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
Compton Verney is closed for the winter. It will re-open to the public on Saturday 14 March 2015.
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
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- 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
- 1 April — 17 December 2017 *on now
The Clearing is a collaborative artwork by Alex Hartley and Tom James, which sets out to build a vision of the future in the grounds of Compton Verney Art Gallery & Park.
See a vision of the future in our park, based around a geodesic dome on the shores of the lake which the artists have built. Learn how to live in the world affected by social and climate change that’s coming our way. So far, 14 caretakers (and one baby) have occupied the dome, whilst a series of sold-out workshops have taught people how to build fires, dig toilets and forage for food.
Come and join us for the next instalment of workshops, feel what the future might feel like, and see how The Clearing evolves.
Unsilencing the Library
- 28 June — 17 December 2017 *on now
his exciting reinterpretation, developed jointly with Oxford University, re-imagines the Women’s Library which was created in the Morning Room (beyond what is now the British portraits gallery) in around 1860 by Georgiana Verney, wife of the reclusive 17th Lord Willoughby de Broke. Georgiana was an enthusiastic champion of women’s reading, women’s education and ultimately, women’s suffrage, and this reinterpretation invites you to sit down, learn about Georgiana, the history of the room, and about what women read in the late Victorian era. You can also browse through the books chosen by our six guest curators – who range from actor and UN Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson to students from nearby Kineton High School.
Seurat to Riley: The Art of Perception
- 8 July — 1 October 2017 *on now
Compton Verney’s summer exhibition will take you on a fascinating and stimulating journey that looks at the ways in which our visual perceptions have been explored by artists.
From the Impressionists onwards, artists have been inspired by the colour theories of scientific thinkers such as Michel Eugène Chevreul. The most famous examples are the pointillist works of Georges Seurat and his associates, in which colours other than those actually painted on the canvas are generated in the eye of the beholder through the application of small dots of primary colour.
During the 20th century, and culminating in the famous Op art movement of the 1960 onwards, the scientific and philosophical interest in perception extended into ways of communicating movement via static art forms. Early explorations of this can be seen in work by artists such as Helen Saunders, M.C. Escher and Josef Albers using tessellation, pattern, line, mathematics and colour, and sometimes optical trickery, to convey the sensation of movement.
This fascination with the optical in art remains strong amongst artists and makers today and this wide-ranging show features of the works of artists working since the 1960s, such as Jim Lambie, Christiane Baumgartner, Daniel Buren, Liz West and Lothar Götz. Their work is shown alongside later works of those who became stars of the ‘Op art’ movement in the 1960s and who continued to develop and explore new possibilities: Bridget Riley, Victor Vasarely, Jesus Rafael Soto, Julio Le Parc, Peter Sedgley, Jeffrey Steele and Carlos Cruz-Diez.
Memories of Compton Verney