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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

Current Exhibition

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

Open-Up ~ various artists
until summer 2021

Hestercombe Gallery is proud to present Open-Up, a brand new series of outdoor artworks created 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.

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

Current exhibitions

Most Admirably Improved by Art
Until 27.09.20

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

This exhibition is now open from Wednesday to Sunday weekly until Sunday 27th September.

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

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.

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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