Cotehele Gallery

Vases and other art works on display in the Gallery at Cotehele

Cotehele Gallery is proud to support the work of West Country artists and makers through exhibiting and selling their work. The winter exhibition for 2019/20 is 'Merry and bright', which features ceramics and paintings which make 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.


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 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 Merry and Bright

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

Steve Robinson creates small freestanding ornamental pieces through to large scale architectural panels in kiln-formed glass and enamels from his studio in Totnes, Devon.

Stoneware artist Janet Burnett creates pieces inspired by the Cornish countryside with a signature Staffordshire blue glaze.

New this winter you'll also discover felt scuptures of animals, birds and botanical designs by Eliza Acty; anodised aluminium jewellery by Caroline Parrott; and strong, bold oil paintings by Teresa Pemberton.

Some of the other artists featured in the Merry and Bright 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.