Compton Verney fully opened to the public as a major, nationally accredited art gallery in March 2004. It houses six permanent collections, focusing on areas currently under-represented in British museums and galleries. The gallery is set in 120 acres of Grade II listed classical parkland, designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, the most eminent landscape architect of the eighteenth-century.
The Spring exhibitions programme features the paintings of Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472 – 1553), one of the most successful German artists of all time. Cranach’s portrayals of German nobility and the leaders of the Protestant Reformation made him a highly sought after portraitist, while today he is best known for his seductive paintings of women. The second exhibition ( Fabric: Touch and identity), explores how clothes and textiles conceal, reveal and seduce through the lenses of art, design, fashion, film and dance.
The visit will include tea and coffee on arrival, a one hour tour of the special exhibitions described above and a light lunch ( sandwiches and scones). There will also be time to explore the six permanent collections , the Women’s Library, the shop and the extensive gardens. All floors of the gallery are accessible by lift. We will be travelling with Silverdale Coaches and the pick up point will be Clifton South Park and Ride, departing at 9.00, arriving at Compton Verney by approximately 10.30. We expect to return by 5.00 pm. The cost of the trip is £40 (tbc) which includes coach travel, entrance to Compton Verney, coffee, one hour tour and a light lunch.
An application form and more information will be available later.