Exhibitions at Mottisfont

Mottisfont's last owner, Maud Russell, was a lover of art. We continue those passions today with changing exhibitions in a spacious art gallery.

Our gallery

Our gallery is currently closed between exhibitions. Our next exhibition will be Thelwell: Laughter and Landscapes, opening Saturday 5 January.

Maud Russell made Mottisfont into a vibrant hub of artistic activity from the 1930s onwards. She invited many Modern British artists, critics and designers for long weekends of croquet and creative conversation.

Artist and collector Derek Hill was a frequent visitor. He honoured his long friendship with the Russells by leaving a substantial collection of 20th-century art to us, on display throughout the house.

We continue these artistic traditions today, with changing exhibitions throughout the year.

For anyone unable to access the upstairs gallery, we have digital versions of exhibitions on iPads which are available on lower levels.

2019 exhibitions

Thelwell cartoon of a pony jump

Thelwell exhibition at Mottisfont 

5 January - 22 April: our first exhibition of 2019 will be a welcome return to the world of Norman Thelwell. There'll be old favourites on show, including the antics of iconic characters Penelope and her mischievous pony, Kipper. Our exhibition also includes other astute and amusing observations on country life, satirical cartoons, and breath-taking landscapes.