Worcestershire asks exactly that. Taking inspiration from its grand 18th century venue, the art installation looks specifically at Croome’s past life as St Joseph’s School for Boys (1948-1978) which was brief but poignant.
A year in the making, the lead artist Kashif Nadim Chaudry has worked with ex-pupils and children currently in the care system to examine that very question. The process has manifested in a thought-provoking and powerful exhibition consisting of personal objects chosen by participants, accompanied by the real-life stories they tell.
As one of the first to call Croome Court home, the 6th Earl of Coventry went about working with the very best of 18th century designers to create a thoroughly modern building. Following in his trend-setting footsteps, Croome continues to enlist creatives and artists to tell its story and the latest “What is Home?” installation is a wonderful example of this ongoing collaboration.
16 March 2019 – 1 July 2020
Croome Court, Worcester, WR8 9DW