Developed with support from Castlefield Gallery, Hilary Jack’s Empty Nest is a human-scale rook’s nest. Ancient folklore tells us that crows desert their colonies when a childless heir to a fortune dies and Empty Nest takes its inspiration from the last Lord Egerton, who died without children and left the Tatton estate to the National Trust.
The work is intended as a point of departure for audiences: a stage on which to stand and enjoy a fresh perspective – while it is sited close to the Mansion, what is visible are the trees and wildlife of Tatton Park.
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The transformation of the mundane to the extraordinary is a persistent theme within Hilary Jack’s practice. Working across media in research based projects, often using broken and discarded material collected from a variety of sources, Jack rejuvenates and rearranges the flotsam and jetsam of everyday life to form an elegiac narrative.
Hilary studied MA Fine Art at Manchester School of Art and completed TIPP, a Post Graduate Diploma in conjunction with Goldsmith College London and The Hungarian Academy of Fine Art Budapest. She has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad. Recent solo exhibitions include '...Singing through the Fog', Carter Presents, London 2012; 'And Scent of Pine and the Woodthrush Singing...', Castlefield Gallery, Manchester 2011; 'They Shoot Horses Don’t They?' Vinyl, Birmingham 2011; Group exhibitions include: 'If on a Winter's Night', August Art, London 2011; 'Mortars at Dawn', Carter Presents, London 2010; 'The Social Lives of Objects', Castlefield Gallery, Manchester 2009; 'Extreme Crafts', Centre Contemporary Art, Vilnius, Lithuania 2008; 'Meeting Point', Axel Lapp Projects, Berlin 2007 and 'Conflux06' New York 2006.
Grateful thanks to Clarissa Corfe, Len Horsey, James Alderson, Frances Breen, Simon Tetlow and Patrick Hannity.