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.
Exhibition Lichfield: a life through the lens
We are launching our 2014 exhibition season with the largest display ever mounted of portraits by celebrated royal photographer Patrick Lichfield. This exhibition features 50 large format portraits created from the 1960s onwards. Lichfield worked with many of the world’s most famous and glamourous faces, from royalty and fashion models to sporting legends and cinema stars. His informal, sometimes playful approach, helped him to create portraits that offer a glimpse into worlds and personalities often hidden from public view. From a brooding Oliver Reed to Princess Diana and her bridesmaids, Mick and Bianca Jagger laughing in their wedding car to the Queen off-duty on the royal yacht Brittania, this exhibition captures the extraordinary talent of one of Britain’s most successful and cherished photographers. The exhibition runs from 8 February until 21 April.
'A place for art' project is in its second year here at Mottisfont as we invite artists to create art inspired by our stories, with the support of Arts Council England.
After hundreds of submissions we are now short-listing the artists who will be taking up residence in 2014. Watch this space as we introduce our new artists in residence later on this year.