Major exhibition series offers new way of looking at Capability Brown

01.02.2016 | category: Events
  • The lake at Petworth - Carol Naylor

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A major series of more than 40 exhibitions by the Embroiderers’ Guild celebrating the works of Capability Brown and the nation’s landscapes starts in February.

The Embroiderers’ Guild is one of the Capability Brown Festival 2016’s national partners. It has thousands of members across the UK, and welcomes anyone with an interest in stitch or textile art.

The series of exhibitions will run throughout 2016. As well as being hosted by many sites associated with Brown, it has expanded to take in other stately homes, exhibition spaces and large-scale one-off events, such as the Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch show in Birmingham. All will feature unique artwork by Guild branches and members, inspired by Brown as well as many other glorious landscapes and gardens.

Standen, a National Trust site in West Sussex, plays host to the first show of the year, starting on 8 February. The second follows a day later at Cannon Hall, Barnsley. Capability Brown is known to have visited the site, and advised on designs, but it is not known if his advice was ever taken. The Guild will also play an important role in a new exhibition about Brown starting at Blenheim Palace on 13 February.

Terry Murphy, the Embroiders’ Guild Chief Executive, said: Textiles is an art form unlike any other – like traditional artists we use colour and form as a base, but an entirely new layer of design comes into play when stitches are added. As the thread travels across the surface, stitches create paths which can direct the viewer’s eye, create a focal point, draw or deflect attention from a particular element, and create a texture that is at once visual and physical. 

“By using techniques as diverse as mixed media, felting, machine and hand stitching (to name a few), our artists have produced unique and high quality pieces which add another dimension to the Capability Brown celebrations.”

A listing of the events can be found below – details are on the Embroiderers’ Guild website, where you can also find more information on becoming a member. The Capability Brown-linked exhibitions have also been added to the Festival events calendar


8 February – 17 July, The Artful Craft of Embroidered Gardens, Standen, West Sussex

9 February – 5 June, Landscapes and Gardens, Cannon Hall, South Yorkshire *

13 February – 2 May, Capability Brown at Blenheim, Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire *


1 – 30 March, Landscapes of Capability Brown, Weston Park, Shropshire *

7 March – 30 October, Landscapes of Capability Brown, Charlecote Park, Warwickshire *

17 March - 20 March 2016, Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch show, NEC, Birmingham

19 March – 4 September, Landscapes of Capability Brown, Petworth House and Park, West Sussex *

20 March – 6 November, Landscapes of Capability Brown, Berrington Hall, Herefordshire *

22 March – 30 October, Landscapes and Gardens, Woodchester Mansion, Gloucestershire

25 March – 31 October, Terrestrial Delights, Bowood House, Wiltshire *


April 2016 – April 2017, Landscapes of Capability Brown, Ashridge Estate, Hertfordshire *

April – October, Castle Landscapes, Blair Castle, Perthshire

April – 31 July 2017, Landscapes and Gardens of Tatton Park, Cheshire

2 – 30 April, Landscapes of Capability Brown, Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire *

4 April – 28 October, Capability Found: A Stitch in Time, Stowe, Buckinghamshire *

4 April – 30 October, Landscapes and Gardens, Hedingham Castle, Essex

5 April – 25 June, Landscapes and Gardens, Melton Carnegie Museum, Leicestershire

11 April – 30 October, Landscapes of Capability Brown, Croome, Worcestershire *

11 April – 30 October, Landscapes and Gardens, Harold Hillier Gardens, Hampshire

27 April – 30 September, Landscapes and Gardens, Mount Edgcumbe House, Cornwall

30 April – 29 May, Landscapes and Gardens, Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk


1 May – 3 July, Landscapes and Gardens, Broughton Castle, Oxfordshire

2 May – 4 September, Landscapes and Gardens, Scampston Walled Garden, North Yorkshire *

7 May – 30 October, Landscapes of Capability Brown, Ickworth, Suffolk *

May – July, Landscapes and Gardens, Chirk Castle, Wrexham


June – August, Landscapes and Gardens, 16 New Street, St Helier

1 -30 June, Landscapes and Gardens, Leeds Castle, Kent

1 June – 31 July, London Palace Gardens, St Martins in the Fields, London

1 June – 30 September, Landscapes of Capability Brown, Lacock, Wiltshire *

6 – 26 June, Landscapes and Gardens, The Garden Rooms at Tennants, North Yorkshire

8 June – 3 August, Landscapes of Capability Brown, Gibside, Northumberland *

11 June – 29 October, Landscapes of Capability Brown, Wallington, Northumberland*


1 July – 31 August, Landscapes of Capability Brown, Stansted Park, Hampshire *

1 July – 31 August, Landscapes and Gardens, Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire

2 July – 24 September, Landscapes and Gardens, Pickfords House Museum, Derbyshire

3 July – 29 September, Landscapes of Capability Brown, Ugbrooke, Devon *

5 – 15 July, Landscapes and Gardens, Fenstanton, Cambridgeshire *

18 July – 29 August, Landscapes of Capability Brown, Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre, Surrey


2 August – 30 October, Landscapes and Gardens, Samlesbury Hall, Lancashire

30 August – 25 September, Capability Brown Landscapes, Artrix Arts Centre, Bromsgrove                            


September, Spirit of Oxburgh, Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk

September – October, Landscapes and Gardens, Hylands Park, Essex

September – October, Landscapes and Gardens, Macclesfield Silk Museum, Cheshire

8 September – 8 January 2017, Landscapes and Gardens, Grantham Museum, Lincolnshire

14 September – 17 October, Landscapes and Gardens, Milntown, Isle of Man

16 September – 30 October, Landscapes of Gawthorpe, Gawthorpe Hall, Lancashire


5 October – 9 October, Knitting and Stitching Show, London


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