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NEW RHS Garden Harlow Carr Artist in Residence announced

Posted by: Sam Pegg
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After an overwhelming response from a number of local artists, we are delighted to announce the appointment of Hilary Burnett Cooper as the RHS Harlow Carr Artist in Residence 2022 – 2023

Hilary Burnett Cooper began her career as a watercolour landscape artist; she now creates figurative and floral scenes in mainly oils and acrylics. She studied graphic design at Leeds Art College but considers herself to be a self-taught artist.


A Yorkshire-based artist, Hilary has won numerous national awards including The Rexel Prize, The Daler-Rowney Award, The Clairefontaine Award and Best in Show at the Great North Art Show in 2018. She exhibited at the Carrousel du Louvre, Paris in 2017-2018, drawing inspiration from the capital for some of her work and has also painted in Venice, Italy.

Hilary sold her first piece of work at The Ilkley Art Show, and her work is now sold across the country through galleries and private and corporate collectors; the Halifax Building Society has a collection of 22 of her pieces.


Hilary said,

‘I am truly delighted to have been given this opportunity to develop and showcase my work at RHS Harlow Carr. The garden offers such a beautiful and calming environment with some breath-taking views and I’m really looking forward to seeing where inspiration takes me over the course of the next year.’


Education and Learning Manager, Kirstie Blything said;

‘We are thrilled to have appointed Hilary as the next Artist in Residence and can’t wait to see the artwork she produces over the course of the next year. We hope this new work will inspire the public to examine their own vision of the gardens and encourage them to engage in new, creative conversations, continuing the development of Harlow Carr as a site that inspires creative practice.’


Following in the footsteps of award winning artists Nel Whatmore and Anita Bowerman, the Artist in Residence programme will last a full year, culminating with an exhibition at the RHS Harlow Carr Flower Show 2023. Throughout the year, Hilary will be onsite at the garden carrying out research and demonstrating her artistic practice at the garden, working closely with the team on site whilst also conversing with and informing the public about the role. A participatory programme will also be developed, including activity such as workshops, open studios, talks etc.. to help encourage visitors to use the gardens to inspire their own creative visions.


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