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

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

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.
Image of August Rodins, Adam and Henry Moores, Reclining Figure

Moore Rodin

  • 15 February — 31 August 2014 *on now

In the grounds
Enjoy 11 large scale works which complement, challenge and create new perspectives to vistas ‘Capability’ Brown formed in the 1760s. Amongst these amazing pieces is one of Rodin’s most famous works, Monument to the Burghers of Calais (usually on display outside the Houses of Parliament), Moore’s magnificent monumental Three Piece Sculpture: Vertebrae and The Arch.

Inside the galleries
Gain an amazing insight into the works of these two artists. Explore the parallels between their treatment of the figure through a beautiful collection of drawings and models made for larger works. See a special display curated by Moore’s daughter Mary which reveals both artists as keen collectors of antiquities and found objects which profoundly influenced their work. The final treat is a display of rarely seen archival documents and photographs taken by Henry Moore revealing that …as time has gone on, my admiration for Rodin has grown and grown.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Collection and grounds (works in the grounds)
Adult - £8.00
Conc - £7.20
Family - £16.00
Child - £3.00
Unders fives - Free

Exhibition, collection and grounds
Adult - £15.00
Conc - £13.50
Family - £30.00
Child - £3.00
Unders fives - Free

(All prices include gift aid)

Website

http://www.comptonverney.org.uk/modules/events/event.aspx?e=250&title=moore_rodin

photograph of field communications during ww1

First World War Sculpture

  • 1 August 2014 3-4pm

Join Dr Steven Parissien, Director of Compton Verney as he examines the legacy of Auguste Rodin in the explosion of memorial sculpture commissioned in the years immediately after the First World War. Q and A included.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Price per talk £20.00, concessions £17.50, Members £7.00. Includes exhibition, collections and grounds admission.

Website

http://www.comptonverney.org.uk/modules/events/event.aspx?e=303&title=understanding_art_talks_first_world_war_sculpture

We love kids in museums

Summer Holidays

  • 2 — 29 August 2014

Try your hand at using clay to create a model of your head, hands or feet. Place it on a plinth to add to our installation of body parts.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Viva Italia!

  • 2 — 28 September 2014

Compton Verney will be celebrating all things Italian throughout September.

Come along and enjoy the essence of Italy through art, music, gallery tours and Italian inspired food and drink in the Restaurant.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult £8, Concession £7.20, Child £3, Family £16

Website

http://www.comptonverney.org.uk/

photograph of field communications during ww1

Talk, Tour and Tea: Trench Art from the First World War

  • 11 September 2014 3-4pm

Dr Steven Parissien will be in conversation with private collector James Gordon-Cuming, discussing his astonishing collection of First World War folk objects – known collectively today as ‘Trench Art’ and the stories surrounding the Collection. Q and A included.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

To book call 01926 645 500. Price per talk £20.50, concessions £19.50, Members £10.50.

Website

http://www.comptonverney.org.uk/modules/events/event.aspx?e=295&title=talk_tour_and_tea_trench_art_from_the_first_world_war

Compton Verney Family Arts Festival

  • 17 October — 2 November 2014

Compton Verney is very excited about taking part in the Family Arts Festival later this year. For the second year running, we will be joining forces with various local museums, galleries and theatres to ensure that there are lots of fun activities for you to enjoy.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult £8, Concession £7.20, Child £3, Family $16

Website

http://www.comptonverney.org.uk/

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