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

Next events at Hestercombe Gallery

Current Exhibition:

Urthworks by Ben Rivers will be open at Hestercombe Gallery from November 2019 to February 2020

Urthworks by Ben Rivers
9.11.19 – 9.2.20

Renowned artist Ben Rivers presents Urthworks at Hestercombe Gallery, from 9 November 2019 to 9 February 2020.

Urth, in Norse mythology is the goddess of fate, a giantess who personified the past. Earthworks is a novel by Brian Aldiss that imagines a future after devastating ecological breakdown. Ben Rivers makes films that explore ‘other worldliness’ in the actual world around us. Places are severed from the conventions of time past, present or future, where the line between real and imagined becomes uncertain.

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 planets geological evolution and the deep history of our cultural traditions.

Photo: courtesy of the artist and Kate MacGarry

Upcoming exhibition:

Most Admirably Improved by Art
01.03.20 – 28.06.20

Set alongside original works by Coplestone Warre Bampfylde (1720-1791), Hestercombe’s former owner, Most Admirably Improved by Art brings together four contemporary artists Charlotte Hodes, Rebecca Partridge, Kelly Richardson and Fiona Hingston, all of who, like Bampfylde, began their careers drawing and painting, and now through a range of media respond to the landscapes and the environment of today, inspired through the history of art. Bringing together a mixture of collage and ceramic installation, sculpture, film and painting this show builds links between Bampfylde’s Georgian endeavours and the concerns of artists today.

Featured artists:
Charlotte Hodes, Rebecca Partridge, Kelly Richardson and Fiona Hingston, plus Coplestone Warre Bampfylde

Hestercombe Gallery is open daily 11am – 4pm (5pm in summer).

Rebecca Partridge, Week (detail), 2017

Rebecca Partridge, Week (detail), 2017

Rebecca Partridge, Week (detail), 2017

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

Upcoming exhibition:

Coplestone Warre Bampfylde: A Gentleman of Taste
01.03.20 – 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 will open to the public on 1st March and run for a year in conjunction with several other contemporary exhibitions and many events exploring the fascinating life of this influential person as part of Bampfylde 300. This exhibition is open from 1st March 2020 until February 2021.

Previous exhibitions at Hestercombe Gallery

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: 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

Simon Faithfull – Elsewhen
9.3.19 – 30.6.19

The solo exhibition ‘Elsewhen’ brings together a series of works and interventions by internationally acclaimed artist Simon Faithfull that collectively act as a kind of orientation device for both the artist and the visitor to Hestercombe Gallery.

Featured artist:
Simon Faithfull

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