Close Distance

Caroline Broadhead, Nic Sandiland and Angela Woodhouse
8 March – 1 May 2017
Wollaton Hall, Prospect Room

See below for details of visit times.

Created for the magnificent rooftop Prospect Room at Wollaton Hall, with its views across the surrounding park and city beyond, this new commission offers visitors a unique experience of an area of the house rarely visited by the public.

Artists Caroline Broadhead, Nic Sandiland and Angela Woodhouse have taken inspiration from the building’s history and inhabitants, exploring such details as 17th century embroidered costume belonging to the Middleton family who once lived in the Hall, and the doors that separated the kitchens and servants’ quarters from the family rooms upstairs. Sandiland and Woodhouse have worked with image, sound, and movement to create a series of intimate film works that are integrated with Broadhead’s reinvented found objects. All these elements find synergy in this atmospheric installation.

“…Images will shift from the open landscape to the enclosed and restricted spaces in which the servants were confined, indicating the labours and life that differentiated the people, their roles and their position in the 17th century household.”

To visit Close Distance, please book on to one of the special ‘Talk and View’ events, taking place every Wednesday and Saturday between 8 March and 1 May. Each ‘Talk and View’ will be conducted by a Nottingham-based artist or performer, lasting approximately 45 minutes, including time to view the work. Tickets can be brought online in advance or onsite on the day of your visit:

Close Distance Talk and View

Wednesdays and Saturdays, 1pm and 3pm

£3 per person, to make an advance booking please click here, for further details please call 0115 876 1433.

Talk and View visits are also available to pre-booked school/student groups, free of charge. Please call 0115 876 1433.

Each ‘Talk and View’ will be approximatly 45 minutes long, including time to view the work.

* Close Distance can also be seen during Wollaton’s existing Prospect Room tours, taking place at 12 noon and 2pm daily (£5 per person).


Artist Talk

with Caroline Broadhead and Angela Woodhouse

29 April 2017, 1-2pm, Prospect Room

For 20 years, artist Caroline Broadhead and choreographer Angela Woodhouse have created a number of acclaimed and ambitious works, often in response to historic sites. Here they offer an in-depth look at Close Distance and their research that has informed the exhibition.

Please click here to book onto this tour, tickets are £3 per person.


The Prospect Room is only accessible via a spiral staircase and so Illuminate, Nottingham Museums’ Young Arts Collective, have made a short film that documents the making of Close Distance. This will be shown on the ground floor of the Hall, which is fully accessible and runs throughout the exhibition along with embroidered costume from the museum’s Middleton loan collection, which has inspired the artists.



Close Distance has been commissioned by Nottingham City Museums and Galleries and made with the support of dancers Martina Conti, Kristian Tirsgaard, Vanio Papadelli, and Alice Labant; filming crew Luke Hicks, James Oshoba and Guy Jenkins; and studio assistants Isabella Newell and Samuel Haddow. Close Distance is part of Dance4’s Nottdance festival, taking place between 8–12 March. Nottdance 2017, Nottingham’s festival of choreographic ideas foregrounding new works, discourse and research will be five days of unexpected provocations, a place where pioneering ideas begin. For more information, please visit

Close Distance (work in progress), 2017, image by Jack Cole