The National Trust



Title: A House Beautiful

Client: The National Trust


Type of work: Creative video


Description: Simona was one of the two artists selected for the LGBTQ, 6 months programme- NT Artists in Residence, She was given behind-the scenes access to research the LGBTQ heritage of The National Trust places. A House Beautiful’ takes its inspiration from the collections, connections and stories from Wightwick Manor. Taking the rich collection of pre-Raphaelite paintings and drawings as a starting point, the artists have delved deeper into the story of Simeon Soloman – a prominent pre-Raphaelite until his career was cut short, when he was arrested for an illegal sexual encounter with a man and spent the rest of his life in poverty. The piece also encapsulates connections with Oscar Wilde, and the story of May Morris and her companion Miss Lobb, associates of the Mander family – Wightwick’s former owners. It weaves together a narrative of love, loss and creativity that binds together Wightwick’s unusual history.


Shown at:  2017 – Sutton House (London-UK)

2017 - Wightwick Manor (Wolverhampton, UK)

Full credits at the end of the video.



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