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Creating the Countryside

Thomas Gainsborough to Today

Sat 18 March – Sun 18 June 2017, 11am – 5pm

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A major exhibition examining our relationship with the countryside, bringing together Old Masters and contemporary artists whose work spans more than 350 years.

Creating the Countryside provokes reflection on the artistic, social and political forces that have played an important role in forming successive generations’ perceptions of this ‘green and pleasant land’.
The rural idyll occupies a deeply rooted place in the nation’s psyche – Compton Verney’s ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped grounds are themselves an expression of this. Creating the Countryside explores how artists have shaped the vision of rural life and landscape, offering a new perspective on the countryside and its expression in contemporary art and society.
Works by artists including Thomas Gainsborough, Claude Lorrain, George Stubbs and Stanley Spencer are joined by pieces from contemporary artists such as Mat Collishaw, Anna Fox, Sigrid Holmwood and Grayson Perry to present you with a broad spectrum of responses to, and interpretations of, this sceptred isle.

 

The development of this exhibition was supported in part by a Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Research Grant from the Art Fund.

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Image: Paul Reas, Constable Country, Flatford Mill, Suffolk, 1993, lightjet print, © The Artist, courtesy of The Hyman Collection, London

 

 

Credits

Peter Kennard , Haywain with Cruise Missiles, 1980 © Tate, © Peter Kennard

2017 Membership Prices

Family tickets include two adults and four children.
Concessions get £1 off full price tickets.

Adult

Joint

Under 26s

Gold 12 Months Membership

Unlimited free entry to Exhibitions, Collections and Park • Gold member previews • 3 free 1-day family guest passes • Exclusive member discounts

£32

£62

£18

Silver 12 Months Membership

Unlimited free entry to Exhibitions, Collections and Park • Exclusive member discounts

£28

£54

£15

2017 Admission Prices

Family tickets include two adults and four children.
Concessions get £1 off full price tickets.

Adult

Family

Child 5-15

Under 5

DAY TICKET

Exhibitions, Collections and Park (from 18 March)

Includes access to the Exhibitions, Collections and Park for the date of ticket purchase.

£15
with Gift Aid

£32
with Gift Aid

£3

Free

£13.60
without Gift Aid

£29.00
without Gift Aid

£3

Free

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