Compton Verney

Compton Verney
Warwick
Warwickshire
CV35 9HZ
England

Website

Main site

www.comptonverney.org.uk

Online shop

www.comptonverneyshop.org.uk

Memories of Compton Verney

www.memoriesofcomptonverney.org.uk

E-mail

General enquiries

info@comptonverney.org.uk

Telephone

Tickets & General enquiries

01926 645500

Fax

General fax

01926 645501

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Compton Verney
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Visitors of all ages are warmly welcomed to this award-winning art gallery. Housed in a grade I listed Robert Adam mansion and surrounded by stunning 'Capability' Brown landscaped parkland, Compton Verney offers a great day out.
Be enthralled by our programme of exhibitions,explore art from around the world and stroll along our woodland walk. All this alongside an exciting events programme, including fun family activities, adult workshops, tours, lectures and talks.

This museum has a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Saturday 15 February - Sunday 14 December 2014
Tues to Sun and Bank Holiday Mons, 11.00 - 17.00

Closed: Mondays (excluding Bank Holidays)

Admission charges

Prices subject to seasonal variations - please telephone for further information.
Adults with Gift Aid: £8.00 collections & grounds
Adults with Gift Aid: £15.00 collections, grounds & exhibition

Concessions with Gift Aid:(student in full time education, over 60 and unwaged £7.20/ £13.50
Child with Gift Aid: (aged 5-15) £3.00
Under 5s: Free
Family with Gift Aid: £16.00 collections & grounds

Discounts

  • Museums Association
  • International Council of Museums

Additional info

Assistance dogs welcome

The collection of Archaic Chinese bronzes at Compton Verney is a Designated Collection of national importance.

The 79 Archaic Chinese bronzes from the Shang, Zhou and Han Dynasties (1500-206 BC), with additional, later, bronze-shaped objects made from ceramic and cloisonné, make up an important collection. These objects, associated with ancestor worship, are the chief testimony to the earliest artistic and technological achievements of the Chinese. The earliest pottery vessel in the collection dates back to the Neolithic period (4500-2000 BC).

Compton Verney is also home to a growing collection of nationally and internationally significant art from around the world. The collections include paintings from Naples (1600-1800), Northern European, British Portraits, Chinese, British Folk Art and the Marx Lambert Collection.

Collection details

Fine Art, Film and Media, Design, Decorative and Applied Art

Key artists and exhibits

  • Gaspare Vanvitelli
  • Vesuvius
  • Sir William Hamilton
  • Volaire
  • Giuseppe Bonito
  • Paolo Popora
  • Tilman Riemenschneider
  • Lucas Cranach
  • Sir Joshua Reynolds
  • Henry VIII
  • Enid Marx
  • Margaret Lambert
  • Shang period
  • Zhou
  • Tang dynasty
  • Ming dynasty
  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Floursack made by the USA and sent to Belgium in WWI

From Ammunition to Art: Trench Art from the First World War

  • 15 July — 14 December 2014 *on now

As part of a national programme to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War, this display showcases objects from a Warwickshire-based private collection of Trench Art. Trench Art is a term used to describe objects made from the by-products of 20th and 21st century warfare, but is most widely associated with the First World War. This fascinating display includes decorated shell cases, carved sections of a propeller, rifle cartridges and embroidered flour sacks from the USA to occupied Belgium. These folk art objects were created by servicemen, civilians and prisoners of war from over 20 countries and are a reminder of the global scale of the conflict.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £8, Concs £7.20, Family £16, Child £3

British Folk Art Exhibition

  • 27 September — 14 December 2014 *on now

As part of Compton Verney's 10th anniversary celebrations and as home to one of the UKs largest collection of British Folk Art we are delighted to be hosting an exhibition which is the first major survey of British Folk Art. Over 150 paintings, sculptures, textiles and objects have been drawn together from collections across the country in an exhibition that will celebrate folk art in the UK.


Folk Art is an established subject in many countries; however in Britain the genre remains elusive. Rarely considered in the context of art history, ‘Folk art’ has been viewed as part of social history or folklore studies. This show unites an extraordinary selection of objects, exploring the threshold between art and artefact and challenging perceptions of ’high art’.


