The Clearing  is a collaborative artwork by artists Alex Hartley and Tom James. Together they are building a geodesic dome by the lake, an ‘eye-catcher’ for the 21st Century, where visitors can explore at first hand a future afflicted by climate change.     Help us to bring this vision to life at Compton Verney Park


Major grant for British Folk Art Display

Compton Verney has been awarded £36,000 from the DCMS / Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund.


WANTED: Caretakers to come and live in the future at Compton Verney

The Clearing is a vision of the future, coming to the grounds of Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park from March to December 2017. British artists Alex Hartley and Tom James are creating a living, breathing encampment in the shadow of a stately home on the shores of an idyllic lake, where people can come together to explore at first hand a future afflicted by climate change. And they need your help. In the middle of The Clearing they’re building a geodesic dome from scrap materials (metal and old doors) inspired by the utopian communities of 1960s America. And now they are looking for volunteer caretakers to come and occupy it for a series of short periods throughout the year, to help bring the vision to life. In the dome, you’ll have access to a stove, a bed, a means to cook and heat water, a toilet, a solar-powered lamp, and a library of hippy-survival guides from throughout the ages. You’ll be expected to help with the upkeep of The Clearing (chopping wood, feeding the chickens, fixing the fence if it falls down etc etc), introduce visitors to the project and write a short report afterwards of what happened. Anyone […]


Queen Victoria in Paris: Curator’s Favourite

Thanks to the Queen Victoria in Paris: Watercolours from The Royal Collection exhibition in October – December 2016, we managed to get Rosie Razzall, the curator of the exhibition and Curator of Prints and Drawings, Royal Collection Trust, to share her favourite artwork from the exhibition.


Compton Verney’s Christmas Mannequin Challenge

Christmas is coming! Santa’s little helpers (The CV team) have been busy getting Compton Verney ready for the festive season. We decided to take a break from decorating and freeze for the Mannequin Challenge.


Spoon Lovers

Hello everyone, I thought this recent addition to our British Folk Art collection might be of interest to some of the spoon lovers amongst you. We acquired this piece in late 2015 and installed it during our Winter closed period, ready for Compton Verney’s Spring opening.

1 comment
Your Daily Dose Of Compton Verney

Get the latest news and inspiration delivered straight to your inbox by signing up to our mailing list.