Our programme of Trust New Art exhibitions and events

This year's Trust New Art programme embraces many forms of contemporary art with a variety of exhibitions, installations and projects at 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 art events and projects

One and All – a digital voyage through sight, sound and sea

  • Until summer 2016, supported by Arts Council England

Take a virtual walk along the coast and discover three digital artworks by poet Owen Sheers, visual artist Tania Kovats and sound artist Martyn Ware. Co-commissioned with Sound UK you can experience the project for free.

Tania Kovats and helpers bell casting on the beach at Porthcurno
Tania Kovats and helpers bell casting on the beach at Porthcurno

Writing Places: at National Trust places in the South West

  • 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. Writing Places is a partnership between the National Trust and Literature Works.


Projects near you

Rehearsing Memory, Belton 2015: Belton House, Lincolnshire

  • Until 6 March 2016, supported by Arts Council England

Artists Rebecca Lee & Belén Cerezo have been exploring how Belton commemorates and remembers the broad and complex histories and stories of the Machine Gun Corps training camp, here in the present. Since April, their exploration has encompassed conversations, filming, sound recording and research that have led to the production of four artworks. These artworks take the form of two film installations, an audio-walk and a printed piece.

One Leg Supporting the Body, the Other Slightly Bent: Croome, Worcestershire

  • 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. Nine contemporary artists have been invited to make new sculptural works for this room taking these original sculptures as starting points. Their newly commissioned pieces are site-specific and respond to the unique character, histories and details of Croome’s Capability Brown designed grounds and the interiors at Croome Court.

  • Find out more about the sculptures at Croome
One of the niches at the One Leg Supporting the Body, the Other Slightly Bent exhibition at Croome
Cascading pink-red petals pooling onto the floor, part of the One Leg Supporting the Body, the Other Slightly Bent exhibition at Croome

Rapture: Nymans, West Susssex

  • 11 January - 28 February 2016

Discover Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva’s 'Rapture' - a towering creation of wood and gilding nestled against a backdrop of ancient woodland. Choosing a tree from the woodland that was felled during the storm of 1987, Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva spent months stripping back the bark and sculpting the tree into an elegant column before gilding it in gold leaf. Standing high on the hillside, the gilded tree captures, reflects and magnifies the surrounding light.

Packwood Follies: Packwood House, Warwickshire

  • 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 unique installations to explore in the garden and park at Packwood; InsideOutHouse, Embedded and Hive.

Hilary Jack's 'InsideOutHouse' at Packwood House
Hilary Jack's 'InsideOutHouse' at Packwood House