Compton Verney

Compton Verney
Warwick
Warwickshire
CV35 9HZ
England

Website

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

01926 645500

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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

Compton Verney is closed for the winter. It will re-open to the public on Saturday 14 March 2015.

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.
photograph of man holding a cabbage

The Non-Conformists: Photographs by Martin Parr

  • 3 February — 6 July 2015 *on now

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

a painting of man sitting by a window overlooking st paul's cathedral

Canaletto: Celebrating Britain

  • 3 February — 6 July 2015 *on now

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

old photograph of traditional kern baby

Kern Baby by Faye Claridge

  • 14 March — 13 December 2015

This enigmatic new commission for the Grounds at Compton Verney by artist Faye Claridge takes on the form of an exaggerated sculptural emblem of folklore.

Resonating with Compton Verney’s extensive collection of British Folk Art, the new sculpture is based on the photographic work of Sir Benjamin Stone who travelled the country recording unusual festivals and customs.

A Kern Baby also known as a harvest queen which was a doll decorated with corn (grain) flowers and carried in festivals of the kern at harvest time. This Kern Baby will be situated in our historic grounds for 2015 and will also become a prop for an extraordinary new photographic work by Claridge involving the local community.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Included in collections and grounds admission.

Website

http://www.comptonverney.org.uk/events/373/kern_baby_by_faye_claridge.aspx

The National Gallery Masterpiece Tour: Canaletto's 'A Regatta on the Grand Canal'

  • 9 May — 21 June 2015

A much-loved work from the National Gallery Collection – 'A Regatta on the Grand Canal' by Canaletto – is going on the road and travelling the UK as the second painting in the three-year Masterpiece Tour.

Admission

Please check before visiting.

Website

http://www.comptonverney.org.uk/plan_your_visit/opening.aspx

digital image showing proposed design for William Morris-inspired landscape art project

The Dan Pearson and William Morris Meadow

  • 27 June — 13 September 2015

We are working with leading landscape designer Dan Pearson to develop a large-scale landscape commission for 2015. The commission consists of a mown parterre (a formally patterned flower garden) based on the designs of William Morris, which is set within a wildflower meadow in our Capability Brown parkland.

The project ties in with our summer exhibition The Arts and Crafts House which features the work of William Morris.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.comptonverney.org.uk/events/337/the_dan_pearson_and_william_morris_meadow.aspx

The Hart Silversmiths: A Living Tradition

  • 27 June — 13 September 2015

The Harts family have worked in the Silk Mill in Chipping Campden for over a century, this exhibition brings together commissions and the spectacular drawings that inspired them. It also tells the story of a tradition, skill and the way of life of the Silversmith.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Included in exhibition, collection and grounds admission.

Website

http://www.comptonverney.org.uk/events/380/the_hart_silversmiths_a_living_tradition.aspx

Illustration showing a view of Kelmscott

The Arts and Crafts House: Then and Now

  • 27 June — 13 September 2015

Encounter the spirit of the Arts & Crafts House with this celebration of historic and contemporary design. 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

  • Family friendly

Admission

Included in exhibition, collection and grounds admission.

Website

http://www.comptonverney.org.uk/events/371/the_arts_and_crafts_house_then_and_now.aspx

Periodic Tales: The Art of the Elements

  • 3 October — 13 December 2015

The exhibition Periodic Tales: The Art of the Elements highlights how the chemical elements (gold, silver, iron, carbon etc) remain central to our lives and to artistic creation through a series of contemporary and historic artworks and installations.

Each work on show has 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 features, amongst others, work by artists Tim Etchells, Antony Gormley, Roger Hiorns, Marc Quinn and Lucy Skaer.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Included in exhibition, collection and grounds admission.

Website

http://www.comptonverney.org.uk/events/372/periodic_tales_the_art_of_the_elements.aspx

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.
Photograph of The Ancient Order of Henpecked Husbands AGM by Martin Parr

Martin Parr and Canaletto

  • 14 May 2015 5:30-8:30pm

For one night only enjoy our special late night opening to see Canaletto: Celebrating Britain and The Non-Conformists: Photographs by Martin Parr. Join in with a tour of the exhibitions, take part in photography activities and enjoy music by the Oxfordshire Young Artists Partnership.


An Evening Talk by Martin Parr, 6pm
Join Magnum photographer Martin Parr as he discusses his long and influential career in photography. The acute observation, wit and colour of Parr’s work has established him as one of the most successful and popular contemporary photographers. From
the early 1980s to the present day, his photographs document the idiosyncrasies of British (and more recently global) leisure culture. The works have received popular acclaim, provoked controversy, and been applauded for their critical observation of the world.

Timetable:
5 - 7pm Photography Family activity with OYAP visual artists. Pick up a digital camera to take photographs of the evening to document your life. Bring them back to the photo station to be printed and pinned up on the #ParrWall.
6-7pm Martin Parr talk
7-8pm Martin Parr Book signing
7 - 9pm Oxfordshire Youth Arts Partnership folk musicians perform

Please book in advance for Martin Parr talk. Booking opens on 12 March.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Entry to Museums at Night event: £10, Concs (includes 16 – 24 year olds) £8, Under 16s, Compton Verney Season Pass holders and Members go free.

Entry to Museums at Night event AND Martin Parr talk: £20, Concs (includes 16 – 24 year olds) £18, Compton Verney Season Pass holders and Members £10.

Website

http://www.comptonverney.org.uk/events/383/museums_at_night.aspx

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