Orleans House Gallery

The Gibbs-designed Octagon Room
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Orleans House has a rich and vibrant history, from the baroque Octagon room, which was designed by renowned architect James Gibbs, to a main gallery which hosts five temporary exhibitions each year - ranging from the historical to the contemporary. We attract over 56,000 visitors annually.

The Stables Gallery is housed in evocative 19th century stables buildings and stages approximately seven contemporary and community exhibitions a year.

Visitors of all ages can try out their own artistic talents in a pre-booked workshop, or to soak up more history, Marble Hill Park and Ham House are nearby.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday – Sunday: 10am-5pm

Admission charges

Free Admission

Getting there

You can get to us by catching a South West train to St Margaret's.

Alternatively, you can catch a District Line train to Richmond and catch a South West Train to St Margaret's (1 stop) or catch any of the following buses and alight at The Crown Pub/Lebanon Park; 33, 490, H22, R68, R70 and 290.

Additional info

Wheelchair access to the ground floor of Orleans House Gallery, Octagon Room, the Coach House, the Stables Gallery, the Stables Café and the artist in residence studio.

Limited free car parking space is available within the grounds. Vehicle access via Orleans Road only.

Orleans House Gallery looks after the prestigious Richmond Borough Art Collection. The collection of over 2,700 paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints, photographs and objects primarily comprises local topographical views of the Twickenham and Richmond riverside, dating from the late eighteenth century to the present day.

The core of the collection, comprising almost 467 works, was founded on the death of Mrs Nellie Ionides in 1962. Since then, the Ionides Collection has been expanded by subsequent gifts, purchases and bequests, notably the Paton Collection of 1,200 works left to the gallery in 1994 and the Gill Collection of 61 local views gifted in 2001. The gallery also houses works and personal effects relating to the nineteenth century explorer Sir Richard Burton, who is buried in nearby Mortlake.

Works from the collection are regularly incorporated into the exhibition programme and are featured in the changing In Focus and cafe displays. Works from the collection are alos on loan to the Museum of Richmond and Old Town Hall.

Researchers are welcome to view works from the collection by prior appointment. Please address all corresondence and queries to the curator Mark De Novellis - m.denovellis@richmond.gov.uk.

A catalogue of highlights from the Richmond Borough Art Collection and Orleans House: A Histroy are available from the gallery shop - tel: 020 8831 6000.

Collection details

Photography, Personalities, Fine Art, Costume and Textiles, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • The collection is strong on 18th and 19th century English topographical views. Highlights include an early from from Richmond Hill by Leonard Knyff and the earliest surviving view of the Twickenham riverside by Peter Tillemans. Other eighteenth century artists include Samuel Scott, Thomas Rowlandson, Pieter Andreas Rysbrack and landscapes by William Marlow. Nineteenth century artists include Richmond painter George Hilditch, Henry Pether, Jean Baptiste Camille Corot and Frederick Leighton. Recent additions include work by the autistic artists Stephen Wiltshire and David Downes.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

"Twickenham's War" - The Frame at Diamond Jubilee Gardens

  • 27 June 2015 — 1 January 2018 *on now

"Twickenham's War" was produced by Jane Porter and Sue Edkins, working with St Stephen's C of E Junior School, St Stephen's Church Monday Fellowship Group, the 'Will and Way' Group at the Greenwood Centre Hampton, and local families. Inspired by Twickenham's role in the First World War, this community art project commemorates local sporting heroes at the Front, the Belgian refugee community in East Twickenham, and the role of Richmond Park during the war, through the medium of collage, monoprint, and children's drawings.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Frame, Diamond Jubilee Gardens
The Embankment
Twickenham
TW1 3SU

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Family Activities for under 5s

Family Activities for Early Years

  • 5 June — 4 December 2015 *on now

Learn, play and explore in our multi-sensory sessions designed to encourage creativity, curiosity and develop skills in communication, co-ordination and social interaction.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

Vary for activities

Website

http://www.richmond.gov.uk/home/services/arts/orleans_house_gallery/education_at_orleans_house_gallery/activities_for_families_at_orleans_house_gallery.htm

Sunday Afternoon Art

Sunday Afternoon Art

  • 7 June — 6 December 2015 *on now

First Sunday of each month 2pm to 3.30pm
Coach House, opposite the cafe
£3 first child, £1.50 additional siblings/children aged 4+
No booking necessary

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3 per child / £1.50 additional siblings

Website

http://www.richmond.gov.uk/home/services/arts/orleans_house_gallery/education_at_orleans_house_gallery/activities_for_families_at_orleans_house_gallery/sunday_afternoon_art_class.htm

Holiday Activities

Holiday Activities

  • 27 July — 14 August 2015

Fill your holidays with creativity! We offer a range of full and half day workshops for early years, children and young people. Visit the gallery exhibition and work with professional artists specialising in a range of different techniques from drawing, painting and print-making to sculpture and textiles.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 11-13
  • 5-6

Admission

Vary depending on activity. Must book online

Website

http://www.richmond.gov.uk/home/services/arts/orleans_house_gallery/education_at_orleans_house_gallery/art_clubs_and_holiday_activities/holiday_activities.htm

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Holiday Activities

For information on forthcoming events at Orleans House Gallery, please call 020 8831 6000. Activities to look out for are our free drop in Sunday Fundays (suitable for the under 5s) and artist-led exhibition based holiday activities for 5-10 year olds.

Getting there

You can get to us by catching a South West train to St Margaret's.

Alternatively, you can catch a District Line train to Richmond and catch a South West Train to St Margaret's (1 stop) or catch any of the following buses and alight at The Crown Pub/Lebanon Park; 33, 490, H22, R68, R70 and 290.

Orleans House Gallery
Riverside
Twickenham, Middlesex
Greater London
TW1 3DJ
England

Website

E-mail

artsinfo@richmond.gov.uk

Telephone

020 8831 6000

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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