We’re celebrating Hestercombe Gallery’s second birthday this year and although it’s a relative youngster in the world of art, we couldn’t be prouder of what it’s already achieved.
When the future of the house was being discussed in 2013, it was decided that with its history of landscape and artistic garden design, we needed to strengthen the bond between garden and art.
In the two years it’s been open we’ve delivered exhibitions, artists in residence, talks, seminars and workshops and we’ve shown that the gallery really is the perfect place to inspire, engage and surprise.
Tim Martin, our Gallery Curator has worked tirelessly to secure exhibits such as Tracey Emin’s neon ‘This is Another Place” and Mike Nelson’s ‘Taylor’, a constructed raft in the Portman Room, which took three days to install.
A poignant moment in the gallery’s portfolio was the exhibition ‘Double Take’, which showed the photographs of Gertrude Jekyll, co-designer of Hestercombe's Formal Garden, alongside more contemporary photographic works.
We’ve already seen so many prolific and celebrated artists within the gallery and our hope is for the gallery to become a Centre of Art and Landscape. Exciting times are ahead!
Don’t miss our next exhibition - Clean Heart: A Landscape Retrospective, which runs from July 16 until October 30 and showcases the work of Clare Woods, bringing together key works from her career alongside new works influenced by Hestercombe.