Cotehele Gallery

The 'water' table showing water themed items from this summer's Water and Colour exhibition

Cotehele Gallery is proud to support the work of West Country artists and makers through exhibiting and selling their work. The summer exhibition for 2019 is 'Water and Colour', which features ceramics and paintings which take inspiration from water, as well as work which makes bold and dramatic use of colour.

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.

Exhibitions

The gallery curates an annual programme of exhibitions, with occasional guest exhibitors from elsewhere in the United Kingdom. The exhibition currently showing in the gallery is 'Water and Colour', which features a wide range of local artists and craftspeople. You'll find bold and colourful paintings, glassware, woodcut prints, scarves, contemporary sculpture, ceramics, jewellery and much more.

New artists for Water and Colour

This summer we're excited to be featuring a number of new artists alongside some of our long-established contributors.

Phil Underwood is a wood engraver from South East Cornwall, who creates depth and feeling in his work with the simplest marks resulting in work that is fresh and alive and captures the spirit of the landscape it represents.

Phil Underwood's monochrome prints capture their subject perfectly
Gallery wall displaying Phil Underwood's woodcut prints at Cotehele
Phil Underwood's monochrome prints capture their subject perfectly

Artist, illustrator and designer Matt Buckett is inspired by Dartmoor and creates paintings using a bold, colourful palette with dramatic contrasts and heavy application of paint. Water and Colour features several of his landscapes and also some of his wildlife portraits, including some from his recent project on bumblebees.

You'll find many colourful paintings in the Water and Colour exhibition at Cotehele Gallery
Paintings in the lobby for the Cotehele Gallery
You'll find many colourful paintings in the Water and Colour exhibition at Cotehele Gallery

We have two new artists who work with wood in this current exhibition. Robbie McEwan is a wood turner, carver and painter who also specialises in pyrography - the art of burning designs onto wood. He has returned to his native Cornwall after living in Australia for ten years and you can see the influence of Australian art in his experimental pieces.

Robbie McEwan's pieces are immediately recognisable because of his Australian influences
Wooden bowls by Robbie McEwan on display in Cotehele Gallery
Robbie McEwan's pieces are immediately recognisable because of his Australian influences

Turning Point is a family business in the South Devon countryside who create a range of traditional and contemporary woodturned pieces. The deceptively simple lines of their creations show off the beauty of the grain in the Devonian wood they use. The family have been woodturning for three generations and consider the art of woodturning to be part of their family heritage. 

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

Glassmaker and engraver Gill Mannings Cox  has exhibited in the Victorian and Albert Museum, the private collection of the late Queen Mother, Denmark's National Glasmuseet and the National Glass Centre to name a few. She lives in the Tamar Valley, where she teaches as well as continuing to produce her own works in glass.

The blues in this glass by Gill Mannings Cox works beautifully on the 'water table'
A glass vase by Gill Mannings Cox on display in Cotehele Gallery
The blues in this glass by Gill Mannings Cox works beautifully on the 'water table'

Some of the other artists featured in the Water and Colour exhibition

You'll find some dramatic sculptures created by local sculptor Brendon Murless. His figurative bronzes are immediately recognisable. However, it is one of his garden sculptures for which he is probably best know at Cotehele, as Brendon created the giant sculpture of the apple and the hand which has been on display in the Mother Orchard at Cotehele for the last eleven years.

Watercolour artist Peter Dolbear has been exhibiting at Cotehele for a number of years and his paintings are always highly sought after.

Originally from London, Michele Cowmeadow moved down to Cornwall at the age of 24. Throughout her life Michele has enjoyed working in clay. Her pieces, often reminiscent of Grecian pottery, have an usual and unique form.

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.