A visit to Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park, Warwickshire :Thursday 26th March 2020
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 collections are owned by the Compton Verney Collections Settlement. The permanent collections are:
- British Folk Art
- British Portraits
- Chinese Collection
- Marx-Lambert Collection
- Naples Collection
- Northern European Collection
The much-praised special exhibitions programme offers both historic and contemporary shows and is designed to appeal to a wide audience. The two special exhibitions in March are:
- Cranach :Artist and Innovator
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 the female nude, which beautifully express temptation and its consequences. Cranach was also a talented entrepreneur, founding a successful publishing business and producing powerful woodcut illustrations for Luther’s translation of the Bible.
- Fabric: Touch and Identity
This exhibition explores how clothes and textiles conceal, reveal and seduce through the lenses of art, design, fashion, film and dance. It features works by Vivenne Westwood, Raisa Kabir, and Cathy de Monchaux, as well as new commissions including Lost in the Fanhouse, an immersive installation by Reiko Sudo.
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. Restoration of the parkland continues today with an extensive replanting and maintenance programme, designed to enhance Brown’s grassland, planting, ornamental lake, chapel – and the Cedars of Lebanon for which Brown is famous.
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 £45 which includes coach travel, entrance to Compton Verney, coffee, one hour tour and a light lunch.
The application form is downloadable here.