Bianca Baldi, Prologue to Livro de Todo o Universe, 2015. Courtesy the artist

William Bell, View of the North (Entrance) Front of Seaton Delaval Hall. © National Trust Images/John Hammond

Bianca Baldi, Zero Latitude, 2014. Courtesy the artist

Bianca Baldi’s video installations reveal over-looked narrative strands and the hidden structures of power. By focusing on specific cultural or sociological artefacts, in Baldi’s work historical plots reveal complex webs of political, economic and cultural influence. She charts this network of connections like a cartographer, revealing lost narratives and unknown territories.

In 2015, whilst on residency, Baldi began researching the Vanbrugh-designed Seaton Delaval Hall in South East Northumberland. Drawn to the history of the Delaval family and their extravagant lifestyle, Baldi’s research focuses on this building constructed on the geographic benefits of coal, which fueled the industrial development of the area.

This artist talk is staged at Seaton Delaval Hall, evoking the hospitality and flamboyance of the site. Baldi will present the warm spicy notes of Old Spice fragrance as a means to introduce her research to date, which looks into the local industrial histories of coal, soap and fragrance.

Bianca Baldi was a Hospitalfield and Royal Over-Seas League Visual Art Scholar for 2015, selected by AV Festival. Her initial residency took place in September 2015 alongside artists Dineo Seshee Bopape, selected by Collective, Edinburgh and Tamara Henderson, selected by Glasgow International.

Baldi continues her research with AV Festival throughout 2016 supported by Northumberland County Council, working towards a new commission for AV Festival 2018.

The coach will depart from Bewick St opposite Central Station at 15:30.

Supported by Hospitalfield, Royal Over-Seas League and Northumberland Country Council. 

Artist Talk: Bianca Baldi

FREE, booking recommended here (Coach from Newcastle £5) 

Wed 23 March, 4.30–6pm

Seaton Delaval Hall

The Avenue
Seaton Sluice
Northumberland
NE26 4QR
nationaltrust.org.uk/seaton-delaval-hall