Maud Russell made Mottisfont into a vibrant hub of artistic activity from the 1930s onwards. She invited many Modern British artists, critics and designers for long weekends of croquet and creative conversation. Artist and collector Derek Hill was a frequent visitor; he honoured his long friendship with the Russells by leaving a substantial collection of 20th century art to us.
We’ve followed Maud Russell’s lead by converting a series of rooms on our top floor into a spacious art gallery. A series of changing exhibitions will explore different aspects of our art collection, as well as bringing in significant loans and new shows on a wide range of themes.
Current exhibition: Lyons teashop lithographs
Bringing colour to post-war Britain
Saturday 2 May - Sunday 5 July
A colourful exhibition showcasing 30 vibrant, original lithographs from the 1940s and 1950s.
The artworks were commissioned by J Lyons & Co from leading artists of the day, to brighten up their teashops in the difficult years following the end of the Second World War. Artists including L.S. Lowry, Edward Bawden, John Piper, David Gentleman, John Minton, William Scott and John Nash were amongst the famous names who contributed work.
The lithographs have never been displayed in Hampshire before and are on loan to the National Trust from their permanent home at the Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne.
Thanks to funding from the Arts Council, this project will see six artists in residence each producing a new, high-quality piece of art that helps tell one of our stories. Each artist will engage staff, volunteers and community groups in the creative process.
Lizzie Sykes is the fifth artist to take part in our residency programme and has worked with Salisbury group 'Mind the Gap' and contemporary dancers Louise Tanoto and Cathy Seago to create work which focuses on how our movements respond to different spaces.
Read our artist's updates on their blog and discover how great art is created.
Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva worked with members of the House, Gardens and Countryside teams along with volunteers at Mottisfont to create a major installation. Comprising of five fallen oak trees installed within the beech circle with their roots uppermost and partial gilding applied to the upper surfaces, it is not to be missed.