A Landscape of Objects: En plein air
The Long Gallery

13.09.2017 – 08.10.2017

Ceramics created with Megan Players as part of the YoungProspectus Project.

An exhibition of art work created through Somerset Art Works’ Projects with InspirED schools. Pupils from primary schools were guided by artist Deborah Westmancoat to experience ‘en plein air’ working – to get a feel for making art outdoors and the particular rewards and challenges this brings. An Impressionistic style of painting and mark-making was explored, drawing and painting outdoors leading to an intimate knowledge and appreciation of natural surroundings.

The exhibition also showcased the Young ProspectUs project, artists working with teenagers in Pupil Referral Units in Taunton. A collection of characterful ceramics made with artist Megan Players is on display, inspired by the work of ceramicist Claire Curneen.  Winged figures and dismembered limbs, jostling among canopic jars, branches, broken pottery and birds, elements gilded in gold, suggesting golden memories, or highlights amid the good and bad experiences that make up everyone’s lives.



Buffet d’art

Buffet d’art included work by Francis Upritchard

21.05.2017 – 18.06.2017

Buffet d’art showcased an array of work by 45 artists all of whom contributed buffet sized pieces of work to be perused on a plinth. The work included sculpture, live art, film, sound, light and painting. The work,  some with delusions of grandeur, others grubby with spillage and monotonous repetition, were set to a medley of smooth and relaxing music, designed to whet the senses and heighten your experience of these buffet-inspired memories.

The exhibition was curated by Ben Joiner, Peggy Atherton and Maria Bartolo.

Artists: Rachel Lowther, Jo Addison, Doug Fishbone, Marcia Farquhar, Edwina Ashton, Keith Bowler, Alex Hartley, Mariele Neudecker, Simon Hitchens, David Cotterrell, Stuart Cumberland, Judith Dean, Dolanbay, David Donald, Kitty Finer, Adam Gillam, Louise Ashcroft, Luke Gottelier, Georgina Starr, Peggy Atherton, Eric Bainbridge, Maria Bartolo, Phil Allen, Katie Cuddon, Holly Hendry, Ian Kiaer, Renata Bandeira, Justin Fitzpatrick, Mark Wilsher, Brendan Lynch, R J Hinrichsen, Annie Davey, Peter McDonald, Pete Owen, Des Hughes, Keith Wilson, Fabian Peake, Ben Joiner, Robert Rush, Raine Smith, Sarah Pucill, Kerry Stewart, Pip Thompson, Demelza Watts and Francis Upritchard.

Regions of Light
Rev. John Eagles, Paul Desborough
Rebecca Chesney and Jem Southam

’21 March 2016′ from the work ‘a bend in the river’ by Jem Southam

18.03.17 – 02.07.17

Regions of Light showcased the historic work of painter and pet Rev.John Eagles (1783 – 1855) together with contemporary pieces by multi-media artist Rebecca Chesney, painter Paul Desborough and photographer Jem Southam.

Watch the exhibition film here.

Shifting Ground
by Stephen Smith


Sound Mirror by Stephen Smith

12.11.16 – 26.02.17

This exhibition by artist Stephen Smith was accompanied by works from the Ingram Collection of Modern British Art. Predominantly
working with painting, drawing, print and installation this exhibition was the culmination of Stephen Smith’s residency at Hestercombe.
You can view the Shifting Ground exhibition film here.

Clean Heart: A Landscape Retrospective
by Clare Woods

Splendid Ground Beetle

Clare Woods, ‘Splendid Ground Beetle’

16.07.16 – 30.10.16

This exhibition brought together key works from the artist’s career alongside new pieces made in response to Hestercombe, its gardens and landscapes. The exhibition charts her artistic journey from the raw influence of landscape to the wider human concerns of fragility, pain and vulnerability and their relationship to the natural world.

See the ‘Clean Heart’ film here.

Terrain: Land into Art

Image from Simon Faithfull's '30km' work exhibited at Hestercombe Gallery in 2016

Simon Faithfull, ’30km’, 2003

19.03.16 – 03.07.16

Terrain: Land into Art, brought together 17 artists who make artworks that respond to the natural world, including both abstract and figurative works from film, photography, sculpture, painting and the written word.

Artists included Peter Doig, Kathy Prendergast, Richard Long, Hamish Fulton, Anya Gallaccio and Simon Faithfull alongside more recent works by Gary Hume, John Stezaker, Vicken Parsons, Raphael Hefti and Tim Knowles.

View the Terrain film here.

Wish You Were Here?

Postcard artwork by Ruth Proctor entitled 'Always wanting to be somewhere else'

Ruth Proctor, ‘Always wanting to be somewhere else’, 2012

28.10.15 – 28.02.16

Selected from Jeremy Cooper’s major artists’ postcards collection, Wish You Were Here? presents works by some of today’s most famous artists.

Featuring over 200 artists including Carl Andre, Richard Long, Dieter Roth, Bruce Nauman, Joseph Beuys, Yoko Ono, Ben Vautier, Gilbert & George, Susan Hiller, Gavin Turk, Ruth Proctor, Aleksandra Mir, Julie Cockburn and Mark Wallinger amongst many others this touring exhibition is a unique opportunity to see works from the collection, some for the first time before its donation to the British Museum Prints and Drawings Department in 2018.

The Gallery exhibition is complemented by a Jeremy Cooper postcard installation at Hestercombe’s Stables Café.

See the ‘Wish You Were Here’ film here. 

