The People's Landscape Art Exhibition at Claydon

In partnership with The Courtyard Art Studio, we're thrilled to be showcasing an outstanding exhibition of hand selected paintings, in the ornate Saloon of Claydon House. The exhibition is on until 2 October, during House opening times and is free to view with normal admission applying.

A painting of mountains partially snow covered with white clouds drifting through a bright blue sky. A lake sits in the forefront of the painting.

The collection of work, created by artists from across the UK and consisting of over 60 paintings, offers variety in subject matter, style and technique and truly celebrates the diverse landscapes of this country.

Why The People's Landscape?

The theme for the exhibition is taken from the National Trust’s focus for 2019; The People’s Landscape. Artists were invited to submit an original painting which they felt best reflected the theme. Submissions came in from artists across the country, from amateur to professional, and the selected works will hang alongside each other for the 4 week exhibition. 

When can I visit?

The exhibition is open to visitors at no extra cost to the House entry fee, which is free to National Trust members. Visit until 2 October during normal House opening times.

All the work will be for sale with a percentage of the proceeds going towards Claydon House’s Conservation and Library ceiling restoration fund: The huge weight of the elaborate plasterwork has caused the library ceiling to bow and to crack.  This year, conservators will carry out major works to stabilise the ceiling. In all, this vital conservation work will take three years to complete.

The painting Green Man Festival by Luis Morris won the judges over in the competition
A painting of indistinguishable people in the foreground of the Green Man festival with a mountain in the background.
The painting Green Man Festival by Luis Morris won the judges over in the competition

The Courtyard Art Studio

At Claydon you can visit the House which sits alongside a courtyard of retail shops, art studios, Estate gardens and the Pheonix Tea Rooms cared for by the Claydon Estate. The Courtyard Studio is a working art space regularly displaying exhibitions throughout the year and hosting classes. This new exhibiton is brought to you in partnership with the studio to view inside the ornate Saloon of Claydon House. 

" This is such an exciting opportunity to see the work of nationally and internationally renowned artists, right here in Buckinghamshire. We were blown away by the standard of entries for our inaugural exhibition, which made the process of judging that much harder for myself and my fellow judges. We are delighted to be able to showcase such a high standard of paintings and plans are already underway to make this an annual event."
- Peter Keegan
Surfers at Polzeath by David Pilgrim came runner up in the judges awards.
A beach with surfers in the sea and walkers enjoying the view with a small island and the coastline in the background at Polzeath
Surfers at Polzeath by David Pilgrim came runner up in the judges awards.