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

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.

2018 exhibitions

Where Holes Happen by Celia Pym for the Woman's Hour Craft Prize © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The Woman's Hour Craft Prize 

From 25 April - 24 June, discover the bold, beautiful and brilliantly diverse works by the 12 finalists of the £10,000 Woman’s Hour Craft Prize. From a bespoke bicycle to willow sculpture, this exhibition provides an important snapshot of how contemporary British craft practice reflects on, and engages with, the world today.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea exhibition banner

Judith Kerr: The Tiger Who Came to Tea 

From 7 July - 2 September, we're celebrating the 50th anniversary of the much-loved classic, The Tiger Who Came to Tea. This exhibition - originated by Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books - brings this delightful and enduring picture book to a new generation of family audiences. You'll also be able to see over 30 original illustrations from other well-loved works by Judith Kerr, such as the Mog stories.

Strandline, an acrylic painting by Andrea Hook, selected for the 2016 Open Exhibition at Mottisfont, Hampshire

Apply for the Mottisfont Open Exhibition 2018 

Would you like to see your work on display in Mottisfont's gallery? Applications are now open for the Mottisfont Open Exhibition, on show 15 September - 11 November 2018. Closing date 6 July 2018.

2018 resident artists

An art book, Space Time, created by artist Eileen White

Artist residency at Mottisfont 

Artists Eileen White and Suna Imre are seeking inspiration at Mottisfont with a 12 month residency, until October 2018. Responding to seasonal changes through making, contemplation and conversation will enable them to develop their individual processes and create new collaborative work based on their surroundings.