Look forward to a summer of contemporary art at National Trust places

This summer, visitors to the National Trust will be able to explore and celebrate the places in its care through a series of creative programming, exhibitions, visual arts, crafts and architecture as part of its Trust New Art programme.

Trust New Art is a programme of contemporary arts run by the National Trust in partnership with Arts Council England since 2009.

Many Trust houses and gardens were built with art at their hearts, and Trust New Art continues this creative legacy, introducing new audiences to well-known and up-and-coming artists.

Exploring the often complex themes and collections of National Trust properties, Trust New Art offers a different way to approach the stories that have shaped some of the country’s best known houses, gardens and landscapes.

Visitors will be able to see a variety of new art, including large installations, film and theatrical performances, carving and sculpture.

Grace Davies, Trust New Art programme manager, said: “For over seven years, more than 3 million visitors have experienced Trust New Art, our rich and diverse programme of contemporary arts at properties across the country inspired by National Trust places.

“We are pleased to give visitors new opportunities to experience contemporary creativity that is rooted in our unique heritage, and this summer’s exhibitions and installations offer some diverse approaches to telling the stories of our places.”

Here is a selection of Trust New Art projects at National Trust places near you this summer.

Heather and Ivan Morison: Look! Look! Look! Berrington Hall, Herefordshire

From 10 June 2017

Morison pavilion at Berrington (C) Studio Morison

Look! Look! Look!, by internationally renowned artists Heather and Ivan Morison, reflects on the decadent social lives of the wealthy in the 18th century. The giant pineapple-shaped installation is inspired by the tradition of using temporary pavilions for entertaining and dining, and the Georgian passion for importing and eating new and exotic fruits – including pineapples.


Luke Jerram: Harrison’s Garden, Nostell Priory, Yorkshire

Until 09 July 2017

Luke Jerram Credit Helen Lisk Photography

Luke Jerram’s installation of 2,000 clocks celebrates the work of famous clockmaker John Harrison, who was born at Nostell. Experience this ticking installation as part of the 300th anniversary celebrations of Harrison’s first longcase clock. Harrison’s Garden will be touring to Castle Drogo, Devon (14 July-29 October), Gunby Hall, Lincolnshire (10 Feb-03 June 2018), and Penrhyn Castle, Gwynedd (2018 – dates TBC), gathering clocks along the way.


Florence Kennard, Alida Sayer, Alec Stevens: The Makers, Felbrigg, Norfolk

Until 29 October 2017

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For ‘The Makers’, artists Florence Kennard, Alida Sayer and Alec Stevens have created new art works in response to the theme of craftsmanship at Felbrigg. Their film, sculpture and woodcarvings reveal hidden stories and surprising layers of history, giving visitors the chance to experience Felbrigg in a new light.


Hew Locke: The Jurors, Runnymede, Surrey


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Hew Locke’s The Jurors was commissioned for the ancient landscape at Runnymede to mark the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta in 2015. Wrought with beautiful imagery, the 12 bronze chairs invite you to reflect on the histories and issues shown, and to debate the meaning of justice.


Will Shannon: Bothy, Standen House and Garden, West Sussex

Until 03 September 2017

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Will Shannon’s Bothy reflects the pioneering principles and production techniques of Standen’s Arts & Crafts heritage. Tucked away on Standen’s sandstone rocks, Bothy is a space to shelter, reflect and create, built using stained glass, simple furniture and materials found in the Sussex landscape.


 Bouke De Vries: War and pieces, Berrington Hall, Herefordshire

Until 05 November 2017

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Taking inspiration from elaborate 17th-century sugar sculptures and banquets given on the eve of battle, de Vries has threaded the story of Berrington into this Arts Council England award-winning porcelain sculpture, transforming the dining room at Berrington Hall.


Bernar Venet at Cliveden, Buckinghamshire

Until mid-October 2017

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Ten large-scale sculptures, built from soaring steel arcs and bars, sit alongside the angular geometry of the formal gardens at Cliveden, Buckinghamshire. Created by Bernar Venet, seen by many as the world’s greatest living French sculptor, this installation is the first outdoor exhibition of Venet’s work in the UK since 1976.


 Agnes Jones, Lyndall Phelps, Tom Marshman and Matt Smith: World is Chaos, Creativity is Order, Hanbury Hall, Worcestershire

10 June 2017 – November 2017

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Drawing parallels between the 18th century and today, Matt Smith, Agnes Jones, Lyndall Phelps and Tom Marshman’s new work uses steel, glass, ceramics and performance to explore how art can evoke histories, stories and a sense of place.


Bouke De Vries: Golden box, Croome Court, Worcestershire


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Bouke De Vries’ original work entices visitors to Croome to walk through a reflective cube encrusted with exquisite pieces of Meissen, Worcester and Sèvres porcelain, responding to the theme of ‘expect the unexpected’ at Croome.


 Tony Plant, Mary Keith, Stan’s Café: Heartland, Shropshire Hills, Shropshire

Until October 2017

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Over the course of the summer, through theatre, voice and physical interventions, Tony Plant, Mary Keith and Stan’s Café will explore the history, stories and future of the Shropshire Hills, helping visitors to understand the part they can play to continue caring for it.


Changing Places, national touring exhibition

July 2017 – February 2018

Changing Places (C) Film and Video Umbrella_Anna Arca

Changing Places is an exhibition of contemporary artists’ video, curated by Film and Video Umbrella. Linking the industrial transformations occurring across South Asia today with the places in Britain where the Industrial Revolution began, ten historic buildings, including the National Trust’s Quarry Bank, Cheshire, and Osterley Park and House, Greater London, will host moving image works by artists who all live in, work in, or retain a connection to Bangladesh, India or Pakistan, exploring the narrative of industrialisation and its global legacy.


 Andrew Logan: The Art of Reflection, Buckland Abbey, Devon

01 July 2017 – February 2018

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The former home of Sir Francis Drake, Buckland Abbey, will welcome 18 sculptures selected from five decades of the career of renowned sculptor Andrew Logan. On display throughout the historic abbey and its grounds, a highlight of the exhibition will be Logan’s new jewel and painted glass portrait of Drake.



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