September 2020

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Hestercombe Gardens - Open-Up: Outdoor Art Exhibition

Hestercombe Gardens , Cheddon Fitzpaine, TA2 8LG, Taunton

Hestercombe Gardens - Open-Up: Outdoor Art Exhibition


Open-Up is a brand new series of outdoor artworks commissioned in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
It features eight artists with intimate knowledge of Hestercombe, many of whom have responded to the landscapes on the estate in the past. The works, distributed across all three of the period gardens at Hestercombe and beyond, range from subtle interventions involving copper plant tags, pigeon rings and galvanised nails, to bold stacked colours, giant bunting and orchard ladders.
Artists featured include Richard Long, Sarah Bennett, Megan Calver with Gabrielle Hoad, Jon England, Jo Lathwood, Philippa Lawrence and Lucy Soni.
In July we launched Jackdaw Line in Hestercombe’s Georgian Landscape Garden, a new stone work by internationally renowned artist Richard Long. This work has become the flagship commission of a new outdoor series, entitled ‘Open-Up’.
Originally programmed for May 2020 as part of Hestercombe’s Bampfylde300 year of celebrations, Jackdaw Line was postponed due to Covid-19. The existing indoor exhibitions, Coplestone Warre Bampfylde: A Gentleman of Taste, and Most Admirably Improved by Art, were closed when Hestercombe temporarily shut in late March 2020. This enforced closure created a reaction that reimagined the way that artworks are presented in a way that is made safe and accessible for visitors for the current social distancing environment at Hestercombe.
At a time when most UK galleries remained closed it seemed fitting to follow Jackdaw Line with further outdoor works that not only respond to the gardens, but reflect on the unprecedented times faced by a global society, with a virus at its root.

Opening Hours

Daily, Wednesday - Sunday only; 10:00 - 18:00 - until 30 June 2021
Last entry 15:30

Important info:
To see the exhibition, visitors must pre-book gardens admission by 5pm on the day before they wish to visit (this will also give you access to both Hestercombe Gallery indoor exhibitions, the Secondhand Bookshop and Pop-Up Gift Shop within Hestercombe House; as well as the 50 acres of historic gardens at Hestercombe).


Adult £13.30
Child £6.65
Other concessions are available - please see the website.


Hestercombe Gardens - Open-Up: Outdoor Art Exhibition
Hestercombe Gardens
Cheddon Fitzpaine
United Kingdom

T: 01823 413923


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