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*Please note, due to the latest Government announcement that Somerset (including Taunton) is placed into Tier 3 restrictions from 26th December, the House (including the Gallery, Gift Shop, and Second-hand Bookshop) is temporarily closed. Read our Coronavirus updates webpage for further information regarding your visit.

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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.

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

What’s On at Hestercombe Gallery

Upcoming Exhibition

Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © Susan Derge

Image: Susan Derges, ’the Observer and the Observed’, 1992, Gelatin silver print. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © Susan Derges

Landscape Portrait: Now and Then
13 March – 6 June 2021

Landscape Portrait: Now and Then explores the links between landscape painting and portraiture at Hestercombe since the eighteenth century, juxtaposing this history with contemporary works from the past sixty years.

Opening 13 March 2021, the show brings works by Andy WarholDerek JarmanClaudette JohnsonSusan DergesLeon KossoffPatrick CaulfieldGilbert and George and Balraj Khanna to Somerset for the first time.

Shown across all seven galleries in Hestercombe House, historic works by artists such as C.W. Bampfylde (1720-1791), the Rev John Eagles (1783–1855) and Henry Moon (1857-1905), are interspersed with contemporary pieces by twenty artists, several of which are new commissions.

Find out more about Landscape Portrait: Now and Then

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

Current exhibition

Open-Up ~ various artists
until summer 2021

Hestercombe Gallery presents Open-Up, a series of outdoor artworks created in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

This 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.

Artists featured include Richard LongSarah BennettMegan Calver with Gabrielle HoadJon EnglandJo Lathwood, Philippa Lawrence and Lucy Soni.

Pictured: Jackdaw Line by Richard Long. Photo: Jon England

Rebecca Partridge, Week (detail), 2017

Portrait of C. W. Bampfylde by J. Wootton c.1740. Detail

Current exhibition

Coplestone Warre Bampfylde: A Gentleman of Taste
Until 21.02.21

To celebrate Coplestone Warre Bampfylde’s life and his importance to the history of Hestercombe and the South West, we bring together the largest survey of his original artworks and objects ever seen in one place, through the exhibition A Gentleman of Taste.

Born 300 years ago, on 28th February 1720, C. W. Bampfylde was a talented and multifaceted ‘amateur’ artist. As the former owner of Hestercombe, he designed and built the now restored C18th landscape garden, in addition to producing a swathe of landscape and topographical sketches, paintings and etchings both at Hestercombe and throughout the South West.

This archival exhibition is running in conjunction with several other contemporary exhibitions and events exploring the fascinating life of this influential person as part of Bampfylde 300.

This exhibition is scheduled to remain at Hestercombe until February 2021, and is now open weekly from Wednesday to Sunday, 11am-3pm.

'Week' 2017 detail Rebecca Partridge, for Most Admirably Improved by Art at Hestercombe Gallery

Most Admirably Improved by Art
1.3.20 – 27.9.20

Most Admirably Improved by Art is set alongside original works by Coplestone Warre Bampfylde (1720-1791), Hestercombe’s former owner, and brings together four contemporary artists, all of whom, like Bampfylde, began their careers drawing and painting. Now, through a range of media they respond to the landscapes and the environment of today.

Featured artists:
Charlotte Hodes, Rebecca Partridge, Kelly Richardson and Fiona Hingston

Image: ‘Week’ 2017 detail, Rebecca Partridge

urthworks

Ben Rivers – Urthworks
9.11.19 – 9.2.20

Urthworks is the culmination of a long term collaboration between Ben Rivers and science fiction writer Mark von Schlegell. At the heart of the show is a trilogy of films that explore our planet’s geological evolution and the deep history of our cultural traditions.

Photo: courtesy of the artist and Kate MacGarry

Featured artist:
Ben Rivers

Where Function Ends

Where Function Ends: Responses to the architecture of Sir Edwin Lutyens
14.07.19 – 27.10.19

To mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944), Hestercombe Gallery presented Where Function Ends, including new work by three artists that responds to the legacy of the man whose designs transformed the Hestercombe site.

Featured artists: Alex Hartley, Liz Nicol and Oliver Sutherland

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