Audley Brings To Life Paintings On Loan From Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery

Audley Mote House brings to life paintings on loan from Maidstone Museum

September 2012

Mote House Retirement Village, has on loan 17 paintings from Maidstone Museum’s reserve collection to hang in the communal areas of the Grade II* listed Georgian mansion for the enjoyment of residents and visitors.

 Mote House is the centrepiece of the Village and overlooks 450 acres of beautiful parkland. This historic Grade-II listed building has been sensitively restored and is now home to 14 apartments and the Audley Club which includes a stunning Bar/Bistro and exclusive Restaurant. Mote House is surrounded by a number of original estate buildings and sympathetic new build properties in the Walled Garden. Some of the pictures on loan have been selected for their relevance to Mote House. ‘Sheep stampeding in a storm’ by Thomas Sidney Cooper in the Inner Hall Gallery and the portrait of Charles Viscount Marsham, 4th Earl of Romney by Josh Templeton Lucas in the Morning Room, were both hung in the original House. Simon Lace, Museums and Heritage Manager at Maidstone Borough Council said:  We are delighted to have found such a fantastic environment to display oil paintings from our extensive reserve collection. Even with the new facilities now on offer at Maidstone Museum, we cannot hope to display all our artworks, so the opportunity to exhibit a small selection at Audley Mote House is one we couldn’t pass up. The paintings will be seen in the kind of surroundings for which they were made; a grand country mansion sitting in its own magnificent park.”  

Nick Sanderson, CEO of Audley Retirement, commented: “Maidstone Museum has given us a wonderful opportunity to display some of the area’s finest artwork on the walls of Audley Mote House for the enjoyment of our residents and visitors. To have on loan pictures which would have once belonged to the original owners in the 18th century seems particularly fitting and brings to life the long history of the House.”

 

He continued: “Our partnership with Maidstone Museum, and the fee we have negotiated to hang these paintings for ten years, allows the Museum to use their collections effectively, share the works widely and secure funding to maintain their collections going forward. It also reinforces the strong links between Audley, the local Council, the Museum and the wider community.”

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