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Compton Verney What’s on

March – July 2010

Exhibition – Francis Bacon: In Camera Adult courses – Understanding art Family – Tiny tots and holiday activities Grounds events – Bat nights Café – Seasonal specials Daily tours – Collections and Exhibitions Shop – Unique gifts by local designers 4


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Children and families

Look out for this logo to find family friendly activities running throughout the school holidays. These are included in the price of admission. Here are some of the other family friendly facilities we offer to make your visit enjoyable and hassle free: • Free family activity packs to help you explore the collections and exhibitions. • Pushchair park. • Accessible toilets with baby-changing facilities.

For more information or to book call 0121 644644 5160 To book call 0121 5160 2

• Hippy Chick hip seats for loan to help you carry a child aged 6 mths to 3 yrs in comfort. • Family friendly café. • Children’s crafts and art books in the shop.

Top left: Francis Bacon, Portrait of John Edwards. 1988. Oil on canvas © 2010 The Estate of Francis Bacon, courtesy of Faggionato Fine Arts, London and Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York. Top right: John Deakin, Photograph of George Dyer. Collection: Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane. ©2010 The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved / DACS, London.


Francis Bacon: In Camera 27 March – 20 June Francis Bacon is acknowledged as one of the most important painters of the twentieth century. Direct and compellingly raw, his paintings generate powerful emotional responses which continue to fascinate and demand our attention. This exhibition will, for the first time, focus on Bacon’s source material and working methods. Besides significant oil paintings from 1944 to 1989, it will include archival material from Bacon’s studio, now in Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane and film footage and stills which shed new light on the visual references to film and photography in his work and his transformation of these images in fluid oil paint. Photographs by Eadweard Muybridge and John Deakin will be displayed alongside the paintings they informed – in particular, Bacon’s reconfigurations of the human body. Exhibition co-organised by Compton Verney and Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane.

Deconstructing Bacon 27 March – 20 June Seen alongside the exhibition Francis Bacon: In Camera will be a display that focuses on Bacon’s working processes. With items from Bacon’s studio, including drawings, unfinished canvases and annotated photographic reproductions of his own work, Deconstructing Bacon will give a fascinating insight into the artist’s working methods. Visit our reading and resource area where you can read books on Bacon, leave your comments and take part in our interactive activities.

Exhibition tours

Exhibition tour: Francis Bacon: In Camera Every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, 12 noon until Sun 20 June A one hour tour of Francis Bacon: In Camera. Places are limited so please sign up on arrival. Tour included in admission price. Teachers’ tour Mon 29 March, 4.30pm – 6pm An opportunity for secondary school teachers and FE tutors to tour the exhibition with Curator Antonia Harrison, to find out about our related learning programme and to book a visit. Places are free but please book on 01926 645 529.

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Late March and April March and April are great months to enjoy the flowering primroses and daffodils in the grounds, see if you can hear the first call of the cuckoo and celebrate St George’s day with us on 23 April. See an image of him and a host of other saints in our Northern European collection. This month you can also enjoy a morning coffee and cake in our new coffee bar before setting off around the galleries for one of our new gallery walks where you can find out more about the collections. Parents and grandparents with toddlers can have fun at our new tiny tots sessions, whilst the whole family can enjoy our range of Easter activities or lunch in the café.

New for 2010 – Daily gallery walks, tours and favourite objects

Tues 12 noon Francis Bacon exhibition tour Wed 12 noon My favourite object Thurs 12 noon My favourite object Fri 12 noon Francis Bacon exhibition tour Sat 12 noon* Naples gallery walk Sun 12 noon Francis Bacon exhibition tour *Fourth Saturday of month this walk will be audio described for the visually impaired.

Tues 2.30pm Northern European gallery walk Wed 2.30pm Chinese gallery walk Thurs 2.30pm British Portraits gallery walk Fri 2.30pm Folk Art gallery walk Sat 2.30pm Folk Art for families Sun 2.30pm Naples for families Walks, tours and favourite objects included in admission price. Places are limited. Please sign up upon arrival.

NEW FOR 2010 – Audio described walks

For visually impaired people, a 30 minute audio described walk, led by a trained interpreter, focusing on our Naples collection. All are welcome. To avoid disappointment we suggest you book this walk in advance. Tickets £8, concs £6, children £2, carers and members free. Includes gallery admission.

