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: 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

Heath Robinson: Dreams and Machines
Saturday 20 January – Sunday 15 April

Over 60 works covering the extraordinary breadth of Heath Robinson’s work, from quirky machinery to dream-like watercolour landscapes.

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.