Trust New Art exhibitions and events

This year's Trust New Art programme embraces many forms of contemporary art through residencies and commissions inspired by our places. Trust New Art is supported by partnerships with Arts Council England and the Arts Council of Wales. We will be adding more events through the year, so please check back again soon.

South West

A la Ronde and Greenway, Devon

Writing Places
Jane Feaver, Miriam Nash

  • Until end of September 2016, supported by Arts Council England

Writing Places celebrates the literary history of National Trust houses in the South West with author events, writers and poets in residence, open days and trails, and recording iconic poems inspired by each location with The Poetry Archive. In 2016, we'll be welcoming two new writers-in-residence: Jane Feaver at A La Ronde; and Miriam Nash at Greenway, Agatha Christie's former holiday home.

Writing Places is a partnership between the National Trust, Literature Works and The Poetry Archive.


Castle Drogo, Devon

Truth and Triomphe
Grayson Perry

  • Daily until 30 October 2016, then weekends only until 18 December 2016

A rare chance to see Grayson Perry’s Map of Truths and Beliefs created for his The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman exhibition at The British Museum. Perry’s tapestry is hung alongside a French masterpiece, the 300-year-old Char de Triomphe, providing an opportunity for visitors to compare and contrast the historic and contemporary methods, symbolism and making of both tapestries.

  • Map of Truths and Beliefs by Grayson Perry is on display at Castle Drogo
Map of Truths and Beliefs by Grayson Perry is on display at Castle Drogo
A colourful tapestry by artist Grayson Perry

Tyntesfield, Bristol

Emotional Archaeology 

Daphne Wright 

  • Until 20 November 2016
Two installations by artist Daphne Wright will respond to the history of Tyntesfield. The chapel will house film portraits of individuals in the intensely private moment of prayer and meditation. By contrast the cast and photographic works in the main house will explore mankind’s complex relationship with breeding.
This exhibition has been curated by Josephine Lanyon and will be co-presented at the National Trust Tyntesfield and Arnolfini, Bristol’s contemporary arts centre and gallery.
South East

Cliveden, Buckinghamshire

Scanner (Robin Rimbaud)

  • Until September 2016

Sound artist Scanner’s new sound installation invites visitors to reflect on Cliveden’s past and explore its unique Sounding Chamber. Following extensive restoration work, the historic chamber located below the South Terrace has opened for the first time in 30 years. Its purpose remains a mystery, but the discovery of hidden funnels in the ceiling and the impressive acoustics of the domed space suggest that it was used for musical performances.

  • Find out more about the sound installation at Cliveden


Mottisfont, Hampshire

The Observatory
Savinder Bual, Florence Kennard, Alyson Stoneman

  • Until 23 October 2016 (check for specific dates), supported by Arts Council England
Mottisfont is playing home to The Observatory, an intriguing structural installation consisting of an artist’s studio (The Study) and a public shelter (The Workshop). Three artists will each spend two months here – filmmaker Florence Kennard, poet Alyson Stoneman, and multi-media artist Savinder Bual. You’ll be able to see how these artists use this workspace to create art inspired by Mottisfont’s landscape, nature and architecture. The Observatory  is brought to us by SPUD, a charity that specialises in arts, architecture and education projects.
The Observatory in the beech circle at Mottisfont
A view of The Observatory through a circle of beech trees at Mottisfont, Hampshire

Runnymede, Surrey

The Jurors
Hew Locke

  • A long term installation

Commissioned to mark the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta in 2015, Hew Locke’s twelve intricately worked bronze chairs incorporate imagery representing key moments in the struggle for freedom, rule of law and equal rights.

Commissioned by Surrey County Council and National Trust and produced by public art producers Situations.


Standen House and Garden, West Sussex 


Will Shannon

  • 23 September 2016 – 23 April 2017
Will Shannon’s folly-like Bothy reflects the pioneering principles and production techniques of Standen’s Arts & Crafts heritage. Using materials found in the Sussex landscape, the commission will challenge him to learn new skills to create the different elements; from stained glass windows to simple furniture. Tucked away on Standen’s sandstone cliffs, Bothy will be a space to shelter, reflect and create. 

Berrington Hall, Herefordshire

Genius Loci
Red Earth

  • Until 1 January 2017 (check for specific dates), supported by Arts Council England

Environmental arts company Red Earth bring ‘Capability’ Brown's final landscape design to life with a series of outdoor installations and events. Join them on specific dates to create the installations from materials on the estate – then see them in their entirety from 8 August. Red Earth’s residency ends on 17 September with Strange Magic, an evocative evening celebration of live song, sound, music and fire.

