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May, 2017

‘Buffet d’Art’

Sun, 21st May, 2017 at 11:00 am to Sun, 18th Jun, 2017 at 5:00 pm
Hestercombe Gardens, Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton,SomersetTA2 8LGUnited Kingdom
Buffet d’art showcases an array of work by 45 artists, all of whom have been invited to bring along a buffet sized piece of work, to be perused on a plinth. The work includes sculpture, live art, film, sound, light and painting. The show is a meleè of mismatched yet aspiring works, some with delusions of grandeur, others grubby with spillage and monotonous repetition, set to a medley of smooth and relaxing music, designed to whet the senses and heighten your experience of…

Nov, 2017

Trish Morrissey: A Certain Slant of Light

Sat, 18th Nov, 2017 to Sun, 25th Feb, 2018
Hestercombe Gardens, Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton,SomersetTA2 8LGUnited Kingdom
Trish Morrissey works with photography, film and video. As Hestercombe’s 2017 Artist in residence, she has 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 explores themes of class, gender and role play, body and gesture, the language of photography,…

Mar, 2018

Meet the artist: Philippa Lawrence

Sat, 10th Mar, 2018 to Sun, 11th Mar, 2018
Hestercombe Gardens, Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton,SomersetTA2 8LGUnited Kingdom
Trace, a new site-responsive work for Hestercombe by Philippa Lawrence, is the culmination of an extensive study of tree trunks, ancient and new, within its grounds. The simple, bold enamels are positioned on flagstones of a walkway that links two formal gardens Jekyll garden, the Dutch Garden through the Orangery. Meet the artist Philippa Lawrence will be available 11am – 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday to talk about her work.

Jul, 2018

prospect refuge hazard 2 by Helen Sear

Sat, 14th Jul, 2018 to Sun, 28th Oct, 2018
Hestercombe Gardens, Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton,SomersetTA2 8LGUnited Kingdom
Helen Sears' exhibition, Prospect Refuge Hazard 2 at Hestercombe Contemporary Art Gallery in Somerset
This exhibition presents 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. The Hestercombe Gallery is open every day 11 – 5pm  

Gertrude Jekyll: An Artist’s Eye

Sat, 21st Jul, 2018 to Sun, 23rd Sep, 2018
Hestercombe Gardens, Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton,SomersetTA2 8LGUnited Kingdom
We celebrate garden designer Gertrude Jekyll for International Women's Day at Hestercombe
This year marks the 175th birthday of extraordinary garden designer Gertrude Jekyll. Her collaboration with renowned architect Edwin Lutyens here at Hestercombe, on his only garden commission, is arguably the greatest example of their work. Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932) was a multi-talented artist, craftswoman, writer, photographer, nurserywoman and garden designer. This eminent horticulturalist created more than 400 gardens across the UK, Europe and America. As an artist first and foremost, Jekyll worked in many mediums before turning her hand to gardening when…

Oct, 2018

Disrupted Views: seminar with artist Helen Sear

Tue, 2nd Oct, 2018 at 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Hestercombe Gardens, Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton,SomersetTA2 8LGUnited Kingdom
Referring to the title of Helen Sear’s current exhibition in Hestercombe Gallery, Prospect Refuge Hazard 2, and drawing on the theory posited by Jay Appleton in his 1975 book The Experience of Landscape, this seminar will consider contemporary links between beauty and survival, in the context of the works in the exhibition, the history of landscape gardens and more broadly our human relationships with the surrounding environment. Artist Helen Sear will be joined by French academic Dr Laurent Châtel, Professor…

Nov, 2018

Materiality: provisional states

Sat, 10th Nov, 2018 at 11:00 am to Sun, 24th Feb, 2019 at 4:00 pm
Hestercombe Gardens, Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton,SomersetTA2 8LGUnited Kingdom
The art exhibition Materiality: provisional states showcases new work at Hestercombe Contemporary Art Gallery
A contemporary art exhibition inspired by the surroundings of Hestercombe will showcase the work of three artists this autumn/winter. Sarah Bennett, Megan Calver and Philippa Lawrence have been directly engaged with Hestercombe House and Gardens over three years and the resulting exhibition has developed from these experiences. It features 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 aims to…

Jan, 2019

Silverpoint Workshop with artist Sarah Bennett *SOLD OUT*

£20
Fri, 25th Jan at 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Hestercombe Gardens, Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton,SomersetTA2 8LGUnited Kingdom
*PLEASE NOTE: this event is now sold out* Join renowned artist Sarah Bennett for a silverpoint workshop at Hestercombe on Friday 25 January 2019. Materials will be provided. Spaces are limited so early booking is advised. Sarah is one of three artists featured in Hestercombe Gallery’s exhibition, Materiality: provisional states. Inspired by the surroundings of Hestercombe, this exhibition showcases the work of artists Sarah Bennett, Megan Calver and Philippa Lawrence who have been directly engaged with us over three years.…

Feb, 2019

‘Materiality Disclosed’ Seminar

£10
Fri, 15th Feb at 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Hestercombe Gardens, Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton,SomersetTA2 8LGUnited Kingdom
This seminar explores the themes found in the exhibition, Materiality: provisional states.  Speakers include Irish poet, novelist and curator Cherry Smyth, who has written an essay for the exhibition catalogue which will be launched at this event. Artists Sarah Bennett, Megan Calver and Philippa Lawrence will also speak about their individual approaches to making art. There will be an opportunity to see the exhibition and discuss the work. Refreshments will be provided. Tickets: £10 About Materiality: provisional states Inspired by…

Mar, 2019

Elsewhen: Performance Lecture – with Simon Faithfull

£10
Sat, 9th Mar at 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Hestercombe Gardens, Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton,SomersetTA2 8LGUnited Kingdom
Join Hestercombe Gallery and artist Simon Faithfull for a performance lecture on 9th March 2019, contemporary art in Somerset
  Elsewhen: Performance Lecture – with Simon Faithfull A performance lecture looking at the history, allure and possible evaporation of the place called ‘Nowhere’ and imaging a point outside time called ‘Elsewhen’. The last piece of the global atlas to be filled-in was the empty white continent of Antarctica. Since this landmass was finally traversed and mapped there now remains no ‘Terra Incognita’ left on this planet. Given that the grid of measured time and space on this planet is…