The Mottisfont Open Exhibition 2018

A painting of waves crashing on rocks by artist Bron Stubbington

This exhibition happened in September - November 2018 and has now finished.

The Mottisfont Open Exhibition 2018 runs from Saturday 15 September - Sunday 11 November, 11am-5pm (closing at 4pm from 5 November). Normal property admission price only. For visitors unable to access the second floor gallery, we have digital versions of exhibitions on iPads which are available on lower levels.

The exhibition gives any artist the opportunity to display work in our gallery. The call out this year saw a fantastic response, with over 400 entries received. 

Works were submitted by a diverse mix of artists, the vast majority from Hampshire and the surrounding counties, with a number from further afield. The chosen artists include several previous exhibitors, as well as some new and young artists. 

Avebury Standing Stones, by Kate Findlay: one of the works selected for the Mottisfont Open Exhibition 2018
A textile piece by artist Kate Findlay, depicting the standing stones at Avebury
Avebury Standing Stones, by Kate Findlay: one of the works selected for the Mottisfont Open Exhibition 2018

The exhibition showcases a fascinating variety of media and styles, from drawings and paintings to 3D works, and several textile pieces – perhaps inspired by Mottisfont’s Kaffe Fassett exhibition last autumn. There are sculptural works from some unusual materials: plastic bottles, hair, and soap flakes.

Two Balls and a Spoon, by Naty Lopez-Holguin: one of the works selected for the Mottisfont Open Exhibition 2018
Small sculptures of two balls and spoon, made from soap flakes and fluff
Two Balls and a Spoon, by Naty Lopez-Holguin: one of the works selected for the Mottisfont Open Exhibition 2018

Visitors to the gallery will recognise some much-loved local landmarks, from Salisbury Cathedral to the glass houses at Bombay Sapphire Distillery. Wildlife and the natural world are common themes; there are several works featuring woodlands and the coast.

Birling Gap, by Jan Sherwood: one of the works selected for the Mottisfont Open Exhibition 2018
A linocut work depicting the coast at Birling Gap, by artist Jan Sherwood
Birling Gap, by Jan Sherwood: one of the works selected for the Mottisfont Open Exhibition 2018

This year's successful entries were selected by a panel of directors and curators of art galleries in the local area: Tim Craven, Curator at Southampton City Art Gallery; Faye Perkins, Arts Development Officer at Test Valley Borough Council; Ros Carter, Head of Programme (Senior Curator) at John Hansard Gallery; and David Dixon, Artist & Director of Chapel Arts Studios in Andover.