22nd June 2021
A historic manor house in Washington, Tyne and Wear, is the site of a new art installation bringing together a cast of historical and mythical characters associated with the building and its local area – including George Washington, the first president of the United States.
Created by artists Lindsey Mendick and Dominic Watson, Wassa – titled after a historical name for the town of Washington – takes the form of a medieval feast attended by six characters, each linked with Washington Old Hall’s history.
More details about the installation, site and artists can be found on the Project page.
Wassa is part of Meeting Point, a programme led by Arts&Heritage. Meeting Point presents artworks in unexpected places and supports small and medium scale museums to commission artists, forging new relationships between the contemporary arts and heritage sectors.
For this round of the programme, leading artists have been partnered with six museums in the North East, Yorkshire and the North West to produce new artworks inspired by the museums and their collections.
Wassa is on show at Washington Old Hall from 21 May to 31 October 2021. Tickets for Washington Old Hall must be booked online and safety measures are in place including social distancing and limited visitor numbers. More details can be found at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/washington-old-hall.