Stellar cast at new festival

The major new literary festival Art Out Loud takes place this weekend (September 18-20) at Chatsworth.

A stellar cast of more than 20 of art’s leading makers, curators and writers will be appearing.

Speakers include Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry; contemporary conceptual artist and painter Michael Craig-Martin; writer and BBC arts editor Will Gompertz; Royal Academy director Tim Marlow on Ai Weiwei; novelists Esther Freud and Hannah Rothschild; and many more.

Talks will take place in a marquee on the private South Lawn and in the historic Theatre.

Chatsworth will run a Festival Bookshop, selling recently published and other books by a selection of the speakers.

The three-day event is inspired by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire’s passion for art.

The Duke of Devonshire said: “We’re delighted to be able to give our visitors the opportunity to hear some of the country’s leading artists, collectors, authors and journalists and talking about their work. “

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