This autumn, Cumberland Lodge is hosting 'In the Heart', a new exhibition of sketches and drawings inspired by the Lodge and its Great Park surroundings through the seasons, by local artist and musician Christina Al-Wakil.
Christina was a member of our Housekeeping team for many years, and this is her third exhibition at Cumberland Lodge. All the works on display are available to purchase.
'In the Heart' has been installed in our main hallway. It highlights many of the details and aspects of Cumberland Lodge that might otherwise go un-noticed.
Public open mornings
Members of the public are warmly welcomed to come and view the works at any of our public open mornings in the run-up to Christmas.
These will be held from 9-11am on the following Saturdays: 5 October, 19 October, 2 November, 16 November and 14 December.
Christina will be present at all the open mornings, to talk to visitors about her work and the inspiration behind it.
Admission is free and all are welcome. There is no need to book in advance.
About the artist
Christina comes from a family of artists, actors, historians and writers.
She is the granddaughter of the late Major Francis Jones, a historian who once resided in the cottages at Cumberland Lodge. He was given the revived historic title of 'Wales Herald of Arms Extraordinary', ahead of the investiture of Prince Charles as Princes of Wales at Caernarfon Castle, in 1969.
Christina’s father was the late Iraqi sculptor, Abdul Rahim Al-Wakil, whose sculptures were exhibited alongside the likes of Picasso, John Piper and Sir Stanley Spencer. Her mother Anne Jones was a Welsh-born artist and scholar.
'Inspiring thoughts and positivity'
Talking about 'In the Heart', Christina said, ‘The Great Park shows its colours through magnificent displays, all year-round, and I never fail to notice them and to be filled with inspiring thoughts and positivity, as I travel in through Bishops Gate.
'I welcome you to come along and let these sketches and drawings take you on your own journey.’