Cogges first ever artist in residence exhibition

Feb 24 2017

Cogges Manor Farm, Witney present their first ever Artist in Residence exhibition, with a show of new work by local painter Sally Wyatt. Since 2016 Sally has been making a visual record of a year at Cogges, reflecting the beauty of a working landscape that boasts a 1000 year history.

Cogges Manor is a well-known and much-loved visitor attraction and community venue, but for Sally, this year has allowed her to discover a very different side of Cogges and to interpret the heritage farmstead in her own unique way. ‘I have spent time at Cogges through the seasons, absorbing, mark making and sometimes drawing the meadow, trees and nature’ says Sally, ‘observing the vegetation in the meadow, the woods and the garden in summer, seeking interesting light and shade, the tree structures devoid of leaves and the starkness of deepest winter. This year has changed the way I see Cogges. My memories were of the old farm museum that my own children visited 20 years ago. I want to thank Cogges and the Trustees for responding to my request to paint in the grounds with the offer of a residency and a venue for a solo show. I’m very excited about the exhibition and hope this first Cogges exhibition will inspire more artists to do the same’.

Colin Shone, Director of Cogges Heritage Trust, says ‘Sally’s time here has shown us all the beauty and heritage of Cogges in new ways. I hope it will inspire different audiences to see us afresh through an artist’s eyes, and encourage them to interpret Cogges in their own way. A beautiful sequence of work has emerged throughout the year, and we look forward to inviting the public to begin a new dialogue with this most ancient of landscapes’.

Sally’s solo exhibition, entitled ‘Trace’, will be on show around the historic buildings and spaces of Cogges from 1 April to 30 June. Cogges and Sally’s exhibition will also be participating in Oxfordshire Artweeks from 13 to 21 May.

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Editors Notes

Cogges Manor Farm: The stunning 13th century manor house and 17th century farm buildings at Cogges are Grade II listed and a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Cogges appears in the Domesday Book of 1086 and the estate’s first owner was Wadard, who appears as a Norman knight riding a horse on the Bayeux tapestry. The manor house stood originally by the River Windrush as ‘Cogges Castle’ and was defended by a moat and islands, where the timber play fort and zip wire stand today. The estate was once held by kings of England including Henry VII and Henry VIII; the latter gave the land to Thomas Pope, the founder of Trinity College Oxford. Today Cogges is a prominent location for period drama filming, including the internationally acclaimed Downton Abbey, and with the addition of a welcoming café and shop, is open 7 days a week between 18 March and 5 November for both day and season ticket visitors, tour groups and school trips.

We hold regular arts and cultural events, and other special events run throughout the year, including concerts, theatre, craft fairs, workshops and dining experiences, while the barns are offered as a popular wedding venue, hosting up to 25 weddings a year. Cogges Heritage Trust is a registered Charity No: 1141906 Find us at Cogges Manor Farm, Church Lane, Witney OX28 3LA or for further information visit and follow us at Facebook/Cogges and| twitter@CoggesWitney

Sally Wyatt: When not resident artist at Cogges, painter Sally Wyatt works from her studio at her Cotswold home in the village of Fulbrook. She previously worked in the decorative arts sector for more than 30 years at Liberty of London, as a designer, textile artist and stitcher. Having studied painting at the Newlyn School of Art in 2015, she has rapidly made her mark on the contemporary art scene, showing at respected galleries and becoming a member of the Royal Society Marine Artists, and in 2016 she was preselected for the Royal Institute Oil Painters. As an artist she is captivated by details, subtleties and obscurities within landscape, seeking out nuanced tones, enigmatic forms and extraordinary textures.
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