Bull Pen Gallery at Cotehele

Artwork on display in the Bull Pen Gallery at Cotehele, Cornwall

Cotehele's Bull Pen Gallery is proud to support the work of West Country artists and makers through exhibiting and selling their work.

Sorry, but the Bull Pen Gallery is currently closed

The Bull Pen Gallery at Cotehele has been closed since 19 March 2020 as we do our bit to protect everyone during the coronavirus crisis. We are working behind the scenes to reopen the gallery soon. Please visit our website for the latest information before visiting.

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Bull Pen Gallery is situated in one of the old farm buildings at Cotehele. Next to the medieval Barn restaurant, the bull pen was probably built when the East Range of the house was remodelled around 1860. It has been transformed into a light and airy space perfect for showcasing beautiful hand-crafted pieces.

The gallery is one of just a few within the National Trust. You’ll find a range of West Country contemporary arts and crafts displayed alongside handmade accessories and jewellery.

Meet the artists

Throughout the year, we'll be holding regular 'meet the artist' session in the Bull Pen, where you'll be able to find out more about how our exhibitors create their work and about what inspires them. 

The Bull Pen Gallery exhibits a range of ceramics, paintings, sculptures and jewellery
Jewellery on display in the new Bull Pen Gallery at Cotehele, Cornwall
The Bull Pen Gallery exhibits a range of ceramics, paintings, sculptures and jewellery

Regular exhibitiors

Paul Jackson

Paul is a ceramists based in Cornwall. Each piece of his work is first thrown on the wheel, with subtle alterations giving each piece character and strength defined by a journey of discovery. The journey then continues during decoration, where the pot’s elegance and sense of balance grow directly out of Paul’s concern for harmony between form, colour and the painted surface.

Michele Cowmeadow

Originally from London, Michele moved down to Cornwall at the age of 24. Throughout her life Michelle has enjoyed working in clay. Her pieces, often reminiscent of Grecian pottery have an usual and unique form. Concentrating on the decoration of her pots she brings her love of the classic to them by working in blue together with natural colours.

Kerry and Natalie Whittle work together as Whittle Design from their small workshop near Plymouth. Mainly working with bronze, steel and copper, their main aim is the creation of new forms, textures and colours using a variety of heating, melting and welding techniques. Applying these hand-made production methods they have formulated a wide range of functional and decorative items, including mirrors, frames, clocks, wall hangings and sculptures.

Clocks by Whittle Design
Clocks by Whittle Design
Clocks by Whittle Design

Love art? Own Art

To help you manage your art budget, Cotehele Gallery offers the Own Art scheme, a national initiative that helps spread the cost of buying British art and craft allowing you to spread the cost over a number of months. Next time you’re in the gallery, please ask one of the team for more details and to sign up.


Turning Point let the woodgrain shine through in their pieces
Bird forms by Turning Point displayed in Cotehele Gallery
Turning Point let the woodgrain shine through in their pieces