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Late March and April events

Francis Bacon for families

Sat 27 March – Sun 20 June, 11am – 5pm

Pick up a Bacon trail from the Ticket Desk to help you and your family explore our latest exhibition and get the most from your visit. Included in admission price.

Cookery school: Easter baking

Mon 29 March, 10am – 4pm Tickets £110. Call 0121 767 3643 for info and bookings.

Easter family fun – Eggstraordinary creatures

Fri 2 – Fri 9 April, 11am – 4pm Is it a man? Is it a mouse? Track down the egg box creature in the Marx-Lambert collection and take up our challenge to make your own extra-ordinary creation. When you’ve finished, pick up our Easter trail to find hidden clues throughout the collections. Included in gallery admission, just turn up and join in.

Bat nights

Thurs 8 April, 7pm , Thurs 29 April, 7.30pm Join the Warwickshire Bat Group and discover the secret lives of these fascinating creatures and watch them fly in the parkland at Compton Verney. Children are welcome. Early booking is recommended as these events are always popular. Tickets £6, concs £4.

Cookery school: Beginners Mon 12 April, 10am – 4pm

Tickets £99. Call 0121 767 3643 for info and bookings. NEW FOR 2010 – Tiny tots Every Tues from 13 April – 25 May, 11.30am – 12.30pm Perfect for pre-schoolers, these sessions allow you and your toddler to enjoy storytelling and to explore our Folk Art collection with our activity packs. Afterwards stay behind and chat with friends in our family friendly café. Baby-changing and bottle-warming also available. Included in admission price. Please sign up upon arrival.

Adult workshop: Photography masterclass: Bacon and movement

Sun 18 April, 10am – 4pm Exploring photographers such as Muybridge, and the photographic imagery which influenced Bacon’s figurative paintings, this workshop will give you the opportunity to experiment with photographic techniques, such as multiple exposures, movement and blurring. Working with Ray Spence you will photograph a nude life model and then explore distorting the figure. Tickets £65. Please bring your own digital camera.

Audio described walk

Talk and tour: Francis Bacon, a personal insight

Sat 24 April, 12 noon See page 4 for details.

Sat 24 April, 4pm

Join Michael Clark, both portrait painter and friend of Francis Bacon, as he walks around the exhibition to give a personal, anecdotal and insightful tour into Bacon’s work and life. Find out more about Michael at Tickets £13, concs £11. Includes gallery admission. Members £5.

Adult workshop: Distorted bodies

Sun 25 April, 10am – 4pm

Working with artist Dean Melbourne you will explore the methods and techniques Francis Bacon employed to manipulate and distort images of the body. The day begins in the exhibition examining Bacon’s use of photography and found images. You will then manipulate photographic images to create a mixed media work on a screen printed background. Tickets £65.

Calendar of events - KEY Family Adult Audio Talk Tours Friendly workshop described Please note: • Booking is essential for ticketed events. • Day-long adult workshops – for lunch you can reserve a table in the café by calling 01926 645 511 (please book your workshop place first).

BOOK NOW or 01926 645 500

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In sunny May, the splendour of Compton Verney and the beauty of the grounds come to life. The birds are busy rearing their young amongst our ancient trees; watch them whilst walking our Capability Brown footpaths. Come along one weekend and experience our new family tours of the galleries. With two Bank Holidays this month there’s plenty of time to take in our Francis Bacon exhibition and revisit the Folk Art collection on a day when English traditions such as May pole and Morris dancing are celebrated throughout the UK. If you enjoy music, don’t miss the two concerts this month. Browse in our shop and see our new seasonal range of outdoor games and picnic equipment.


Every Tues, 11.30am – 12.30pm until 25 May

NEW FOR 2010 Understanding art series

First Fri of month, 3pm – 4pm

This new series of talks offers a general introduction to the history of art from the Renaissance to the present through the collections at Compton Verney. Tickets £13, concs £11, includes gallery admission. Members £5 or Special offer – buy two in the series and get one free.



See page 4 for details.

Fri 7 May, 3pm – 4pm – Renaissance Art Dr Victoria Avery, University of Warwick This talk explores our Northern European collection during one of the greatest periods of creative and intellectual achievement, which reached its zenith in sixteenth-century Rome with da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Titian. Fri 4 June – Portraying the Tudors and Stuarts – see June for full details Dr Steven Parissien, Compton Verney Fri 2 July – Art and the Grand Tour – see July for full details Dr Rosie Dias, University of Warwick

Far left: John Deakin, Black & white photograph of Francis Bacon. c.1967. Collection: Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane ©2010 The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved / DACS, London.


