Special exhibitions to mark the 300th anniversary of celebrated landscape gardener, ‘Capability’ Brown

Friday 20 May 2016

This summer, the Capability Brown Festival 2016 celebrates the life, work and legacy of the 18th-century landscape architect Lancelot ‘Capability' Brown, the man attributed for what we know today as the ‘quintessential English garden'. A range of special art exhibitions will take place across the country, inspired by Brown's stunning landscapes.

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The Empress and the Gardener

A special exhibition of drawings at Hampton Court Palace by Brown's surveyor John Spyers on loan from The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg.

When? 28 April - 4 September.

Where? Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, a 30-minute train journey from London.

Lenses on a Landscape Genius

A contemporary photography exhibition (taking place during the London Festival of Architecture) highlighting the work of several leading landscape and garden photographers, each offering their own take on Capability Brown's landscapes.

When? 22 June - 29 July.

Where? The Building Centre, Store Street, London; within walking distance from London Underground stations Goodge Street and Tottenham Court Road.

A Capable Businessman: Brown's account book

Find out how Capability Brown managed the astonishing range of projects he undertook in this exhibition, which focuses on his only known account book. In addition, the exhibition will also feature contemporary horticultural literature from the period.

When? 5 September - 28 October.

Where? Lindley Library London (Royal Horticultural Society), London; the library is closest to Pimlico and St James' Park London Underground stations.

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The English Garden: Views and Visitors

Items from the collections of the Bodleian Library tell the story of 18th-century garden design, creativity and tourism. A range of additional lectures and talks from Oxford academics will accompany the exhibition over the summer months.

When? 8 July - 4 September.

Where? Blackwell Hall of the new Weston Library, Oxford, an hour's journey from London by train or car.

Scene: a new way of looking

A major contemporary installation by NEON, an award-winning design practice, that seeks to explore new territories between architecture, design and art.

When? Until 30 October.

Where? Wimpole Estate (cared for by the National Trust), Arrington, Hertfordshire, just over an hour's journey from London.

Petworth Park Revealed: The Naked Landscape

Colonel Wyndham's room at Petworth is opened for the first time to host an intriguing exhibition that explores the scale and impact of Brown's work at Petworth. The exhibition includes new aerial footage, films and 3D reconstructions.

When? Until 6 November 2016.

Where? Petworth House & Park (cared for by the National Trust), Petworth, West Sussex, a 90-minute train journey from London.

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Strange Magic and Delicarta Exhibition ‘Bringing Paper to Life'

See a range of art installations, from work by environmental artists Red Earth set within parkland and which interprets the landscape's restoration back to Brown's original vision, to 18th-century characters of Berrington Hall, including Brown, brought to life in hand-crafted full-scale paper costumes.

When? Until Autumn 2016.

Where? Berrington Hall (cared for by the National Trust), near Leominster, Herefordshire. Close to the border of Wales Herefordshire is a three-hour train journey from London, and 90 minutes from Birmingham.

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Works by sculptor Emma Stothard

Hull-born sculptor Emma Stothard recreates Brown's vision at Burton Constable, with an exhibition throughout the parkland of wire and willow sculptures inspired by the wildlife that once roamed Brown's landscape and quirky stories from the Hall's history.

When? 28 May - 29 September.

Where? Burton Constable, Holderness, East Yorkshire. Getting there: Holderness is in north England, a 25-minute journey from Hull city centre, and around four hours by train from London.

Noble Prospects: Capability Brown and the Yorkshire Landscape

The first-ever exhibition dedicated to Brown's Yorkshire landscapes and created by the Yorkshire Gardens Trust to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

When? 25 June - 11 September.

Where? Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate, north Yorkshire, three hours by train from London.

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The Capability Brown Exhibition at Milton Abbey

A multimedia exhibition for all the family, featuring film, photography, textiles, a computer game, an interactive tour, and original works by local artists as well as Royal Academician Stephen Farthing.

When? 6 July - 21 August.

Where? Milton Abbey, Milton Abbas, Dorset, around two-and-a-half hours' drive from London.

And there's more...

The Embroiderers' Guild presents more than 40 textile exhibitions inspired by Brown's designs and landscapes at venues across England and Welsh Historic Gardens Trust will tour venues in Wales including hotels and churches with a bilingual exhibition.

For further details of Capability Brown Festival 2016 exhibitions and other events, visit www.capabilitybrown.org/events

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