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: Online and at Somerset House

  • Until 13 December 2015, supported by Arts Council England

We’re celebrating 50 years of the National Trust’s campaign to safeguard the nation’s coastline with a digital commission for poet Owen Sheers, visual artist Tania Kovats and sound artist Martyn Ware. Co-commissioned with sounduk, you can experience the project for free as an exhibition at Somerset House and online.

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.

  • Find out more about the project at Hardy's Max Gate


Projects near you

Rehearsing Memory, Belton 2015: Belton House, Lincolnshire

  • Until 6 March 2016, supported by Arts Council England

Artists Rebecca Lee & Belen 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 2016

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
Jack Nelson

Folly!: Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire

  • Until 29 November 2015, supported by Arts Council England

Seek out the follies in the water garden. These whimsical buildings have been transformed from their original use by internationally renowned theatre designer Gary McCann, world class art director, curator and designer Simon Costin and artist, curator and academic Irene Brown.

In Company: Mottisfont, Hampshire

  • Until December 2015, supported by Arts Council England

A new interactive artwork installed in Mottisfont’s café by Adept (artists Shanaz Guizar and Steve Manthorp), commissioned as the sixth and final residency of Mottisfont's A Place for Art programme. The work explores and adds to Mottisfont’s history of welcoming visitors. By recording a series of one-to-one conversations with members of staff and volunteers shared over a specially cooked meal, Adept have created a 'virtual dining companion'. Through their own unique stories, six fascinating people bring their stories of Mottisfont to life.


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
Abi Cole

The Collector’s Case: Upton House and Gardens, Warwickshire

  • Until 31 December 2015

Artist Yelena Popova has been working with Upton’s glorious painting collection and its enthusiastic team of volunteers to cast light onto how the collection was kept and protected during World War II. ‘The Collector’s Case’ is a video work and series of ‘invisible portraits’ that reflect on the temporality of a painting collection how it exists or has a relationship with time. This exhibition is part of New Expressions 3, a national pathfinder programme unlocking the creative potential of museums, supported by Arts Council England.