May events

Francis Bacon and photography

Sat 1 – Mon 3 May, 11am – 4pm

Enjoy your Bank Holiday weekend with us. After visiting the Francis Bacon exhibition drop in to our creative space and contribute to our giant photomontage. Then work over a picture of yourself or a friend to take away. Included in gallery admission, just turn up and join in.

Bat night

Thurs 6 May, 7.45pm See 8 April for details.

Talk: Francis Bacon latent images

Sat 8 May, 2.30pm

Join Bacon scholar and curator Martin Harrison as he discusses the impact of both film and photography on the work of Francis Bacon. In this talk Martin will outline new research about the images Bacon manipulated and reworked in his paintings. Tickets £13, concs £11, includes gallery admission. Members £5.

Adult course: Drawing the figure

Sun 9, Sun 16 & Sun 23 May, 10am – 4pm

This three week life drawing course suitable for intermediate and advanced students will focus on the genre of the figure and the male nude. Experienced artist Mary Riley will help you learn about the use of anatomy in drawing, experiment with mixed media and explore movement and static poses inspired by our collection and the Francis Bacon exhibition. Tickets £100.

Adult workshop: Bacon – the figure in space

Fri 21 May, 10am – 4pm Explore Bacon’s interest in the relationship with the figure, space and motion with artist Hannah Murgatroyd. Begin the day in the Bacon exhibition looking at the source material, which inspired his figurative paintings. Then combine drawing and photographic material to create new images which will provide inspiration for a painting. Tickets £65.

Talk: The media and techniques of Francis Bacon

Sat 22 May, 2.30pm

Find out more about Bacon’s methods of working with Joanna Shepard, Head of Conservation at Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane which houses Francis Bacon’s Reece Mews studio complete with its contents. Tickets £13, concs £11, includes gallery admission. Members £5.

Adult course: Pick up a paintbrush Sat 29 May, Sat 5 & Sat 12 June, 10am – 4pm

Led by artist Beccy Roberts and aimed at total beginners, this enjoyable workshop runs over three consecutive weeks. Inspired by our collections and the Francis Bacon exhibition, it focuses on experimentation and simple techniques using acrylic and water based oil paints. Tickets £85.

Bank Holiday Spring Sounds

Sat 29 – Mon 31 May, 11am – 4pm


Impromptu. Musicians from Orchestra of the Swan stage short performances in our galleries.

Internationally-renowned harpist Professor David Watkins, violinist Michael Bochmann and soprano Jane Leslie MacKenzie, present a programme appropriate to Compton Verney’s history, from Bach and Handel to Mozart and Haydn. Tickets £15, concs £11.50, includes gallery admission. Members £5.

Picture the music. Use music to inspire you to create a picture music score with pencils, crayons and craft materials.

Wedding fayre

Concert: Orchestra of the Swan

Sun 9 May, 3pm

Sun 16 May Call for details.

 usical stories in art. Sign up for our musical M storytelling sessions bringing paintings to life in the Naples collection. Included in gallery admission. Mon 31 May, 2.30pm

Audio described walk

Sat 22 May, 12 noon See page 4 for details.

Part of the Spring Sounds Festival, the Orchestra performs a new work by Joanna Lee and Walton’s Façade. Conductor: Kenneth Woods. Tickets £15, concs £11.50, includes gallery admission. Members £5.

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June As the weather gets warmer and we celebrate the first days of summer, come and relax in the grounds and enjoy a traditional afternoon cream tea in our café. Borrow a grounds audio tour from the Ticket Desk and find out more about their fascinating history. Pick up one of our new guide to the collection from the shop and discover more about your favourite works in the collections.

Adopt a tree... A gift that really makes a difference By adopting a tree at Compton Verney you will be safeguarding our beautiful historic environment for future generations.


Save money and give dad or grandad a treat. We invite all children to bring their dad or grandad to receive free admission and have a great family day out. Explore our collections with a family pack, follow the trail through our Francis Bacon exhibition, enjoy a special family lunch in the café and then have fun in the grounds.


For more information on how to adopt a tree call us on 01926 645 500.

June events


See page 4 for details. New Summer schedule from 22 June – call for details.

