As part of the preparation for our 20 years celebrations, our Chinese Bronzes and Women’s Library collections will be closed from Monday 26 February, reopening with the rest of our new season on Thursday 21 March.

An interview with our Gallery Interpreters

An interview with our Gallery Interpreters

Being a Gallery Interpreter for three years now, Steve loves being able to share his passion for art and engage people of all ages. He enjoys being part of Compton Verney’s gallery team because he enjoys opening people’s eyes to alternative ways of seeing art.

We are delighted that Steve has answered some questions on his role as a Gallery Interpreter…

What is your favourite collection?

Northern European – for the eloquent yet subtle way the gallery informs us of the compelling humanity of Northern European art, in its truth to nature, its concern for the human condition, and its passionate responses to contemporary religious, political, social and artistic changes.

What has been your favourite exhibition at Compton Verney?

Shakespeare in Art – this exhibition showed an eclectic mix of responses to Shakespeare’s work. The narrative was strong and compelling, and there were so many spine tingling moments for me, not least Ophelia in her watery grave, and the gloriously sensuous works of Fuseli.

What forthcoming exhibitions at Compton Verney are you most looking forward to?

Lucas Cranach – it will be a telling exposition of this most fascinating of Northern masters, at once portraitist, political activist, religious revolutionary, entrepreneur and friend. Along with Dürer an outstanding figure of the Northern Renaissance.

A bit of fun – name three artists you would invite to dinner

William Blake, Artemisia Gentileschi and David Hockney

What sends you home happy after a day at Compton Verney?

Seeing smiles on people’s faces. Three words that describe a typical day at Compton Verney would be: sharing, laughing, engaging.


You can catch Steve or any of our Gallery Interpreters on one of our Collection or Exhibition tours.