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April 2017

Spring Walk

April 2

Spring Walk Exploring Temple Wood Temple Wood is one of two naturalistic paradises created at Weston; the other being the Shrewsbury Walk.  Temple Wood is a rare treasure and was laid out for the ‘pleasure of walking’ as Sir Henry and Lady Bridgeman would walk with guests. Temple Wood is a classic of Brown’s work, showing the experienced landscape gardener working in a self-assured way to create what would have been a naturalistic garden paradise which would have engaged all…

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December 2016

Royal Birmingham Society of Artists – Granary Art Gallery

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - Saturday, December 31, 2016

Weston Park has, on several occasions, welcomed artists from the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists to exhibit in the Granary Art Gallery. We are therefore thrilled that the society itself is bringing it’s own exhibition in which its member artists are considering the Capability Brown legacy. Formed in 1821, the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists is one of the oldest of British art societies. It is an artist-led charity that supports artists and promotes engagement with the visual arts through…

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November 2016

Matthew Wood – Granary Art Gallery

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The inside-out view is what Matthew Wood will be bringing to Gallery visitors in November, taking the House as the architectural set piece of a landscape and looking out from it. If you’ve ever visited the House you will appreciate how special the views are from each of its windows – all contrived by the way in which the landscape has been managed by Capability Brown and those who have followed him. Matthew focuses on the interiors of grand country…

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October 2016

Capability Brown – Autumn Walk

Sunday, October 30, 2016

To celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Capability Brown Head Gardener Martin Gee will lead four seasonal guided walks across the estate to reveal Brown’s legacy in all its glory. Martin will explore Weston’s entire landscape story from Brown’s original plans, what did they mean to Sir Henry Bridgeman who commissioned the work and what is Brown’s legacy today. Autumn Walk  Some might argue that the landscape is at its most glorious in the autumn as the trees…

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Capability Brown: Digital Interpretations

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - Friday, October 28, 2016

This wonderful exhibition is brought to you by the ‘Transatlantic Digital Print Group’ who explore Brown’s legacy through their digital prints. Landform was a huge part of Capability Brown’s work, with scores of navvies literally shaping the earth as part of his work in creating sinuous lakes or in contouring drives.  The ‘Transatlantic Digital Print Group’ takes this as their inspiration in what promises to be a fascinating exhibition. The group comprises: Pam Brown, Walter Early, Kendall Mingey, Brian Thompson, Jane…

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September 2016

Graham Colling – Granary Art Gallery

Thursday, September 1, 2016 - Thursday, September 29, 2016

Photographer Graham Colling will bring together a spectacular year in the life of Weston Park. From dawn to dusk throughout each season Graham has been capturing pictures of Weston in all its beauty; from an early frost covering the ground to sun dappled trees on an autumn afternoon. Having won numerous awards, the Weston Park Foundation is pleased to be sharing Graham’s work and his intimate view of the living landscape and its bio-diversity at different times of the year.…

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August 2016

Capabili-Teas: Afternoon Tea in the Orangery

Sunday, August 14, 2016

This year we are celebrating the 300th anniversary of legendary landscaper ‘Capability’ Brown’s birth with a very special “Capabili-Tea”. Head Chef Guy Day has created a menu using recipes from the 1700’s to give guests a taste of Afternoon Tea how it would be served in Capability Brown’s time.  Treats in store include gingerbread with a ginger cream, jumble biscuits flavoured with star-anise and a traditional seed cake alongside favourites including classic finger sandwiches and homemade scones with cream. Either…

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Capabili-Teas: Afternoon Tea in the Orangery

Friday, August 12, 2016

This year we are celebrating the 300th anniversary of legendary landscaper ‘Capability’ Brown’s birth with a very special “Capabili-Tea”. Head Chef Guy Day has created a menu using recipes from the 1700’s to give guests a taste of Afternoon Tea how it would be served in Capability Brown’s time.  Treats in store include gingerbread with a ginger cream, jumble biscuits flavoured with star-anise and a traditional seed cake alongside favourites including classic finger sandwiches and homemade scones with cream. Either…

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Capabili-Teas: Afternoon Tea in the Orangery

Sunday, August 7, 2016

This year we are celebrating the 300th anniversary of legendary landscaper ‘Capability’ Brown’s birth with a very special “Capabili-Tea”. Head Chef Guy Day has created a menu using recipes from the 1700’s to give guests a taste of Afternoon Tea how it would be served in Capability Brown’s time.  Treats in store include gingerbread with a ginger cream, jumble biscuits flavoured with star-anise and a traditional seed cake alongside favourites including classic finger sandwiches and homemade scones with cream. Either…

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Sarasin & Partners National Fine Art Open

Monday, August 1, 2016 - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

In the month during which the date of Capability Brown’s birth falls, the Sarasin & Partners National Fine Art Open Competition will be held.  This year artists intending to enter the competition are asked to produce work celebrating Brown’s work or being the antithesis of his work, and also to consider the theme of landscape before, during and after his time. Thanks to the generosity of our main sponsor, Sarasin & Partners, the main overall prize will be £2,000 whilst…

