When I received my beautifully packaged Art Pass from ArtFund I was looking forward to getting into top London exhibitions half price. What I wasn’t expecting was the wealth of galleries, museums and stately homes right across the country offering free entry with the ArtPass. Spending a week at my parents for Easter was the perfect time to check out some cultural destinations closer to home.
Gainsborough House is the former residence of 18th century painter Thomas Gainsborough. As well as as hosting a collection of his work, it also displays the work of local contemporary artists, has a print making studio open to the public and a beautiful sculpture garden.
It is so interesting to see both contemporary and 18th century artists responding to Suffolk; it’s landscapes, it’s wildlife, it’s buildings, it’s people.
For me it was fascinating to see a picture of St Mary’s church in Hadleigh (where my parents live) in the 1700s. It’s remarkably unchanged today; the grave yard is just a bit fuller and the trees a bit taller.
Adult admission to Gainsborough House £5, or free with an Art Pass.
The Art Pass gets you half-price entry to major exhibitions all over the UK and free admission to over 200 museums and galleries. Thank you to ArtFund for kindly gifting me an annual Art Pass.