The Unfinished Business project
In 2011 Wallington Hall, one of Northumberland’s most popular National Trust attractions, celebrated the 200th anniversary of the birth of William Bell Scott, the 19th century poet, writer, artist and teacher, with an exciting new contemporary art exhibition entitled ‘Unfinished Business’. Under the direction of the artist-curator Chris Dorsett, Professor of Fine Art at Northumbria University, a wide range of imaginative and modern-day artistic responses to Scott took inspiration from his famous paintings in Wallington’s Central Hall. For more on Dorsett see: http://www.chrisdorsett.com/
Scott’s plans for the Central Hall were left incomplete and ‘Unfinished Business’ explored this unfulfilled legacy with an exhibition of indeterminate length and open-ended participation. This website was a vehicle for sharing work in progress and an archive of the unfolding exhibition. Each participating artist maintained their own web page. Visitors could follow the progress of unfinished pieces and identify which artworks were already on display at the National Trust property during the bicentenary.