Upton House and Gardens is hosting a National Portrait Gallery Exhibition.
From 21st September – 9th December 2019, visitors will be able to see “Faces of Change: Nature’s Champions”
This exhibition is a partnership between the National Trust and the National Portrait Gallery drawing on portraits from the Gallery’s Collection. It focuses on individuals who have transformed the way we perceive, experience, and aim to protect the natural world.
Included are environmental activists, scientists, poets, politicians, campaigners, gardeners and broadcasters who have affected how we interact with our environment.
Visitors will have the chance to get up close and personal with the faces of environment champion and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough and the author of My Family and Other Animals, Gerald Durrell.
Others featured in the exhibition include Gardeners’ World presenter Roy Lancaster, who travelled the world on plant-finding expeditions, and environmentalist and champion of organic farming and gardening, Prince Charles.
Paintings on display include Octavia Hill, one of the founders of the National Trust, Beatrix Potter children’s writer, artist and conservationist, Dame Vivienne Westwood and Joe Strummer,The Clash front man.
Whilst the exhibition is at Upton House, children will be invited to create a postcard featuring their favourite landscape which will then be displayed in the Pavilion alongside artwork by students from Banbury Art College.
The exhibition is part of the National Trust’s year-long programme People’s Landscapes, a series of events and activities that will explore landscapes where people came together to seek dramatic social change.
The exhibition will be available to view in the squash court from 21 September – 9 December during opening hours. Upton House and Gardens is open 11am-5pm (last entry 4pm) every day until Monday 4 November. From Monday 4 November, the property is open Friday – Monday, 12-4pm (last entry 3pm).
Upton House and Gardens
Home Farm Drive,
near Banbury OX15 6HT
Phone: 01295 670266
David Attenborough © Julian Anderson | National Portrait Gallery, London.
Bob Flowerdew © Tessa Traeger | National Portrait Gallery, London