Artists In Residence

Belvoir Castle Artist in Residence – Sculptor

The Duchess of Rutland first welcomed award-winning sculptor Laury Dizengremel as artist-in-residence for the Belvoir Castle Estate in the autumn of 2010.

Since then, Laury has worked in a variety of ways to engage a number of stakeholders in the surrounding communities, including conducting school workshops and engaging hundreds of students in hands-on sculpture activities.

Having created bronze busts now located throughout in the Castle of Lady Violet, Lady Alice, Lady Eliza, Lord Charles Manners and Lord Hugo as well as that of the Duchess herself, Laury’s artistic contributions on the Estate include a number of whimsical willow sculptures for visitors to enjoy in the public gardens as well as a pair of “Rearing Horses” in the shoot area. She also recently created  a “Peacock” sculpture for a new Obelisk atop a hill overlooking parkland restored within the context of the ‘Capability’ Brown project which was documented by Alan Titchmarsh for a Channel 4 programme following the Duchess working with her staff to implement some of Brown’s designs for the Estate.

Laury’s  various endeavours in the community on behalf of the Belvoir Castle Estate such as her participation in the Gravity Fields Festival with her “Newton Wheel” sculpture have been and continue to be a positive addition to the area. She welcomes further requests for community workshops, as well as private students for master classes, after-school or school holiday workshops in her studio in Knipton and is always happy to receive enquiries for private, corporate or public commissions. Tel: 01476 879071 / 07725 555048 or email

To see Laury in action – click this link 

Timothy Grayson is a poet, playwright and Cultural Ambassador for Leicester City. He is also a regular scriptwriter for BBC Radio Leicester, Patron of the Royal Society of Literature, Co-Founder of the Brothellian movement for the progression of the arts, and British host of international literary show ‘The Poetry Brothel’ (others in Chicago, Barcelona, New York, Paris, New Orleans, Athens and Vietnam). Grayson’s diverse performance history involves NYC strippers, Hispanic revolutionaries and the British peerage, and he has received numerous words of gratitude and commendation from members of the latter, including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Alexander George Thynn, 7th Marquess of Bath, and John Spencer-Churchill, the recently departed 11th Duke of Marlborough. His influences vary but he is largely inspired by truth, mythology, love, honour and revolution.

As Poet in Residence, Timothy can be booked to perform at a variety of events at the Castle and beyond. With enough notice, his nomadic troupe of Brothellian poets, artists, musicians, authors, acrobats, fire artists, fortune tellers, stilt walkers, artisans, singers, magicians, burlesque dancers and other performers may be booked to accompany him. He has a waiting list of six months for commissioned poetry with a standard delivery time of twelve-eighteen months from the date of booking. He welcomes all enquiries by telephone or email:

+44 (0) 773 77 77 825

Joe Caneen is a professional videographer who has been living on the Belvoir Castle estate since September 2010 along with his wife, sculptor and artist in residence Laury Dizengremel.

We are now welcoming Joe as Belvoir Video Artist in Residence in his own right.

Under his Video Whisperer business name, Joe has created several dynamic videos for the Belvoir shoot,  Belvoir Castle Cricket Trust and for the weddings team.

He has also produced many successful videos for businesses across the UK and especially in the Midlands all of which have generated almost half a million views on his YouTube Channel.

Joe is happy to provide advice and free quotations for any video project.


Luci Maclaren was born in Perth, Scotland. After studying History of Art at St Andrews University, she spent much of her time travelling, until 2004, she trained in Fine Art at Santa Monica College, Los Angeles. She shortly after exhibited her first solo exhibition at the Karen Lynne Gallery, Beverly Hills.

In 2011, she was appointed the “Belvoir Castle Shoot Artist” by the Duke and Duchess of Rutland. It was here she discovered a talent for capturing the character of people on a days shoot.


Andrew Bates

Portraits, Country Sports, Equestrian, Landscapes and Bespoke Fine Art

The traditional British countryside and way of life has had a powerful influence on artist Andrew Bates and is represented in his fine works. Andrew has been inspired by the classic periods and emulates their techniques, whilst allowing his own unique style to shine through. His preferred medium is oil on canvas. Between commissions, the main body of which are portraits, Andrew also executes dynamic landscape and bespoke equestrian paintings. However his range encompasses all aspects of country sport and are inspired by his locality.

Andrew can be available to attend events held at Belvoir Castle, from shoots in the field to a classic summer’s day in the gardens. If you would like to record a precious time in your life and commission a painting, Andrew would be very happy to discuss it with you.

Prices on application. All paintings produced in oil on canvas. Booking notice is required in advance to ensure availability. Framing can also be arranged.

To contact or discuss a commission with Andrew please telephone 07734 853 050 or email