The opening exhibition for Cotehele Gallery in 2019 is 'Spring Showcase'. displaying and sell the work of West Country artists and craft makers.
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.
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 'Deck the Halls', which features a wide range of local artists and craftspeople. You'll find decorations, scarves, children's clothing, paintings, prints, ceramics, jewellery and much more.
This spring we're excited to be featuring a number of new artists alongside some of our favourite contributors.
Dominique Coiffait, the West Country print-artist who created the spectacular Commemoration Garland which was displayed in Cotehele's Great Hall over Christmas 2018 is exhibiting and selling a number of his prints and collages inspired by Cotehele and the garden here.
You'll also 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 wehich he is probably best know at Cotehele, as Brendon created the giant sculture of the apple and the hand which has been on display in the Mother Orchard at Cotehele for the last ten years.
Other artists featured in the Spring Showcase exhibition
Waercolour 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 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 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.
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.