The exhibition includes surprising and diverse examples of British Folk Art, from rustic leather Toby jugs to brightly coloured ships’ figureheads. The imposing larger than life-size thatched figure of King Alfred created by a master thatcher, Jesse Maycock, in 1960 is just one of the highlights of the exhibition. Other highlights include maritime embroidery by fisherman John Craske, an intricately designed pin cushion made by wounded soldiers during the Crimean war, shop signs and whirligigs.


While much Folk Art is anonymous, this exhibition also presents works by a number of prominent individuals. Amongst these key figures are George Smart the tailor of Frant, eminent embroiderer Mary Linwood and Cornish painter Alfred Wallis. Often neglected in the story of art in Britain, the inclusion of these artists aims to reassess their position in art history.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Adults £15
Concessions £13.50
Family £30
Child (5-15yrs.) £3
Under 5s free

Website

http://www.comptonverney.org.uk/modules/events/event.aspx?e=331&title=british_folk_art

Compton Verney

The Non-Conformists: Photographs by Martin Parr

  • 3 February — 6 July 2015

These black-and-white photographs from the mid-1970s document the Yorkshire mill town of Hebden Bridge and the surrounding Calder Valley. This remarkable series predates the colour photographs for which Parr was to become so well known in the following decade. Over a period of five years, Parr documented a community whose traditional way of life, organised around the church and hill-farming, were in decline. This affectionate portrait of the town’s coal miners, chapel-goers, gamekeepers, henpecked husbands and pigeon fanciers offers a unique perspective on a disappearing community.
Exhibition organised in collaboration with La Fabrica, Madrid

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult Amission £8
Family Admision £16
Under 5's go FREE

Website

http://www.comptonverney.org.uk

Compton Verney

Canaletto: Celebrating Britain

  • 3 February — 6 July 2015

This is the first time which these painting have been gathered together, collectively they illustrate Canaletto's nine-year stay in Britain which saw him document a series of new building works and projects, commissions which reflected the new-found wealth and assurance of the British nation. The houses, bridges, churches and castles he recorded marked out Britain as the new Venice and conveyed a sense of self-confidence, as Britons sought cultural inspiration not just from the Mediterranean but also from their own history.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult Admission £8
Family Admission £16

Website

http://www.comptonverney.org.uk

Compton Verney

The Arts and Crafts House: Then and Now

  • 6 March — 9 January 2015

From the Garden to the Dining Room, this exhibition explores the Movement’s fascination with the creation of the Home and its continued influence today.
Beginning with John Ruskin and William Morris, the exhibition will explore the source material which inspired a new era of domestic creativity and a celebration of crafts practice. Celebrated designers and collaborators such as Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll, Alfred and Louise Powell, the Barnsley Brothers and Ernest Gimson will be explored alongside today’s leading designers including: Sebastian Cox, Rosa Nguyen, Dan Pearson, Andrew Wicks, Jim Partridge and Liz Walmsley. A number of key Arts & Crafts houses will also be featured including Morris’ homes at Kelmscott Manor and Red House, Lutyens and Jekyll’s Munstead Wood and Rodmarton Manor.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult Admission £8
Family Admission £16
Under 5's go FREE

Website

http://www.comptonverney.org.uk

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.
Selection of posters and flour sacks from WWI

Compton Verney Memorabilia Roadshow

  • 29 November 2014 11am-5pm *on now

An opportunity for visitors to bring photographs, postcards, family mementos and other objects from the First World War. Discuss them with lender James Gordon-Cumming, and be part of Compton Verney’s wider contribution to the Imperial War Museum’s national project, Lives of the First World War.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£8 Adults
£7.20 Conc
£16 Family
£3 5 - 15yrs
Under-fives free

Website

http://www.comptonverney.org.uk/modules/events/event.aspx?e=350&title=memorabilia_roadshow

Compton Verney

Periodic Tales: The Art of the Elements

  • 10 March — 13 December 2015

Each work on show will have a dialogue with the core element that it employs or represents, whether the artist has used it as a medium for their artistic expression or been motivated by the elements cultural meaning. The exhibition will feature, amongst others, work by artists Tim Etchells, Antony Gormley, Roger Hiorns, Marc Quinn and Lucy Skaer.
This exhibition has been developed with author Hugh Aldersey-Williams, and is inspired by his best-selling book Periodic Tales.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult Admission £8
Family Admission £16
Under 5's go FREE

Website

http://www.comptonverney.org.uk

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