Contemporary Art at Hestercombe Gallery

Hestercombe Contemporary Art Gallery aims to present the best in contemporary arts practice whilst focusing on the relationship between art and landscape. We aim to be a place where art is not just shown but where artists and designers can explore, collaborate, research and respond to make new work through residencies and commissions.

Hestercombe has always had a place at the leading edge of creativity, from Coplestone Warre Bampfylde’s groundbreaking landscape garden design with its borrowed views, to Gertrude Jeykyll and Sir Edwin Lutyens’ collaboration that pushed the boundaries of garden design and planting in the formal gardens.

Based in the historic Hestercombe House, the Contemporary Art Gallery is open daily 11am – 5pm, and entry is via our Ticket Office.

Please note, the Gallery is not yet wheelchair accessible; however for all of our exhibitions we display a documentary-style film on the ground floor. 

Hestercombe Contemporary Art Gallery in Somerset aims to present the best in contemporary arts practice


Previous Exhibition

Prospect Refuge Hazard 2
14.07.18 – 28.10.18

This exhibition presented a new and recent body of work by internationally acclaimed artist Helen Sear, whose practice can be characterised by her exploration of the crossover between photography and fine art and her focus on the co-existence of the human, animal and natural worlds. Consisting of works made since 2015 it is her most ambitious exhibition in the UK to date.

Featured artists:
helen Sear

Current Exhibitions:

Materiality: provisional states
10.11.18 – 24.02.19

An exhibition inspired by the surroundings of Hestercombe showcases the work of three artists who have been directly engaged with us over three years. Collectively interested in issues related to labour and the management of landscape and nature, the exhibition aims to examine and critique human and non-human centred activity found in Hestercombe’s past and present.

Featured artists:
Sarah Bennett, Megan Calver, Philippa Lawrence

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