Anne Vibeke Mou at Shandy Hall


Project Info


  • Anne Vibeke Mou

Art Forms

  • Installation


  • Shandy Hall
  • Laurence Sterne Trust
  • Arts&Heritage
  • Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund

Project Objectives

A Window for Shandy Hall was part of the Meeting Point programme.

Shandy Hall in Coxwold was the home of author Laurence Sterne, who lived there in the 1700s. Laurence Sterne was the author of The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, as well as being the vicar of Coxwold, near York.

While living at Shandy Hall he also wrote A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy, although he died before this story could be completed. These two works have given him an international reputation.

Patrick Wildgust, curator of Shandy Hall, said:

“Shandy Hall is the place where Laurence Sterne lived and worked as a writer. He told the story of Tristram Shandy using startlingly modern visual devices, not just text, and Anne Vibeke has responded to this in her artwork.”

One of the recurring themes in Sterne’s books is the passing of time and this influenced Anne Vibeke Mou.

“In a way, I am using sunlight to draw onto the window of the dining room in Shandy Hall. I’m using an ancient Japanese form of marbling to capture unique, one-off ink patterns. I’m transcribing those patterns to individual panes of glass which are etched by hand with a diamond, creating tiny fractures in the glass so that the sunlight is trapped and the window holds patterns which change as the sun moves” Anne Vibeke Mou

A Window for Shandy Hall reflects the author’s use of marbled pages in his books, which turned each book into an artwork in its own right.

Anne Vibeke Mou worked with a York-based stained glass conservator, Barley Studio, who helped to install the piece in Shandy Hall.


  • To reveal and reinterpret The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
  • To engage with local craftsman


Arts&Heritage supported the participating museums in Meeting Point throughout the process; sharing knowledge of presenting contemporary art projects and commissions in non-traditional art spaces.

A networking event between the participating museums and 40 artists from across the UK took place at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and visits to artists’ studios were arranged. Museum teams also met with peers at other properties to learn how they successfully delivered contemporary art projects at their museums and heritage sites.

All museums developed their own Artist’s Brief. Following the networking event artists were invited to send in an expression of interest to museums that interested them.

Three artists were shortlisted by each museum to draw up a more detailed proposal and were paid £500 each.

Impact & Budget

  • £8,000 to include all materials, travel and installation costs
  • £500 paid to each of 3 artists shortlisted
  • Anne’s work has been added to the collection at Shandy Hall giving audiences an opportunity to see this work for the long term
  • The Laurence Stern Trust (who run Shandy Hall) also included her work in a UK touring exhibition, offering audiences outside of the local region an opportunities to see the work
  • The artist made new connections which led to paid work and participation in a group exhibition

The Artist

Anne Vibeke Mou is a Danish artist based in Newcastle upon Tyne. Her work involves drawing, sculpture and engraving on glass, often using repetition, intuition and chance to create complex surface variations, which unfold over time.

Anne Vibeke Mou (b. 1978, Denmark) studied at Glasgow School of Art and Royal College of Art, London and lives and works in Newcastle upon Tyne. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including residencies at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, Upernavik Museum, North West Greenland and the National Glass Centre, Sunderland. A privately commissioned window for St Johns Church, Healey in Northumberland won the Art and Christianity Award 2011. As a co-curator, exhibitor and editor Anne Vibeke organised Chance Finds Us (2014), an exhibition and catalogue of works by eight artists from the North East for Mima, Middlesbrough.