Cookery school: Pudding club

Mon 7 June, 10am – 4pm Tickets £99. Call 0121 767 3643 for info and bookings. Bacon bonanza Half term family fun for all ages

Tues 1 – Sun 6 June, 12.30pm – 2pm or 2.30pm – 4pm Book on arrival – session 1hr 30min. Explore the paintings of Francis Bacon, find out how he made them and try out one of our fun making activities. On Tues and Wed join artist Emma Lance and look at how Bacon painted the human body, then have fun tearing images to produce your own collage.

Talk: The body beautiful in art and its distortions

Sat 12 June, 3pm

Changes in knowledge and perceptions of the human body have influenced artists down the ages. These changes in turn affect how we interact with art. Join expert medical historian from the Wellcome Trust and Radio 4 Presenter, Dr Elizabeth Hurren, in an unusual exploration of images of the body in art, from Cranach’s 16th century image of the ideal female form, to Francis Bacon’s compelling distorted male figures of the 20th century. Tickets £13, concs £11, includes gallery admission. Members £5.

Adult workshop: Experimental portraiture

Sun 20 June, 10am – 4pm

On Sat and Sun join artist Benny Semp to look at how Bacon used photography. Use skewed perspectives, smeared paint, folded and torn photographs to create your own work to take away. Activity included in admission price. Places are limited so please sign up upon arrival.

This one-day workshop, led by artist Beccy Roberts, involves an exploration of the techniques and bravura painting style of Francis Bacon. Visit both our British Portrait collection and Francis Bacon: In Camera to look at how different artists approach the painted portrait. You will work with found images in the morning and a life model in the afternoon, as well as experiment with different painting styles to develop your own individual techniques. Tickets £65.

On Thurs and Fri join artist Nadia Wazera and look at how Bacon painted faces. Then cut out, stick together and paint over facial features to create your own portrait.

Understanding art series

Fri 4 June, 3 – 4pm - Portraying the Tudors and Stuarts Dr Steven Parissien, Compton Verney Focusing on our Tudor and Stuart royal portraits, you’ll discover how they fitted into the increasingly ambitious iconography of the monarchy as crafted by Holbein, Van Dyck and their contemporaries, and how, by the beginning of the English Civil War, the image of the monarch was considerably different from the public’s perception of him. Tickets £13, concs £11, includes gallery admission. Members £5. Special offer – buy two in the series and get one free (see page 6 for details).

Adult course: Pick up a pencil

Every Fri 25 June – 23 July inclusive, 11am –1pm

This ‘learn to draw’ course led by Beccy Roberts is back by popular demand. Designed to inspire beginners and the more experienced, it will focus on the basic skills of drawing, simple sketching, mark making, line and tonal drawing, perspective and composition. Now even better value as it’s extended to run over five consecutive weeks. Tickets £85.

Audio described walk

Sat 26 June, 12 noon See page 4 for details.

Calendar of events - KEY Family Adult Audio Talk Tours Friendly workshop described Please note: • Booking is essential for ticketed events. • Day-long adult workshops – for lunch you can reserve a table in the café by calling 01926 645 511 (please book your workshop place first).

BOOK NOW or 01926 645 500

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While away the day, visit our Neapolitan collection, delight in the picture postcard views of the Bay of Naples, then climb the stairs to our exhibition galleries where you’ll see thrilling images of Vesuvius erupting over Naples in our stunning new exhibition Volcano: from Turner to Warhol. Whilst on the first floor go in to the Chinese galleries where you’ll see new displays of beautifully designed ornate mirrors and an array of ancient chariot fittings to accompany our horsemen. Before you leave be sure to enjoy a refreshing drink and light lunch in our award-winning cafe and treat yourself to a print of the Bay of Naples from our shop.

NEW Exhibition: Volcano: from Turner to Warhol 24 July – 31 October 2010 This is the first exhibition to celebrate the extraordinary artistic outpourings that volcanic eruptions have triggered over the past five centuries. The exhibition ranges from early engravings, showing imagined cross-sections of the fiery centre of the earth, to an explosive series of paintings by Joseph Wright, J M W Turner and Andy Warhol. It is a chance to examine the presence of volcanoes as geological phenomena and their power and influence, through an exciting range of historic and recent works of art.

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Eye-opening and spectacular, the exhibition traces a route through the sequence of volcanic eruptions – from the calm volcano and first ominous rumblings, to cataclysmic explosion, through panic and death to aftermath, and then quietly back to dormancy and extinction. It includes important loans from public and private collections in volcanic regions such as Naples and Reykjavik, as well as works from museums in London, Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Paris, Rome and New York.