Red Earth, Genius Loci: the first Intending Line with dawn frost, April 2016. Installation view, Berrington Hall
Red Earth, Genius Loci: the first Intending Line with dawn frost, April 2016. Installation view, Berrington Hall

Croome, Worcestershire

One Leg Supporting the Body, the Other Slightly Bent
Meghan Allbright, Chris Clinton, Sorsha Galvin, Katie Hayward, Sevven Kucuk, Fay Nicolson, Jaimini Patel, Sikander Pervez, Camilla Searle, Grace A Williams

  • Until 6 August 2017

In the past, the ten niches carved into the Long Gallery’s walls at Croome held Classical figurative sculptures of gods and goddesses; these have since been sold, lost or destroyed. Following the property’s long tradition of supporting new talent and decorative styles, Croome has commissioned ten early career artists to create new sculptures for the empty niches.

  • Find out more about the sculptures at Croome
Sorsha Galvin, The Departed, 2015. Installation view, Croome Long Gallery
Installation view showing two feet coming out of a wall by Sorsha Galvin



Croome Worcestershire 

Chair Play

Will Datson

  • Until end of 2017 

For many years Croome has stood empty. The return of the collection of furniture, paintings and ceramics this year provided a unique opportunity to work in collaboration with artists to highlight parts of the collection.  Will Datson’s towering Chair Play is an eye-catching and innovative way of presenting three of the original chairs, without the need for barriers.  

  • More about how we're presenting the collection at Croome
Will Datson, Chair Play, 2016
Installation called 'Chair Play' by artist Will Datson



Packwood House, Warwickshire

Packwood Follies
Hilary Jack

  • Until April 2017, generously funded by a Cadbury Play Grant

Inspired by a line written about Packwood in the 1930s, describing it as ‘a house to dream of, a garden to dream in,’ artist Hilary Jack has created installations to explore in the garden and park at Packwood; InsideOutHouse and Embedded.

East of England

Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire

On The Wing
Caroline Wright

  • Until 30 October 2016, supported by Arts Council England

Discover Caroline Wright’s beautiful, elegant bird cage in the flower meadows and take in hidden views of the estate. Commissioned to mark the 50th anniversary of Lord Fairhaven’s bequest of Anglesey Abbey to the National Trust, Caroline’s work highlights Fairhaven’s love of birdlife and his unrealised dream to create a garden folly. Caroline designed the installation to help convey the freedom and entrapment of wealth and personal circumstance. On 13 August a performance will animate the birdcage, referencing time, routines and the life of Lord Fairhaven.


Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk

Walk With Me
Strijbos & Van Rijswijk

  • Until 30 October 2016, supported by North Norfolk District Council

Explore an audio walkscape by Strijbos & Van Rijswijk, co-commissioned by Felbrigg Hall and Norfolk & Norwich Festival. Wander through woods and fields creating your own cinematic experience. With the landscape as your screen, headphones provide a soundtrack of music, words and sound effects. As you move through the grounds, moods change, time flits from past to present and an intriguing narrative by novelist Megan Bradbury recollects the past of Felbrigg Hall and reframes the estate as a place of stories and wonder

Explore an audio 'walkscape' at Felbrigg Hall
Map showing the audio walkscapes at Felbrigg Hall

Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire

Scene: a new way of looking

  • Until 30 October 2016, supported by Arts Council England

A major site specific installation by design practice, NEON, to celebrate the 300th anniversary of ‘Capability’ Brown. Inspired by Brown’s parkland as a series of picturesque views, or scenes, NEON’s installations invite you to explore the North Park and look with an artist’s eye.


Acorn Bank, Cumbria

Dorothy Una Ratcliffe Fellowship Exhibition: Women’s Work - Women in the Rural Landscape
Freya Pocklington

  • Acorn Bank: 2 September - 27 November 2016
  • Hill Top: 17 September - 20 October 2016, supported by Arts Council England
As we celebrate 150 years since the birth of Beatrix Potter, artist Freya Pockington delves into the lives of women who can be seen as the present-day counterparts of Beatrix Potter, who spent the later part of her life as a sheep farmer in the Lake District. The women are all working within the Lake District and surrounding areas to either conserve the landscape, or the farming way of life that have helped to shape it. 
Experience Pocklington’s drawings and audio recordings at Acorn Bank and Beatrix Potter’s former home Hill Top.
  • Find out more about the artist residency at Acorn Bank
Detail from ‘Janice Wears Dolce’ (2014) by Acorn Bank’s artist in residence Freya Pocklington
Detail from ‘Janice Wears Dolce’ (2014) by Acorn Bank’s artist in residence Freya Pocklington

Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, North Yorkshire


Portraits Untold

Tanya Raabe-Webber and David Hoyle

  • 1 October 2016
Join acclaimed disabled artist Tanya Raabe-Webber as she undertakes a live portrait sitting with performance artist David Hoyle. Fusing digital and traditional drawing and painting techniques, the sitting will see Raabe-Webbe and Hoyle in conversation exploring and celebrating the diversity of our common humanity. Join the event at Beningbrough or watch online via live streaming; either way you’ll be invited to join in the dialogue, explore diversity and create your own response either on paper or through digital drawing apps. 

This event is part of the Portraits Untold national diversity project supported by Arts Council England.



Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire

Mat Collishaw

  • Until 30 October 2016, commissioned in partnership with Blain Southern

For his first solo show in Yorkshire, Mat Collishaw has created two striking new installations for folly! at this World Heritage Site. Nestled in the dramatic eighteenth-century landscape surrounding Fountains Abbey, the Banqueting House and The Temple of Piety will be transformed by Collishaw’s immersive and enchanting installations. Drawing upon the history of buildings designed for revelry and reflection, the works are optical illusions that echo ghosts from the past.


Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire 

Autumn Lights  

Liz West

  • 9 September – 27 November 2016, supported by Arts Council England 
Liz West’s commission draws inspiration from over thirty thousand lead panes that make up the Tudor house’s windows, which are subtly tinted by trace impurities of copper, iron and magnesium. These glass colourways are the starting point for an artwork that uses prisms, filters, refraction and reflection to create a playful, spatial light trail through the house. The interplay of architecture, light and colour will change as the sun’s natural light shifts over the autumn season.

Lyme, Cheshire


Amanda Loomes

  • 16 September – 6 November 2016, supported by Arts Council England 

Amanda Loomes’ specially commissioned experimental documentary film will reflect on the historical and contemporary ‘keepers’ of Lyme. From the housekeepers and gamekeepers of centuries long gone, to contemporary figures who manage this living landscape today.

  • Find out more at Lyme

Nostell, West Yorkshire

Lost and Found

Becca Hoy

  • 10 September – 30 October

Nostell’s first artist in residence Becca Hoy has been creating a new work this summer, entitled Lost and Found. Inspired by the story of Nostell’s missing Etruscan vases, the piece is constructed from recycled materials using repeating shapes and patterns. Visit this autumn to see the completed installation amongst the remaining vases in the collection and join Becca for a series of ‘meet the maker’ sessions to have a go at specialist craft techniques. 

  • Find out more about the installations at Nostell

Speke Hall, Liverpool

Speke of the Future
Alice May Williams

  • 23 September – 27 November 2016, supported by Arts Council England.

This summer Speke Hall welcomes their first artist-in-residence in over a century. As part of Bluecoat’s (Liverpool’s centre for the contemporary arts) off-site programme, Alice May Williams will be researching and creating artwork to highlight Speke Hall’s relationship with the Arts and Crafts movement. You’ll be able to experience her new work at Speke Hall from 23 September.

  • Find out more about  the residency and exhibition at Speke Hall

Penrhyn Castle, Gwynedd

Artists-in-Residence exhibition
Lisa Heledd Jones, Joanne Wardrop, Robyn Woolston

  • Until 2 October 2016, supported by the Arts Council of Wales

Lisa Heledd Jones, Joanne Wardrop and Robyn Woolston have spent five months exploring Penrhyn; from its elaborate architecture to the difficult history of sugar and slate fortunes, slavery, and social and industrial unrest that surrounds the castle.

As this second stage of a three-year project, in collaboration with the Arts Council of Wales, draws to a close, Penrhyn’s artists-in-residence reveal their work within the castle, as well as venues in the local community.


One and All: a digital voyage through sight, sound and sea

Tania Kovats, Owen Sheers, Martyn Ware, Benjamin Wigley

  • Until November 2016, supported by Arts Council England and PRS for Music Foundation

Take a virtual walk along the coast and discover three digital artworks by visual artist Tania Kovats, poet Owen Sheers and sound artist Martyn Ware, with film by Benjamin Wigley. Following a launch exhibition at Somerset House in autumn 2015, you can experience the project for free online. Co-commissioned with Sound UK and produced in collaboration with Benjamin Wigley (artdocs) and digital agency The Swarm.