Damaris Horan Fellowship

The Damaris Horan Fellowship

Horan Fellow Justin Kegley uses drone photography to capture Capability Brown landscapes from a new perspective.

Horan Fellow Justin Kegley uses drone photography to capture Capability Brown landscapes from a new perspective.

The Damaris Horan Fellowship provides talented Americans with a serious interest in landscape history and gardening a chance to experience the National Trust first-hand. Royal Oak is grateful to the Trust for offering this educational opportunity and to The Mudge Foundation for making these fellowships possible through its generous support. It is awarded biennially.

The Damaris Horan Fellowship was established by The Mudge Foundation and named for Royal Oak’s Executive Director from 1987 to 2003. Royal Oak is grateful to the Trust for offering this educational opportunity and to The Mudge Foundation for making these fellowships possible through its generous support.

*Applications Now Open* Applications Open for 2017 Damaris Horan Prize in Landscape History in Honor of Roger Tutt

“The Gardens as Seen by the Visitor”

Thanks to the support of the Mudge Foundation, Royal Oak is pleased to offer the 2017 Horan Prize Fellowship, focused on research into the current situation in highly visited gardens, looking at both the physical nature of the garden and also the experience of visitors to inform recommendations. The winner should have experience in operating in a major heritage garden together with an understanding of the challenges faced in both the physical management and visitor access of the site, a level of education and qualifications that would be associated with a (junior) professional in heritage garden management, an awareness of both the conservation and commercial aspects of heritage gardens, and be self-motivated with a can do attitude.

The fellowship will last 6 to 8 weeks beginning in Summer 2017 in England and Wales, to include a busy holiday season and a Bank Holiday. The student will be based at the National Trust Alcester Hub and will also have periods of study at garden locations across the U.K., working Monday to Friday. A laptop computer (& mobile phone) will be provided together with access to reasonable business support. Supervision and mentoring will be provided by Garden Consultants. Bed & breakfast accommodation will be identified for the duration of the study. We will seek out those offering a degree of self-catering. Transport will be provided as and when necessary. (The applicant should have a full U.K. valid/international driving license). There will be the opportunity at weekends for the student to visit heritage and other sites and partake in their own leisure and travel activities.

Royal Oak will provide a stipend of $5,000 and travel subsidy of $1,500. To apply please download the application and contact agoldman@royal-oak.org with any questions.

The 2015 Horan Fellowship
The View From Above: Capturing Capability Brown’s Masterpieces

Royal Oak is pleased to announce that Justin Kegley was named the Foundation’s Horan Fellow for 2015. Justin used cutting-edge drone photography to document Lancelot “Capability” Brown landscapes protected by the National Trust. The footage will ultimately be used in conjunction with the 300th anniversary celebration of Brown’s birth in 2016.

While Justin is still working on his final video project, he cut a behind-the-scenes preview that shows off the rare vantage point he gained in filming Capability Brown’s timeless landscapes from above.

Capability Brown is legendary for his work on the English countryside, creating breathtaking scenery at places such as Croome Court, Stowe and more. Justin’s work will enrich the National Trust’s understanding and celebration of these special places by capturing their majesty from new perspectives.

Justin is not only an experienced filmmaker, but has also worked as a landscaper; and these overlapping areas of expertise have informed his fellowship engagement. “Both disciplines have helped me to think in terms of three-dimensional space being reduced to two-dimensional images: how do I convey that sense of three-dimensional space in a two-dimensional visual medium? That is the current challenge of this video project.”

Justin is tackling this challenge with enthusiasm and is grateful for the support of Royal Oak members. “Only a few months ago, I never would have anticipated such an opportunity for cultural exchange and technological creativity. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your interest and support!”