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Seurat to Riley: The Art of Perception

Sat 8 July – Sun 1 October 2017, 11am – 5pm

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An eye-popping journey through pointillism, pattern and perception.

One of the first exhibitions of its kind in the UK, Seurat to Riley: The Art of Perception explores how artists have exploited the ways in which the human eye and mind perceive what we see. Containing over ninety works including painting, sculpture, light works, prints and drawings from public and private collections, the exhibition will also feature a gallery-sized mural by German abstract artist Lothar Götz commissioned by Compton Verney.

The journey begins in the 19th century when artists were eagerly experimenting with the new exciting colour theories of the day. Discover how they began to use colour in ways that simulated our real world experiences, replicating the colours of nature and even movement. Learn how this desire to create art that conjured up the world around us evolved throughout the 20th century to the mesmerising Op art of today. Includes works by twenty three artists including Georges Seurat, M.C. Escher, Josef Albers, Victor Vasarely, Bridget Riley, Peter Sedgley, Daniel Buren, Liz West and more.

FREE entry for Members  

Find out more by joining an Exhibition Tour (daily at 12 noon & 2.30pm from 15 July): Explore key themes and works of Seurat to Riley with a 45 minute tour led by our expert Gallery Interpreters.  Sign up on the day.  Tours are included in exhibition admission.

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2017 Membership Prices

Up to 2 family children go FREE with each Adult or Joint Member!
Membership valid for 12 months from purchase.



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




Silver 12 Months Membership

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




2017 Admission Prices

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



Child 5-15

Under 5


Exhibitions, Collections and Park

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

with Gift Aid

with Gift Aid



without Gift Aid

without Gift Aid