Since 2004 Compton Verney has been sharing its passion for art and nature with thousands of visitors annually, with special exhibitions, world-class permanent collections and events, and activities outreach for audiences of all ages.
As governor Loyd Grossman explains, ‘Compton Verney is remarkably even greater than the sum of its parts: an architecturally outstanding country house, a notable Capability Brown landscape and nationally significant collections. Far from the metropolis of London it is inspiring to experience innovatively curated exhibitions and such a wide range of educational and outreach programme. Compton Verney is both a place of beauty and a creative powerhouse spreading joy and energy throughout the region.’
Income from admissions only covering 38% of our running costs. As a charity, Compton Verney relies on the support of individuals, trusts & foundations and corporate sponsors to help us to continue to spread that joy. Here are just a few examples of how grants, trusts and individual donations have helped transform the gallery and enriched the experience of visitors and schoolchildren. We are incredibly grateful for all the support we have received over the years, and we hope to build on that generosity now and in the future to ensure that Compton Verney remains a unique and special place for generation to come.
- In 2017, a benefactor, who wished to remain anonymous, made a gift from a legacy left by an aunt to support projects in our Capability Brown landscape and music research. The benefactor said “As a family we have supported our local gallery Compton Verney for many years. After attending a recent talk about the gallery, I came to realise how much of a difference a donation of any size can make, and how the monies are used in a personal and thoughtful way. When my Aunt, Pam Reeves, died recently, leaving me an unexpected bequest, I knew this was a cause she would have keenly supported. Pam was a retired librarian and enjoyed art, travel and music. We are looking forward to seeing how our donation in Pam’s memory will support upcoming projects and help attract more visitors and supporters to this special place.”
- In October 2016 we opened our newly restored Georgian chapel. The Grade I-listed chapel was built to the design of ‘Capability’ Brown in 1776-9. The work which included repairing the roof, the plaster ceiling the bell-cote and restoration of the monuments and window glass was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund plus grants from trusts, including National Churches Trust, The H.B. Allen Charitable Trust, The Country Houses Foundation, J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust, The Pilgrim Trust, Allchurches Trust, WREN, The Leche Trust, The Francis Coales Charitable Foundation, The Georgian Group’s F E Cleary Fund and The Stephen Clark 1957 Charitable Trust and from individual donors, Wyn Grant and James Robinson, who sponsored entire windows.
Chief Executive & Artistic Director, Steven Parissien said, ‘This is a wonderful and much-deserved tribute to our immense fundraising achievement, rescuing our fantastic, Grade I-listed Chapel from dereliction. It looks better now than any time during the last century, and will now host a wide variety of concerts, lectures, events, artworks & services.’
- Also in 2016, thanks to the generous support of Wyn Grant, an allotment on the West Lawn was created to tie in with our 1950s exhibition, in memory of Maggie Grant. It continues to be a feature of our parkland, producing a range of fruit, vegetables, herbs and cut flowers on an annual basis.
- In 2015, funding from DCMS Wolfson and the Arts Council Designation Fund allowed us to redisplay our Chinese collection in a more appealing and modern way, which has greatly increased the footfall of this permanent collection and generated lots of positive feedback.