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The opening exhibition at Hestercombe Gallery presents groundbreaking 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 was 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.
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