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 that opened on Sat 17 March.

Compton Verney is excited to be redisplaying our popular British Folk Art Collection. We are working with artist and designer Mark Hearld, who is both curating the redisplay and producing new works in response to the collection. This includes a wallpaper design, collage pieces and metalwork silhouettes. Mark takes his inspiration from flora and fauna of the British countryside and is known for working across a variety of media.

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