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Open-Up: Outdoor Gallery Exhibition - 19th August 2020

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Jon England's 'The Last Nail - Lancaster Bomber' is part of Open Up at Hestercombe Gallery, Taunton
Jon England's 'The Last Nail - Lancaster Bomber' is part of Open Up exhibition for Hestercombe Gallery

‘The Last Nail – Lancaster Cockpit’ by Jon England

Open-Up is a brand new series of outdoor artworks commissioned by Hestercombe Gallery in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

This new outdoor exhibition features eight artists with intimate knowledge of Hestercombe, many of whom have responded to the landscapes on the estate in the past. The works, on display across all three of the period gardens at Hestercombe and beyond, range from subtle interventions involving copper plant tags, pigeon rings and galvanised nails, to bold stacked colours, giant bunting and orchard ladders.

All artwork will be installed and opened at different times during August and the beginning of September.

Artists featured include Richard Long, Sarah Bennett, Megan Calver with Gabrielle Hoad, Jon England, Jo Lathwood, Philippa Lawrence and Lucy Soni.

Jackdaw Line by Richard Long, in the Landscape Garden at Hestercombe Gardens, July 2020

‘Jackdaw Line’ by Richard Long

About Open-Up

In July we launched Jackdaw Line in Hestercombe’s Georgian Landscape Garden, a new stone work by internationally renowned artist Richard Long. This work has become the flagship commission of a new outdoor series, entitled ‘Open-Up’.

Originally programmed for May 2020 as part of Hestercombe’s Bampfylde300 year of celebrations, Jackdaw Line was postponed due to Covid-19. The existing indoor exhibitions, Coplestone Warre Bampfylde: A Gentleman of Taste, and Most Admirably Improved by Art, have both been closed since Hestercombe temporarily shut in late March 2020. This enforced closure created a reaction that reimagined the way that artworks are presented in a way that is made safe and accessible for visitors for the current social distancing environment at Hestercombe.

At a time when most UK galleries remain closed it seemed fitting to follow Jackdaw Line with further outdoor works that not only respond to the gardens, but reflect on the unprecedented times faced by a global society, with a virus at its root.

Times & Tickets

Richard Long’s Jackdaw Line along with other artworks in the Open-Up series can be seen at Hestercombe from Wednesday to Sunday each week, 10am – 6pm (last entry 3.30pm). At the time of publication, all visits must be pre-booked online by 5pm on the day before you wish to travel.

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For further information, please see the Open Up press release.


Wed, 19th Aug, 2020 at 10:00 am
Sun, 27th Jun at 4:00 pm
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