Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Free Entry to Compton Verney in Special One Day Event

Thursday 10 September, 11am – 5pm
Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park will offer free admission to all visitors on Thursday 10 September as part of Heritage Open Days.  This award-winning art gallery is housed in a Grade I listed mansion and is set in 120 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown parkland in the Warwickshire countryside.  Visitors will be able to see the current exhibitions The Arts & Crafts House: Then and Now and The Hart Silversmiths: A Living Tradition alongside the six permanent collections and parkland.
This is the last chance to see the current exhibitions which close on Sunday 13 September.  The Arts & Crafts House traces the origins, legacy and enduring appeal of the historic Arts & Crafts Movement and its fascination with the creation of the home, from William Morris to modern day contemporary designers.  The Hart Silversmiths exhibition explores the evolution of a unique living tradition in design and silversmithing which has its origins in the Arts and Crafts Movement. 
Compton Verney is home to six fine and decorative art collections of national and international importance.  These include the Chinese Collection which is designated as an outstanding collection and one of national importance and the Neapolitan Collection with religious works by Bernardo Cavallino and Francesco Solimena plus exploding volcanoes by Volaire and Lacroix.  The Northern European Collection with works by Cranach, Schongauer and Tilman Riemenschneider and the British Portraits Collection which showcases British royalty plus works by important British artists such as Sir Joshua Reynolds.  On the top floor of the gallery visitors can discover the largest collection of British Folk Art in the country and the Marx-Lambert Collection.  Enid Marx was one of Britain’s most important twentieth century designers.  The works in this collection are her own designs alongside Folk Art objects she collected throughout her life with her friend Margaret Lambert.
Loyd Grossman, Patron of Heritage Open Days said:

“After last year’s triumphant event, we’re looking to make 2015 another superlative year, new funding sources and a higher profile means we are in a stronger position than ever before to celebrate our wonderfully diverse local heritage, and to encourage local communities to engage with the hidden histories on their doorstep.”
Dr Steven Parissien, Director of Compton Verney, said:

“We are delighted to be taking part in Heritage Open Days for the first time, we hope that this will introduce new people to Compton Verney who can enjoy everything we have to offer.  We are eager to show visitors that alongside the amazing art, there is also much more for everyone to see and do at Compton Verney making it a wonderful day out.”

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