Trust New Art exhibitions and events

Installation called 'Chair Play' by artist Will Datson

We invite you to experience our special places from a different perspective. Many of our places were built with art at their heart. To continue this important creative legacy, we created our Trust New Art programme in 2009. Since then we’ve worked with over 200 artists to create new work inspired by places in our care.

The installations you visit might take you to unexplored areas, reveal hidden stories or help you see our special places in different ways. Our arts programme includes visual arts, crafts, architecture, performance, and writing – all inspired by the spirit of our special places.

We work with Arts Council England and the Arts Council of Wales to make these projects possible. Explore what’s happening near you...

South East
John Newling - the origin of Q

A Language from the Garden: John Newling at Nymans, West Sussex 

John Newling’s interactive and thoughtful installation brings a strong visual presence to the garden. Follow an ‘alphabet trail’ of twenty six sites on a journey around the garden, exploring the language of the plant species and discovering the origin of each letter.

The Jurors artwork by Hew Locke, at Runnymede in Surrey

The Jurors: Hew Locke at Runnymede, Surrey 

Take a seat in this ancient landscape where the Magna Carta was signed over 800 years ago. Beautifully created with imagery, Hew Locke’s 12 bronze jurors’ chairs invite you to reflect on the histories and issues shown, and to debate the meaning of justice.

Standen Bothy by Will Shannon Mezzanine and Stained Glass window

Bothy: Will Shannon at Standen, West Sussex 

Tucked away on Standen’s sandstone rocks, Will Shannon’s Bothy is a space to shelter, reflect and create. Inspired by the pioneering principles of Standen’s Arts and Crafts heritage, Shannon has learnt new skills to create each component of the folly-like structure.

Midlands
Image of the Intending Lines from Red Earth's Genius Loci exhibition at Berrington Hall in Herefordshire

Genius Loci: Red Earth at Berrington Hall, Herefordshire 

Discover a series of outdoor installations commissioned to celebrate the 300th anniversary of ‘Capability’ Brown in 2016. Created using materials from the estate, each of Red Earth’s installations reveals a different element of Brown’s original landscape design.

War and Pieces by Bouke de Vries

Bouke de Vries: War and Pieces at Berrington Hall, Herefordshire 

See the dining room at Berrington transformed by Bouke de Vries’ award-winning sculpture. The piece takes inspiration from elaborate seventeenth century sugar sculptures and banquets given on the eve of battle. For this special presentation, de Vries has woven Berrington’s naval story into the sculpture.

Installation called 'Chair Play' by artist Will Datson

Chair Play: Will Datson at Croome, Worcestershire 

Will Datson’s towering Chair Play is one of several artist installations you’ll discover at Croome. His eye-catching chair structure is designed to showcase part of Croome’s recently returned collection.

Visitors walking through 'The Golden Box'

The Golden Box: Bouke de Vries at Croome, Worcestershire  

Step into Bouke de Vries’ The Golden Box, which was commissioned to present some of Croome’s recently returned ceramics collection. The cube is encrusted with exquisite pieces of Meissen, Worcester and Sèvres porcelain.Reflect on and experience Croome’s stunning collection from a unique perspective.

One of the Follies at Packwood

Packwood Follies: Hilary Jack at Packwood House, Warwickshire  

Discover Hilary Jack’s playful installations as you explore the estate at Packwood. Her folly-like structures take inspiration from the ‘follies’ (plays staged in architectural structures) hosted by Packwood’s former owner Graham Baron Ash.

North
Harrison’s Garden by Luke Jerram

Harrison’s Garden: Luke Jerram at Nostell, West Yorkshire 

Luke Jerram’s installation of 2,000 clocks celebrates the work of famous clockmaker John Harrison, who was born at Nostell. Experience this ticking installation as part of Nostell’s 300th anniversary celebrations of Harrison’s first longcase clock. It will then tour to Castle Drogo, Gunby and Penrhyn Castle.