Trust New Art exhibitions and events

Artist Serena Korda installs her ceramic mushroom artwork

Many of our places were built with art at their heart and we’re continuing this important creative legacy. Since 2009, Trust New Art has been connecting people to National Trust places through contemporary arts. So far we’ve worked with over 200 artists to create new work inspired by our places.

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

This programme is supported by partnerships with Arts Council England and Arts Council of Wales. We regularly collaborate with arts organisations to commission and present work of the highest quality. Find out how to get involved here.

Discover what’s happening at a place near you… 

East of England
Curious Cabinets at Felbrigg Hall

Wild and Exotic: Gary McCann at Felbrigg Hall, Norwich 

Follow in the footsteps of Felbrigg Hall’s exotic travellers and discover wild and eccentric objects from the storerooms displayed for the first time. Theatre designer, Gary McCann, has designed four extraordinary pieces of furniture to highlight his selection of weird and wonderful objects brought back to Felbrigg from all over the world by the different generations who lived there.

Midlands
An overhead view of the Field of Play at Attingham Park

Field of Play: Walter Jack Studios at Attingham Park, Shropshire 

Discover new ways to play at Attingham as its natural play space evolves over the next few years. Over thirty linked circles are currently marked out across the entire field, creating a series of circular spaces for exploration and play – a design motif that reflects the pattern found inside the mansion. Look out for further changes, as well as ways to make your mark as Walter Jack Studios continues to develop this space.

Garden installation at Berrington Hall

Look! Look! Look!: Heather and Ivan Morrison at Berrington Hall, Herefordshire 

Step into Heather and Ivan Morrison’s contemporary pavilion. This major new work takes inspiration from the Georgian tradition of temporary structures used for shelter, entertaining, dining, reading or illicit meetings. The pavilion marks the start of the restoration of Berrington’s Walled Garden, taking it back to its Georgian heyday.

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.

Catherine Aitken working on new artwork at Packwood House

Prospect Room: Catherine Aitken & David Murphy at Packwood House, Warwickshire  

Get closer to Packwood’s intriguing creator Baron Ash in the Prospect Room, an architectural destination in the landscape created by designer Catherine Aitken and artist David Murphy. This is a contemplative space between inside and outside that explores the dynamic between Packwood’s house and garden. Filtering light and sound it will play with your senses, presenting new ways of looking at Packwood's ever-changing scenery.

Ben Wigley combines photography with drawings and paintings

A Lost Paradise?: Benjamin Wigley at Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire 

Travel on a visual journey through Shugborough’s parkland, back to the tumultuous night of the great flood of 1795 that destroyed Thomas Anson’s sublime vision of his perfect paradise. Using celluloid film, sound, poetry and hand-crank-powered projector boxes positioned at points within the landscape, film maker Ben Wigley conjures up a dream-like glimpse back to the tempestuous event that changed the landscape forever.

North
people holding cards on a crag overlooking Wastwater

Fellowship of wind, rain and sunshine at the Lake District 

In 2018 we commemorated the gift of 14 summits to the nation as a war memorial after the First World War, through a special 'leave no trace' arts project of a song cycle performed and recorded on the top of Great Gable and the other fells gifted by the Fell and Rock Climbing Club and private landowners. Cumbrian songwriter and teacher Dave Camlin worked with professional and amateur musicians drawn from community choirs across Cumbria and northern England to bring this unique project to life.

Contemporary artist Giles Round gets inspiration from Chippendale cabinet at Nostell, West Yorkshire

Obelisk Marbling and The Director: Giles Round at Nostell, West Yorkshire  

Celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Chippendale at Nostell in West Yorkshire this year through visiting one of the temporary exhibitions. Marking Chippendale’s legacy as a creator of fashionable interiors and furnishings, Nostell will be host to a number of temporary exhibitions, which includes a current collaboration with contemporary artist Giles Round.

Artist Serena Korda installs her ceramic mushroom artwork

The Bell Tree: Serena Korda at Speke Hall, Liverpool 

Step into a magical environment this season. Deep in the heart of Speke's woodland is an ancient oak tree which has been transformed by award-winning artist Serena Korda into a sculptural sound installation with over 300 ceramic mushroom bells. Inspired by the folklore of the native bluebells that grow beneath its branches, The Bell Tree celebrates the dark side of the fairy kingdom.

Northern Ireland
Neon light installation - The Argory

Artificial Sunshine: Kevin Killen at The Argory, County Armagh 

Bathe in the glow of Kevin Killen’s neon light installation which spills down the spiral stairwell at the heart of this historic house. This Northern Irish artist found inspiration in the glow of the acetylene gas flame that once lit The Argory, to deliver an entirely contemporary take on this celebrated form of light.

South East
Virginia Woolf's writing desk at Monk's House

A Room of One’s Own: Monk’s House, East Sussex 

Play your part in an ongoing installation and film that responds to Virginia Woolf’s ‘A Room of One’s Own’, fittingly housed in the room in which she used to write. You are invited to share an image of your own creative space or to donate a copy of the book, with your favourite part highlighted.

Mark Wallinger's The Writ in Water installation at Runnymede, Surrey

Writ in Water, Mark Wallinger in collaboration with Studio Octopi at Runnymede, Surrey 

Reflect and re-imagine at Runnymede through a new public artwork - Writ in Water. At a site where over 800 years ago the feudal barons forced King John to seal the Magna Carta, Turner Prize winning artist Mark Wallinger, in collaboration with architectural practice Studio Octopi, has created a tranquil space offering you the chance to consider the ongoing significance and influences of Magna Carta. Commissioned in association with Situations.

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.

South West
Artists LOW PROFILE piece of work for Women and Power

For Me, For Her, For You: LOWPROFILE 

Surround yourself in this seven track audio artwork by LOW PROFILE and collaborator Neil Rose, which celebrates women. Stories of women recorded via interviews and voice messages, are woven with new audio work and protest songs from three singer songwriters.

Get involved or submit an art proposal

There are many ways to get closer to Trust New Art, whether through volunteering at property, visiting a project, or perhaps you are interested in developing a partnership or working with us as a Trust New Art artist. 

The Trust New Art programme is planned up to 3 or 4 years in advance. Projects can be initiated by our own teams, or through collaborations with other museums, galleries, universities, professional organisations and direct invitations to artists and curators.

We tend to work in an active commissioning way, rather than responding to proposals, unless they are of exceptional quality and closely align with our aims and objectives for that particular place. Therefore, on the whole, we do not encourage artists to submit proposals for review. Due to the large volume of proposals received, we can only follow up in exceptional circumstances and we are not able to return unsolicited material.

The majority of our commissions are selected through an open-call process, and we advertise these through our website, Twitter and Facebook feeds, and through Arts Jobs, Arts Council England’s opportunities board.

To get in touch email trustnewart@nationaltrust.org.uk.