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.
 

Exhibitions 2017

A pencil self-portrait by Rex Whistler

Rex Whistler exhibition at Mottisfont 

14 January - 23 April 2017, 11am - 4pm: this major exhibition explores the talents of the extraordinary artist, Rex Whistler, at the home of his last great artwork. Almost one hundred items are on display, from large oil paintings to sketchbooks, letters and personal items.

A Shell poster of The New Forest by Edward McKnight Kauffer

Discovering Britain exhibition at Mottisfont 

6 May to 2 July, 11am-5pm: invoking a spirit of escape and adventure, posters commissioned by Shell from the 1920s – 1950s featured historic landmarks and inspiring scenes of British countryside, brought vividly to life by artists such as Paul Nash, Graham Sutherland, Rex Whistler and Vanessa Bell.

 


The Gruffalo and Friends: the Art of Axel Scheffler
15 July – 3 September 2017

Axel Scheffler has been creating imaginative illustrations for more than 30 years, and is perhaps best-known for his collaborations with Julia Donaldson, including the modern classic The Gruffalo, which has sold over eleven million copies worldwide and been translated into 70 languages. This exhibition features many favourites from his personal collection.