Creating for Ourselves - community exhibition at Chartwell

Artwork for the new community exhibition at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Take a walk through Lady Churchill’s life and style, as seen through the eyes of local community groups. This year we have been working with Age UK, Knole Academy and Crockham Hill Primary School to bring you artwork inspired by the remarkable woman behind Winston Churchill.

Each group has taken a very different approach to their art in order to reflect the many aspects of Clementine’s life. Local textile artist, Sarah Pimenta of Social Fabric, has been working with everyone to create these unique pieces of art.

The medium of textiles is especially appropriate as Clementine was responsible for the interior décor and furnishings at Chartwell- which have never gone out of style.   

The team from Age UK have been exploring the significance of roses and florals in Lady Churchill’s life.

Roses were a part of Winston’s and Clementine’s love story from the beginning; he proposed to her within the rose garden at Blenheim Palace and no doubt constructing the rose garden at Chartwell brought back fond memories for her.

Their work features a variety of delicate floral designs created through use of romantic mediums such as watercolour painting and sketching. These designs were then used to create stencils to print commemorative cushions relating to important events in the participant’s lives.

Local students prepare artwork for the Chartwell community exhibition
Local students prepare artwork for the community exhibition at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Over at Knole Academy the students have been looking closely at five themes based on Clementine’s story; early influences, love and duty, family, home and hobbies.

By keenly exploring the trends from the 1930s they have been able to choose colour palettes and typography that seamlessly link visually to the style at Chartwell.

At Crockham Hill Primary School banners are in the works, inspired by the Suffragette banners of the early 20th century but reflecting imagery relating to Clementine’s impact on history. After all, in the words of General Ismay, 'without her…the history of Winston Churchill and of the world would have been a very different story'.

Don’t forget to pop into our other winter exhibition, Clementine Churchill: speaking for herself, by the house where you can see items that have never before been on public display.

Opening hours

Open daily, 10am-4pm, from Fri 5 Jan - Sun 25 Feb.

Please note that the house at Chartwell is currently closed for conservation work until 24 Feb 2018.

Location

The exhibition can be found in the Mulberry Room above the Landemare Café.

Admission

Entry to the exhibition is free; normal admission applies if visitors wish to visit the gardens and our other winter exhibition, Clementine Churchill: speaking for herself.

Accessibility

The exhibition can be reached via a wheelchair accessible lift from the ground floor of the café.

Lady Clementine Churchill, the focus of Chartwell's upcoming winter exhibition

Chartwell winter exhibition: Clementine Churchill - Speaking for herself

Discover Clementine Churchill and her role both as the wife to one of Britain's most famous politicians and as a mother raising her family at Chartwell. Our upcoming exhibition will show how the history of the world would be very different if it weren't for this remarkable woman. The exhibition is open 11am-3pm from 18 Nov - 18 Feb, normal admission applies.