YOU could be anywhere in the world - literally.

Dating back to the 1700s, The Walled Garden at Harewood House near Leeds is always a pleasure to visit; encapsulated by breath-taking scenery it is a place where peace and tranquility abounds.

Our previous visit was to explore the ‘Seeds of Hope’ exhibition. Supported by Arts Council England, the exhibition commemorated the end of the First World War and involved the re-planting of the area with heritage vegetables demonstrating the type of produce nurtured in the land along with the planting of 1,269 sunflowers to commemorate the number of men tended to at Harewood House when it served as an auxiliary hospital from 1915 to 1919.

From Thursday June 27 the Walled Garden takes on a different theme when it becomes an interactive ‘listening’ garden. Created by renowned Australian musician, Genevieve Lacey, this tranquil space will feature more than 30 audio interventions hidden across the area - some are located high in the trees, others are low amongst plants - and connected to each other and to sensors triggered by visitors to the garden.

Responding to movement, visitors can explore the sounds from Australia (county Victoria and regional New South Wales), The Netherlands (Utrecht) to Norway (Kristiansand), in addition to birdsong recorded at Harewood.

Pleasure Garden combines excerpts from the work of 17th century Dutch musician, composer and improviser, Jacob van Eyck who was blind from birth and hailed as “the Opheus of Utrecht.”

It is set within newly-composed music by Genevieve Lacey and Jan Bang in collaboration with sound designer Jim Atkins.

Says Genevieve; “We’ve had an incredible few days installing the new Pleasure Garden at Harewood and it has been a delight to watch visitors interact and engage with the music and sounds. By nature, humans are incredibly curious and this piece will coax you around the garden, inviting you to hear the different parts of the musical composition, to play with it and to discover more. This might be whilst resting a while amongst the trees, or wandering along the borders.

“We’re hoping visitors will be questioning whether they are hearing a piece of music or whether it’s the natural environment, as the sounds float in and around them. The piece is delicate and subtle with the aim of encouraging people to pause and be more attentive to the space around them.”

Trevor Nicholson, Head Gardener, Harewood House Trust, said; “The gardens at Harewood are always a delight to visit as they change every season, but what’s really lovely is when they become something more and have multiple layers expanding across different artform. Having seen such positive engagement with Seeds of Hope in the Walled Garden last summer, Pleasure Garden is a really lovely and innovative installation, which offers a whole new possibility for visitors to interact in the space around them and we hope it will enrich their visit.”

Pleasure Garden opens to the public on June 27 and continues until the autumn.

There is plenty going on at Harewood House over the coming months including the festival-style Make It Harewood in collaboration with Hole & Corner and part of the Harewood Biennial.

Running on July 6 and 7 the event includes the exhibition Useful/Beautiful: Why Craft Matters and featuring demonstrations and workshops including model-making with Aardman Studio, craft market, DJs and live music.

Make It will take place annually for the next three years.

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