Avant Gardeners Concludes

End of season at Houghton Hall Stables
30 September, 2022
Avant Gardeners Concludes
We would like to  thank all the artists and makers who have taken part in the event this summer. We appreciated your committment to the event this year. It has been a long period to maintain the exhibition, during an unusually quiet season for Houghton Hall, and we supported the changes made by various contributors along the way to keep our presentation fresh.
When the Ernst Gamperl installation of turned 300 year-old oak vessels arrived in late July, it really helped to bring in more art literate visitors. Overall visitor numbers improved toward the later half, as the audience responded to good word of mouth that his installation generated.
Thank you again, and we look forward to seeing you in 2023.

About the author

Paul Barratt, Director and Curator at Contemporary and Country

Paul Barratt

Paul Barratt started working in contemporary art galleries in 1989, having graduated in Fine Art from Goldmsith’s, London University. He initially worked at Anthony d’Offay Gallery, one of the contemporary art dealers, who dominated the London art market in the 80s and 90s. He was approached by the Lisson Gallery to be gallery manager for the influential art dealer Nicholas Logsdail. This was followed by a short period in New York at Gladstone Gallery, to work for visionary art dealer Barbara Gladstone, working with the artist and filmmaker Matthew Barney.


On his return to London, Paul secured a place on the postgraduate curatorial course at the Royal College of Art, to complete an MA. After graduation in 2001, he worked as an independent curator on several projects in Oslo, London, Brighton and Basel, before joining Paul Vater at his design agency Sugarfree in 2004. He has worked with Paul ever since.