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British Folk Art Collection

Compton Verney has the largest collection of British folk art in the UK.

Folk art is a wide-ranging term which often includes objects made by untrained artists, or made by people trained as sign-painters who were able to use their painting skills to make their own artworks. Terms such as ‘people’s art’ or ‘popular art’ are also widely used.

Works in Compton Verney’s collection are extremely diverse, and include weathervanes, shop signs, paintings of prize animals, street scenes, furniture, agricultural implements and collage pictures. The collection also includes a work by highly regarded folk artist Alfred Wallis.

Entry to British Folk Art is included in all ticket types


Rediscover our newly designed British Folk Art Collection when we re-open our doors Sat 17 March.

We are delighted to represent our British Folk Art Collection with a re-displaying of existing items. We are working with artist Mark Hearld, who as well as re-displaying the existing collection will be producing new works in response to it, these include a wallpaper design and metal silhouettes which directly refer to specific objects and paintings in the collection. Mark takes his inspiration from flora and fauna of the British countryside and works across a number of mediums, producing lithographic and linocut prints, paintings, collages and hand-painted ceramics. The re-displayed collection will also have new interpretation and lighting; helping to make the collection more interesting and engaging for visitors.

Explore Compton Verney's Collections



Northern European

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