Memories of Compton Verney
Tickets & General enquiries
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.
Gallery, Garden, parklands or rural site
Saturday 15 February - Sunday 14 December 2014
Tues to Sun and Bank Holiday Mons, 11.00 - 17.00
Closed: Mondays (excluding Bank Holidays)
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
- Museums Association
- International Council of Museums
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.
Fine Art, Film and Media, Design, Decorative and Applied Art
Key artists and exhibits
- Gaspare Vanvitelli
- Sir William Hamilton
- Giuseppe Bonito
- Paolo Popora
- Tilman Riemenschneider
- Lucas Cranach
- Sir Joshua Reynolds
- Henry VIII
- Enid Marx
- Margaret Lambert
- Shang period
- Tang dynasty
- Ming dynasty
- Designated Collection
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.
- Any age
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.
- Any age
Understanding Art Talks: British Folk Art - a necessary fiction?
- 3 October 2014 3-5pm
Martin Myrone, curator of the British Folk Art exhibition, will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the conception and planning of the British Folk Art exhibition, exploring the peculiar challenges of this diverse and complex form of art.
- Any age
To book call 01926 645 500. Price per talk £25, concessions £23.50, Members £10.
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.
- Any age
Adult £8, Concession £7.20, Child £3, Family $16