Simon Bayliss: Arcadia

Artwork by Simon Bayliss, untitled

Simon Bayliss, Untitled, 2015

28.10.15 – 28.02.16

During a summer-long artist residency at Hestercombe, artist Simon Bayliss has responded to the gardens through painting en plein air and writing poetry. The resulting exhibition presents his idiosyncratic vision of Hestercombe as a pastoral utopia, accelerated using wit and fast-paced imagery.

See the ‘Arcadia’ film here.

Double Take: Photography and the Garden

Double Take

Sarah Jones, The Rose Gardens (Display) (VII), 2014, C-type print, © Sarah Jones, courtesy Maureen Paley, London.

18.07.15 – 18.10.15

Double Take: Photography and the Garden brought together photographs by Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932) with work by leading contemporary artists Sarah Jones, Helen Sear and Mark Edwards, all of whom have recorded a garden or returned to the theme of plants and gardens and whose work resonates with the historic gardens at Hestercombe.

By showing Gertrude Jekyll’s photographs alongside work by contemporary artists Double Take: Photography and the Garden will explore the richness of Jekyll’s artistic vision and her enthusiastic embrace of photography’s potential. The work on display will also demonstrate the ongoing lure of the garden for photographers and the remarkable variety of ways in which the camera can add depth to our enjoyment of the garden and help us to see familiar landscapes anew.

The exhibition was curated by Kate Best.

See the ‘Double Take: Photography and the Garden’ film here.

Catalogue available

A Personal Passion: The Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art

A Personal Passion

Dame Elisabeth Frink, Bird, 1958 © Frink Estate and image courtesy of The Ingram Collection

25.04.15 – 05.07.15

This exhibition focuses on the personal passions of art collector Chris Ingram, and showcases important works from the twentieth century to the present day. Hestercombe Gallery is open seven days a week from 25 April to 5 July.

This exhibition represents the artistic passions of art collector Chris Ingram in an exhibition titled ‘A Personal Passion: The Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art. The collection showcases important works from the twentieth century to the present day, the exhibition features sculpture, works on canvas and paper as well as film.

More recent contemporary works by artists such as Peter Howson, Ken Currie, Aleah Chapin, Ray Richardson and Suki Chan juxtaposes Modern British luminaries such as Dame Elisabeth Frink, Carel Weight, Lynn Chadwick, John Bellany, Reg Butler, Anthony Caro, Kenneth Armitage, David Bomberg, Terry Frost, RB Kitaj and Frank Auerbach.

See the ‘A Personal Passion’ film here.

SECOND SITE: New work by Jo Lathwood, Laura Ellen Bacon, Megan Calver, Simon Hitchens and Patrick Lowry

Second Site

Credit info: Jo Lathwood, Blind View # 4, 2015

31.01.15 – 12.04.15

‘Second Site’ presents new contemporary work by five artists who have responded to Hestercombe Gallery’s reclaimed spaces through exploration of Hestercombe’s history and recent re-unification between the house and gardens. The exhibition explores both exterior and interior spaces, as well as builds collaborations with others that work at Hestercombe and the surrounding areas. Jo Lathwood has been resident artist since the gallery first opened its doors to the public in May 2014, since then she has spent time in her pop-up studio absorbing the surrounding by day and by night. She has been particularly drawn to the public’s reaction to the house.

The work encapsulates a diverse range of media from drawing and sculpture, interventions to sound and film.

Catalogue available; Second Site, with essay by Sarah Kent

See the ‘Second Site’ film here

Tania Kovats, ‘Oceans’

Tania Kovats

Tania Kovats, Sea Mark, 2014

11.10.14 – 04.01.15

‘Oceans’, a solo show by Tania Kovats (b. 1966 Brighton), is the second exhibition at the Hestercombe Gallery. It presents a selection of the artist’s existing work made between 1993 and 2004 in the larger context of new work, all of which explores landscape, how we think about it, and how we experience it.

In ‘Oceans’, originally organised and presented by The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Kovats  uses the natural world both as her subject and her material. She approaches the natural environment both in terms of identifiable places – sites that can be mapped, named, inhabited and scrutinised – and as matter with properties that can be subjected to external forces and potential transformations.

Leaping the Fence

Leaping the Fence

David Bachelor, Colour Chart Painting 33 (Green) 20.06.11, 2011

24.05.14 – 14.09.14

The opening exhibition at the Hestercombe Gallery presents ground breaking artists such as Tracey Emin, Mark Wallinger, Mark Quinn, Mike Nelson and Susan Philipsz among others, many of them Turner Prize winners and nominees. In total sixteen contemporary artists who have significantly contributed to Britain’s artistic output over the past three decades are represented. The history of Hestercombe is built on artistic input – whether from artist and owner Coplestone Warre Bampfylde, who designed and laid out the landscape gardens, or by architect Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll, originally an artist, who designed and planted the formal gardens.

As Hestercombe House reunited with the rest of the estate in May 2014, it seemed fitting to have contemporary artworks inhabit the simple reclaimed spaces of the House which have been stripped back to reveal their architectural heritage.

Artists featured:

David Batchelor, Spartacus Chetwynd, Adam Chodzko, Ruth Claxton, Tracey Emin, Mark Hosking, Steve Johnson, Janice Kerbel, Tania Kovats, Mike Nelson, Susan Philipsz,Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Mark Wallinger, Bill Woodrow and Clare Woods

See the ‘Leaping the Fence’ film here

Catalogue available