Top image: Gaspar van Wittel (known as Gaspare Vanvitelli) Posillipo with the Palazzo Donn’Anna. Oil on canvas, about 1700-02. © Compton Verney.


July events


Call for summer schedule.

Understanding art series Fri 2 July, 3pm – 4pm - Art and the Grand Tour Dr Rosie Dias, University of Warwick In the eighteenth century, the Grand Tour of Europe was an educational rite of passage undertaken primarily by young men of the British ruling classes. It took travellers through France and Italy in search of the best in art and culture. This talk incorporates a closer examination of related works in the Compton Verney collections. Tickets £13, concs £11, includes gallery admission. Members £5. Special offer – buy two and get one free.

Adult workshop: Painting miniatures

Far left: Pierre-Jacques Volaire (1729-about 1792), An Eruption of Vesuvius by Moonlight. Oil on canvas. 1774. © Compton Verney. Middle: Tang dynasty (AD 618-906): One of twelve painted equestrian figures, about AD 700-800. Pottery. © Compton Verney.

Sun 4 July, 10am – 4pm To celebrate the return of our Oliver Cromwell miniature, join us on this one-day painting workshop with miniaturist artist Aza Adlam. For anyone who finds large sheets of paper daunting, and loves fine detail, this workshop will introduce the fascinating techniques used by early miniaturists. You will build up paint on to a plastic surface using tiny dots or strokes, in the way they did on ivory. Tickets £65. No previous experience necessary.

Display: Warwickshire Artsweek Sat 3 – Sun 18 July We are delighted to be hosting an exhibition of work by local artists as part of Warwickshire Artsweek. An exciting range of paintings, sculpture, ceramics and jewellery will be displayed in the entrance areas so come along, have a coffee and invest in a work of art for your home. For info on Warwickshire Artsweek see

Folk Art Summer weekend Sat 17 and Sun 18 July Our Folk Art collection has long been a favourite with our visitors. Join us this weekend and take part in a wide variety of activities celebrating the traditions seen in the Folk Art collection. Organised in association with For info on Warwick Folk Festival see

Arty activities for all in Summerspace

Tues 27 July – Sun 5 September For the duration of the school summer holidays we invite you to come along and enjoy a range of creative activities inspired by our Volcano exhibition.

Audio described walk Sat 31 July, 12 noon See page 4 for details.

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Calendar of events - KEY Family Adult Audio Talk Tours Friendly workshop described Please note: • Booking is essential for ticketed events. • Day-long adult workshops – for lunch you can reserve a table in the café by calling 01926 645 511 (please book your workshop place first).

BOOK NOW or 01926 645 500

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Group visits

Pre-booked adult groups of 15+ receive discounted admission, an introductory talk and special offers in the shop and café. Call 01926 645 516 to book. Visit to download our group visit guide. £7.20 £5.40 £13 £11

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How to find us

Compton Verney is situated 9 miles south-east of Stratford-upon-Avon on the B4086 between Wellesbourne and Kineton. From the M40 take junction 12 and follow the brown signs.

Public transport links

By rail The nearest stations are Leamington Spa, Banbury or Stratford-upon-Avon, approximately a 25 minute taxi ride from each.

School visits

One day programmes for pre-booked school groups (call 01926 645560 to book). Pupils / students £4 Teachers Free

By bus From Banbury or Wood Street Stratford take the 269, for details call 0871 200 2233. From Stratford Tourist Information Centre, take City Sightseeing Heart of Warwickshire tour calling at Compton Verney. Service runs 29,30,31 May, every weekend throughout June & July, then daily from 24 July – 5 Sept. For further details visit or call 01789 412 680.



Parking is free. There are a limited number of spaces in front of the gallery for blue badge holders. Visitors can also be dropped off at the front door to the gallery.

Assistance dogs only.

There is also disabled parking in the main car park if you wish to explore our accessible woodland footpaths. £1 grounds admission applies. Please recycle me.

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Front cover: Francis Bacon, Study for a Portrait of John Edwards. Oil on canvas, 1989. Private Collection © 2010 The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved / DACS, London.


Compton Verney What's On March - July 2010  

Compton Verney's What's on guide for Spring 2010. Inside you will find information on forthcoming and future exhibitions, talks, tours, fami...