The King will Visit Leighton House

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The Duke of Rothesay when in Scotland, and the Duchess of Cornwall during their visit to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow to celebrate its 120th anniversary. September 8, 2021.
The Duke of Rothesay when in Scotland, and the Duchess of Cornwall during their visit to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow to celebrate its 120th anniversary. September 8, 2021.

HIS MAJESTY THE KING WILL VISIT LEIGHTON HOUSE

Thursday 9th February 2023

His Majesty The King will visit the newly-renovated museum Leighton House to hear about the artistic partnership with Turquoise Mountain, the charity founded by the then Prince of Wales to preserve and develop traditional craft practices across Afghanistan, Myanmar, and the Middle East, and to drive economic development across the regions.

At Leighton House, the former home and studio of the leading Victorian artist, Lord Leighton, the King will view a suite of specially commissioned furniture by Turquoise Mountain, which has been handmade for the museum by Syrian and Jordanian artisans based in Amman, who His Majesty met while visiting the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in 2021. His Majesty will hear about the intricate craftsmanship and design process behind the pieces, inspired by motifs found on a Syrian chest acquired by Lord Leighton during his travels.

The King will view the first piece of contemporary artwork commissioned by Leighton House; an 11-metre high mural, located in the museum’s Helical Staircase. The piece was inspired by a poem by the 13th century Persian poet Rumi, and explores the themes of unity and common humanity. The King will meet the Iranian artist of the mural, Shahrzad Ghaffari. The King will then meet members of staff at Leighton House, in the Winter Studio.

In the Main Studio, the King will hear about Turquoise Mountain’s ongoing work in Afghanistan and Burma, and will see a display of new work created by artisans across both regions. In particular, His Majesty will hear about the ancient skill of Afghan carpet weaving, and meet Turquoise Mountain’s partners who have championed the work of traditional artisans for many years.

The King will visit the centrepiece of Leighton House, the Arab Hall, which features a renowned collection of Islamic tiles and mosaic floors, before departing.

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