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Previous Exhibitions at Hestercombe Gallery

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

Most Admirably Improved by Art
Charlotte Hodes, Rebecca Partridge, Kelly Richardson, Fiona Hingston with Coplestone Warre Bampfylde (1720-1791)

01.03.20 – 27.09.20

Most Admirably Improved by Art, an exhibition of contemporary works, is set alongside original works by Coplestone Warre Bampfylde (1720-1791), Hestercombe’s former owner.

The show brings together four female 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. Inspired through the history of art, and 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.

Image: Rebecca Partridge, Week (detail), 2017

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

Ben Rivers - Urthworks - Hestercombe GalleryBen Rivers Urthworks

09.11.19 – 09.02.20

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

Liz Nicol, Thiepval, gelatin silver print, 2019 - part of Where function ends, an exhibition in response to Sir Edwin Lutyens at Hestercombe Gallery

Liz Nicol, Thiepval, gelatin silver print, 2019

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.

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

Join Hestercombe Contemporary Art Gallery and Simon Faithfull for exhibition 'Elsewhen'

Image: ‘Quenanville as Antipode’ (detail), slideshow + 11 digital prints, 2014

Simon Faithfull: Elsewhen

09.03.19 – 30.06.19

The solo exhibition ‘Elsewhen’ brought 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.

Faithfull often tries to bring back personal accounts of far-flung places and to create what he calls ‘An Expanding Atlas of Subjectivity’. More importantly though, the artworks also try to connect the local, everyday scale of our normal lives to the wider, global scale of the planet. Faithfull’s works for this exhibition were selected in an attempt to place the viewer against a planetary scale of both space and time.

Materiality: provisional states showcases new work at Hestercombe Contemporary Art Gallery

Materiality: provisional states took place from November 10 until February 24, 2019, at Hestercombe Gallery and featured exhibits using a range of media from photography, sculpture to drawing and text.

Materiality: Provisional States

10.11.2018 – 24.02.2019

Featured artists:
Sarah Bennett, Megan Calver and Philippa Lawrence

A contemporary art exhibition inspired by the surroundings of Hestercombe showcased the work of three artists in autumn/winter 2018.

Sarah BennettMegan Calver and Philippa Lawrence directly engaged with Hestercombe House and Gardens over three years and the resulting exhibition developed from these experiences. It featured exhibits using a range of media from photography, sculpture to drawing and text.

Collectively interested in issues related to labour and the management of landscape and nature, Materiality: provisional states aimed to examine and critique human and non-human centred activity found in Hestercombe’s past and present. The exhibition stemmed from archival research as well as ‘Disclosures and Dialogues’, a series of dialogue sessions with artists, curators, historians, academics and garden practitioners.

Helen Sears' exhibition, Prospect Refuge Hazard 2 at Hestercombe Contemporary Art Gallery in Somerset

Helen Sear, Forest Operations, 2018, Giclée print

Prospect Refuge Hazard 2

14.07.2018 – 28.10.2018

Featured artists:
helen Sear

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.

John Newling, Value; Coin, Note and Eclipse, Mixed Media, 2011

Cultivation: Points of Vantage

17.03.2018 – 01.07.2018

Featured artists:
Anna Barriball; George Shaw; John Brown; John Newling; Mariele Neudecker; Mary Griffiths; Mary McIntyre; Mikhail Karikis.

This Hestercombe Gallery exhibition unearthed the unique perspectives and pathways that eight artists have taken in responding to the world around us.

Abandoned landscapes link the work of George Shaw, Mariele Neudecker and Mikhail Karikis. Using Humbrol enamel paint, sculpture, video and sound respectively these artists mine landmarks from the UK to Devil’s Valley in Italy to present us with meticulous and rich evocations of place and memory.

Mary McIntyre and John Brown both use photography, in differing ways, to explore notions of Romanticism, beliefs and landscape. John Newling, however, manipulates the land and horticulture itself to investigate time, currency and value.

Traces of time and materials also link Anna Barriball and Mary Griffiths, who are both interested in the relationship between two-dimensional drawing and three-dimensional space, and the ways in which drawings, in this case use graphite, might be seen as objects.

The artists in residence in the Orkney Isles

Odyssean: Topographies
Natasha Rosling, Alexander Stevenson, Alistair Grant, Simon Lee Dicker

18.11.2017 – 25.02.2018

How is technology changing our relationship to landscape? Four artists reconsider the physical world through sound, sculpture, food, film and digital animation.

During 2015-16, Natasha Rosling, Alexander Stevenson, Alistair Grant and Simon Lee Dicker instigated a series of artist residencies across the Orkney Isles. From different locations – a remote bothy, a lighthouse, a beachside golf course and a burial chamber – each artist developed distinctive connections with the archipelago, its human stories and extraordinary geography.

Odyssean: Topographies draws together common themes in their practices, including the mapping of invisible or imagined spaces, and the experience of physical and emotional remoteness. Sited in the galleries and gardens of Hestercombe, the exhibition responds to its surroundings: a landscape at once historic and contemporary, highly managed and equally wild.

Watch a short film about the exhibition here.

Miss Warre (cascade), C-type print, 2017 © Trish Morrissey

Trish Morrissey: A Certain Slant of Light

18.11.2017 – 25.02.2018

Trish Morrissey works with photography, film and video. As Hestercombe’s 2017 Artist in residence, she made a major new body of work

about the lives of Miss Warre (1790 – 1872) and Mrs Portman (1854 – 1951), women who at different times in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries ran the Hestercombe estate. Drawing on sources from the Hestercombe archive, Morrissey’s new work also explored themes of class, gender and role play, body and gesture, the language of photography, and the relation between public and private.

This exhibition was the first presentation of two films and two series of photographs made by Morrissey in and around Hestercombe during 2017, shown alongside some of the archival material that inspired them.

Watch a short film about the exhibition here.

Tim Knowles, Stepped ink pours, 2017

Dynamics of Drifting
Tim Knowles

15.09.2017 – 05.11.2017

This exhibition was the first solo exhibition of artist Tim Knowles’s work since 2014 and the most extensive presentation of his work at the time.

‘Dynamics of Drifting’ presented a series of work that forge and record passages through land and water. Light, ink, water and wind all travel and pivot on the meeting of human will and forces beyond our control: the direction and force of the wind, the flow of the water and the pull of gravity.

Tim Knowles exhibits work internationally, most recently as part of ‘And what, for example, am I now seeing?’ at Galleria Continua in Paris; ‘Precarious Nature’, a new commission for Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch, New Zealand; ‘Lines of Transparency’ MSK Ghent; and ‘Second Autumn’ Art Stations, Poznan. He also participated in Nuit Blanche Toronto in 2015 with a major public work.

Watch a short film about the exhibition here.

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

A Landscape of Objects: En plein air
The Long Gallery

13.09.2017 – 08.10.2017

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 included work by Francis Upritchard

Buffet d’art

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.

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

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


Sound Mirror by Stephen Smith

Shifting Ground
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.

Splendid Ground Beetle

Clare Woods, ‘Splendid Ground Beetle’

Clean Heart: A Landscape Retrospective
by Clare Woods

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.

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

Simon Faithfull, ’30km’, 2003

Terrain: Land into Art

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.

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

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

Wish You Were Here?

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.

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.

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