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July 2016

Capabili-Teas: Afternoon Tea in the Orangery

Sunday, July 31, 2016

This year we are celebrating the 300th anniversary of legendary landscaper ‘Capability’ Brown’s birth with a very special “Capabili-Tea”. Head Chef Guy Day has created a menu using recipes from the 1700’s to give guests a taste of Afternoon Tea how it would be served in Capability Brown’s time.  Treats in store include gingerbread with a ginger cream, jumble biscuits flavoured with star-anise and a traditional seed cake alongside favourites including classic finger sandwiches and homemade scones with cream. Either…

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Capability Brown – Summer Walk

Thursday, July 28, 2016

To celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Capability Brown Head Gardener Martin Gee will lead four seasonal guided walks across the estate to reveal Brown’s legacy in all its glory. Martin will explore Weston’s entire landscape story from Brown’s original plans, what did they mean to Sir Henry Bridgeman who commissioned the work and what is Brown’s legacy today. Summer Walk Capability Brown’s landscaped parkland is now home to some of the largest and most acclaimed outdoor events…

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Andrew Naylor & Tim Royall – Granary Art Gallery

Friday, July 1, 2016 - Sunday, July 31, 2016

Andrew Naylor needs no introduction to readers of the beautiful New Arcadian Journal, which marries scholarship about gardens and landscape with superb artist-produced illustrations.  His drawings and prints are a highlight of numerous issues of the publication.  A professional sculpture conservator, Andrew’s skills as a draughtsman, honed from life drawing, are at once obvious in his work and we are delighted to welcome this show – dedicated to his interpretations of Capability Brown’s work. Tim Royall is a sculptor whose…

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June 2016

Managing Capability Brown’s Legacy – a talk by The Landscape Agency

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Landscape Agency has been working with the Weston Park Foundation for the past 15 years, over-seeing a 25 year project to restore the park and pleasure grounds and will be delivering a fascinating talk on Thursday 16th June. This talk will look at how Weston Park has evolved in response to the fortunes and fashions of successive owners and designers, resulting in a landscape of immense richness and diversity. From the work undertaken by Capability Brown in 1765-6 but also…

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The Birmingham Conservatoire Evening Concert

Sunday, June 12, 2016

The great Dining Room at Weston, dominated by Robert Edge Pine’s conversation piece of Sir Henry and Lady Bridgeman and their Family Making Music below a bust of Handel, will be the setting for an evening concert by members of the Birmingham Conservatoire.  In this, the tercentenary of the birth of Britain’s greatest landscape gardener, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, the selection of works will include many that were favourites of Sir Henry Bridgeman, Brown’s patron at Weston Park.  Both Sir Henry…

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Russell Gilder – Granary Art Gallery

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

We are delighted to welcome Russell Gilder back to the Granary Art Gallery – who first exhibited with us in 2010. Russell Gilder has been a practising artist for 20 years, having studied at the School of Fine Art in Birmingham completing the BA Fine Art Degree in 1996. He states that his art practice primarily consists of drawing, painting and printmaking, derived from the ancient woodland landscapes of England and Wales, particularly Mortimer Forest, South Shropshire. His work has…

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May 2016

Temple Wood & Adventure Playground Opening

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - Thursday, May 26, 2016

Temple Wood and the Woodland Adventure Playground are open for an extended period this year to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of legendary landscaper Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. The wood is part of Weston’s extensive grounds and is one of the jewels in the crown of Brown’s work, showcasing his virtuosity as a landscaper.  A naturalistic and romantic paradise, over the last 15 years the Weston Park Foundation, the charity that owns and maintains the estate has gradually returned…

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Simon Vernon – Granary Art Gallery

Sunday, May 1, 2016 - Monday, May 30, 2016

Cartography – the art of creating maps – was enormously important to Capability Brown in his landscape designs and to the draughtsmen that he employed such as John Spyers.  Simon Vernon  therefore takes a very different view of Brown’s work, but one which would have been very familiar to him as he went about proposing landscapes, capturing ideas and representing them in map form. As one of the world’s leading map makers, Simon brings painstaking skill to bear in his…

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April 2016

Tim Scott Bolton – Granary Art Gallery

Friday, April 1, 2016 - Thursday, April 28, 2016

Landscape artist Tim Scott Bolton has spent the last couple of years visiting a number of Capability Brown projects across the country to paint them in all their glory for this dedicated exhibition.  Tim has established an outstanding reputation as an exponent of landscape painting and has an exceptional list of patrons that is headed by the Prince of Wales. As part of his work for the show Tim has painted a number of works depicting Brown’s work at Weston,…

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March 2016

The Embroiderers’ Guild – Granary Art Gallery

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - Thursday, March 31, 2016

Spring will arrive in the Granary Art Gallery, with the work of the Embroiderers’ Guild, whose members are working on individual pieces to create their own interpretation of Brown’s work at Weston. Having made numerous visits to the estate, the members imagination will have borne fruit in what promises to be a fascinating show of their painstaking art. This is one of a series of exhibitions of work being undertaken by the Embroiderers’ Guild at various Capability Brown sites throughout…

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