Discovering Britain and Mottisfont by The Caravan Gallery

The Caravan Gallery outside Tate Britain

Discover a unique mobile gallery containing extraordinary photos of everyday life by artists Jan Williams & Chris Teasdale. Look out for The Caravan Gallery in the beech circle from Saturday 3 - Sunday 11 June, 10am-5pm.

The Caravan Gallery is a colourful mobile exhibition venue and visual arts project run by artists Jan Williams and Chris Teasdale, who use photography to create accessible but thought-provoking images celebrating overlooked and occasionally bizarre aspects of everyday life.
An exhibition of around fifty previous photographic works, chosen to complement Mottisfont’s current Discovering Britain: the Shell Heritage Art Collection exhibition, will be on display during the residency.

The Toilet Garden, Portsmouth by The Caravan Gallery
Flowers adorn a pair of toilets in Portsmouth in a photo by The Caravan Gallery
The Toilet Garden, Portsmouth by The Caravan Gallery

The Caravan Gallery will be creating new, site-specific work, including photographic portraits of visitors. The residency will also respond to Mottisfont in general, documenting its unique characteristics and highlighting unusual and overlooked details.

The exhibition will grow and evolve during the residency: a selection of images will be printed on site and displayed next to the caravan, and some of this work will be displayed in the Beech Circle after the residency has finished.
At least one of the artists will be at The Caravan Gallery exhibition at all times to talk and interact with visitors, asking them to share thoughts by writing notes and completing intriguing surveys about Britain, Mottisfont and the National Trust. This material will then be incorporated into the gallery’s display.

The artists will also be taking photographs and interacting with people around the site.

The history of The Caravan Gallery

Since setting up in 2000, The Caravan Gallery has travelled thousands of miles and exhibited in hundreds of locations in the UK and abroad, sharing images from an ever-expanding photographic archive with the most diverse audience imaginable.

Equally at home exhibiting in a shopping centre car park or prestigious arts venue, The Caravan Gallery invites visitors to respond to observations of their locality.

People’s enthusiasm to share their own impressions inspired The Caravan Gallery to devise participatory Pride of Place Projects in partnership with local arts organisations.

Part evolving exhibition, part alternative visitor information centre, these projects give local people an opportunity to explore their surroundings in a creative way by contributing to our display.

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