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.

2017 exhibitions

Bright patchwork squares of red and orange shades on a blanket made by Kaffe Fassett, on display at Mottisfont

Kaffe Fassett's Colour at Mottisfont 

16 September - 14 January (excluding 24 and 25 December): celebrating the dazzling work of world-renowned artist Kaffe Fassett, this vibrant exhibition showcases a wide range of textiles from a career spanning over 50 years. Our gallery has been transformed with pools of vibrant colour, providing the perfect backdrop for Kaffe’s distinctive knitwear, tapestry, quilts and more.

2018 exhibitions

'The Rescue', a black and white cartoon by William Heath Robinson

Heath Robinson: Dreams and Machines 

We're showcasing the quirky machinery and exquisite paintings of Heath Robinson from 20 January - 15 April 2018. In the 1930s, Heath Robinson became known as "The Gadget King", and he is still most widely remembered for his detailed drawings of eccentric, over-complicated contraptions. But he was also a talented painter. Our exhibition reveals the extraordinary breadth of his work.

The Woman's Hour Craft Prize
Wednesday 23 April - Sunday 24 June

From handwoven willow structures and bespoke bicycles to unfired clay installations and futuristic glass figures, this exhibition showcases work from some of the most innovative and exciting craft makers in the UK.