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


Current Exhibition

Simon Faithfull – Elsewhen
09.03.19 – 30.06.19

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. Many of Faithfull’s works endeavour to subjectively map the planet that the artist finds himself on – attempting to understand his place in both time and space.

Featured artist:
Simon Faithfull

Upcoming Exhibition

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 presents new work by three artists that responds to the legacy of the man whose designs transformed the Hestercombe site.

The Formal Garden at Hestercombe, built for the Portman family between 1904 and 1908, is one of the finest and most ambitious examples of Lutyens’ garden design partnership with Gertrude Jekyll.

Featured artists:
Alex Hartley, Liz Nicol and Oliver Sutherland

Liz Nicol, Thiepval, gelatin silver print, 2019

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

Previous Exhibition

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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