Our programme of Trust New Art exhibitions and events

This year's Trust New Art programme embraces many forms of contemporary art through residencies and commissions inspired by our places. Trust New Art is supported by partnerships with Arts Council England and the Arts Council of Wales. We will be adding more events through the year, so please check back again soon.

National and regional projects


One and All: a digital voyage through sight, sound and sea
Tania Kovats, Owen Sheers, Martyn Ware, Benjamin Wigley

  • Until November 2016, supported by Arts Council England and PRS for Music Foundation

Take a virtual walk along the coast and discover three digital artworks by visual artist Tania Kovats, poet Owen Sheers and sound artist Martyn Ware, with film by Benjamin Wigley. Following a launch exhibition at Somerset House in autumn 2015, you can experience the project for free online. Co-commissioned with Sound UK and produced in collaboration with Benjamin Wigley (artdocs) and digital agency The Swarm.


South West

Writing Places
Jane Feaver, Miriam Nash

  • Until summer 2016, supported by Arts Council England

Writing Places celebrates the literary history of National Trust houses in the South West with author events, writers and poets in residence, open days and trails, and recording iconic poems inspired by each location with The Poetry Archive. In 2016, we'll be welcoming two new writers-in-residence: Jane Feaver at A La Ronde; and Miriam Nash at Greenway, Agatha Christie's former holiday home.

Writing Places is a partnership between the National Trust, Literature Works and The Poetry Archive.


Projects near you

Acorn Bank, Cumbria

Dorothy Una Ratcliffe Artist/Illustration Fellowship
Freya Pocklington

  • Until June 2016 (check for Open Studio dates), supported by Arts Council England

Continuing Dorothy Una Ratcliffe’s artistic tradition at Acorn Bank, Freya Pocklington’s residency celebrates Beatrix Potter in the 150th anniversary of her birth. She will be seeking out present day contemporaries of Beatrix Potter and Dorothy Una Ratcliffe who are actively involved in challenging gender roles within farming and preserving the Lake District landscape. Join Freya on selected dates to find out more about her work and see it as it develops.

  • Find out more about the artist residency at Acorn Bank
Detail from ‘Janice Wears Dolce’ (2014) by Acorn Bank’s artist in residence Freya Pocklington
Detail from ‘Janice Wears Dolce’ (2014) by Acorn Bank’s artist in residence Freya Pocklington

Berrington Hall, Herefordshire

Genius Loci
Red Earth

  • Until 1 January 2017 (check for specific dates), supported by Arts Council England

Environmental arts company Red Earth bring ‘Capability’ Brown's final landscape design to life with a series of outdoor installations and events. Join them on specific dates to create the installations from materials on the estate – then see them in their entirety from 8 August. Red Earth’s residency ends on 17 September with ‘Strange Magic’, an evocative evening celebration of live song, sound, music and fire.

Red Earth, Genius Loci: the first Intending Line with dawn frost, April 2016. Installation view, Berrington Hall
Red Earth, Genius Loci: the first Intending Line with dawn frost, April 2016. Installation view, Berrington Hall

Castle Drogo, Devon

Truth and Triomphe
Grayson Perry

•    Until 30 October 2016

A rare chance to see Grayson Perry’s ‘Map of Truths and Beliefs’ created for his ‘The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman’ exhibition at The British Museum. Perry’s tapestry is hung alongside a French masterpiece, the 300-year-old Char de Triomphe, providing an opportunity for visitors to compare and contrast the historic and contemporary methods, symbolism and making of both tapestries.
•    Find out more about the exhibition at Castle Drogo

Croome, Worcestershire

One Leg Supporting the Body, the Other Slightly Bent
Meghan Allbright, Chris Clinton, Sorsha Galvin, Katie Hayward, Sevven Kucuk, Fay Nicolson, Jaimini Patel, Sikander Pervez, Camilla Searle, Grace A Williams

  • Until 6 August 2017

In the past, the ten niches carved into the Long Gallery’s walls at Croome held Classical figurative sculptures of gods and goddesses; these have since been sold, lost or destroyed. Following the property’s long tradition of supporting new talent and decorative styles, Croome has commissioned ten early career artists to create new sculptures for the empty niches.

  • Find out more about the sculptures at Croome
Sorsha Galvin, The Departed, 2015. Installation view, Croome Long Gallery
Installation view showing two feet coming out of a wall by Sorsha Galvin

Croome, Worcestershire

The Vanity of Small Differences
Grayson Perry

•    9 July – 11 September 2016
Croome’s recently restored tapestry room hangs empty; the original tapestries are now in the Met, in New York. This summer, Croome hosts Grayson Perry’s series of six large-scale tapestries which resonate with the ideas of taste and class explored at Croome.

Loan from Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London and British Council. Gift of the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery with the support of Channel 4 Television, the Art Fund and Sfumato Foundation with additional support from Alix Partners.

•    Find out more about the exhibition at Croome


Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk

Walk With Me
Strijbos & Van Rijswijk

•    13 May – 30 October 2016, supported by North Norfolk District Council

Explore an audio walkscape by Strijbos & Van Rijswijk, co-commissioned by Felbrigg Hall and Norfolk & Norwich Festival. Wander through woods and fields creating your own cinematic experience. With the landscape as your screen, headphones provide a soundtrack of music, words and sound effects. As you move through the grounds, moods change, time flits from past to present and an intriguing narrative by novelist Megan Bradbury recollects the past of Felbrigg Hall and reframes the estate as a place of stories and wonder

Explore an audio 'walkscape' at Felbrigg Hall
Map showing the audio walkscapes at Felbrigg Hall


Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire

Mat Collishaw

•    Until 30 October 2016, commissioned in partnership with Blain Southern

For his first solo show in Yorkshire, Mat Collishaw has created two striking new installations for ‘folly!’ at this World Heritage Site. Nestled in the dramatic eighteenth-century landscape surrounding Fountains Abbey, the Banqueting House and The Temple of Piety will be transformed by Collishaw’s immersive and enchanting installations. Drawing upon the history of buildings designed for revelry and reflection, the works are optical illusions that echo ghosts from the past.

•    Find out more about the installations at Fountains Abbey

Packwood House, Warwickshire

Packwood Follies
Hilary Jack

  • Until April 2017, generously funded by a Cadbury Play Grant

Inspired by a line written about Packwood in the 1930s, describing it as ‘a house to dream of, a garden to dream in,’ artist Hilary Jack has created three installations to explore in the garden and park at Packwood; 'InsideOutHouse', Embedded and Hive.

Penrhyn Castle, Gwynedd

Artists-in-Residence exhibition
Lisa Heledd Jones, Joanne Wardrop, Robyn Woolston

•    Until 2 October 2016, supported by the Arts Council of Wales

Lisa Heledd Jones, Joanne Wardrop and Robyn Woolston have spent five months exploring Penrhyn; from its elaborate architecture to the difficult history of sugar and slate fortunes, slavery, and social and industrial unrest that surrounds the castle.

As this second stage of a three-year project, in collaboration with the Arts Council of Wales, draws to a close, Penrhyn’s artists-in-residence reveal their work within the castle, as well as venues in the local community.


Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire

Scene: a new way of looking

  • Until 30 October 2016, supported by Arts Council England

A major site specific installation by design practice, NEON, to celebrate the 300th anniversary of ‘Capability’ Brown. Inspired by Brown’s parkland as a series of picturesque views, or scenes, NEON’s installations invite you to explore the North Park and look with an artist’s eye.

NEON, ‘Scene: a new way of looking,’ 2016. Installation view at Wimpole Estate.
Suspended mirror showing a view of Wimpole Estate