Albion Fields - until 29th September 2023

  • Albion Fields Summer 2023: Bookings open now

Albion Barn and Fields combines contemporary art with the sublime natural beauty of rural Oxfordshire. The space boasts a 120m² gallery, a 100m² viewing room, a dining room and a library designed by Studio Seilern Architects. Albion Barn opened in 2014, and expanded to include a sculpture park, Albion Fields, in July 2021.


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  • Albion Fields

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    Situated just outside London, Albion Fields is a new sculpture park set within 50 acres of Oxfordshire countryside. Parts of the grounds have been rewilded - restored to their natural, uncultivated state. The grounds provide unique installation sites for artworks, spanning open vistas to secluded woodland areas with a natural pond.


    The monumental and discreet artworks are showcased in harmony with the flora and fauna, the diversity of which is as integral to the ecosystem as it is to Albion Fields' unique atmosphere. Roe deer, badgers, green woodpeckers, hare and owls have all taken up residence on the land since it was retired from intensive agricultural use. Albion Fields was inaugurated on 11th June 2021, and is open again in Summer of 2023 with both new and returning artists.

  • Now Open until 22nd September 2023

    Nick Knight , Mountains

    Nick Knight


    Following the exhibition of Nick Knight’s Roses from my Garden in 2019, Albion Barn presents ten large-format mountain images taken in 2021-2022 in the Alps. Visually, these images have an impressionistic attitude, more closely aligned to Monet’s paintings of the Falaise of Étretat, 1885. Mountain aficionados will recognise these peaks, amongst them The Matterhorn and Mont Blanc. The images again push the boundaries of photography towards painting, so different from Carleton Watkins’ images made at almost the same time as Monet in Yellowstone Park, particularly those of El Capitan.

    In choosing these iconic peaks, Knight invited familiarity, but the awesome majesty of these Alpine peaks belies a very real danger, and while these images are undoubtedly beautiful, the savage brutality of the Alps should not be forgotten. Alpine photography has rarely been more impressive than in the awesome black and white imagery of Balthazar Burkhard, the Swiss photographer based around Bern who died in 2010. The traditions of image making on the Matterhorn go back as far as the celebrated landscape painter John Ruskin whose daguerreotype images made in 1850’s were hard won, when vast amounts of cumbersome equipment had to be hauled upwards often by mountain mules. His love of the mountains was also fuelled by his admiration for the watercolours of JMW Turner. Turner’s visits to the passes through the mountains are recalled in such paintings as Snow Storm: Hannibal and his Army Crossing the Alps, famously accompanied by elephants, 1812.

    There is undoubtedly a romantic aspect to these images, recalling the nineteenth-century fascination with man’s subservience to the majesty of natural forces, the sublime and scientific rationalisation of nature and man’s attempts to conquer and explore as well as document the peaks. In some eighteenth-century painters, such as Phillip James de Loutherbourg, the melodramatic is accentuated and presented in such a way as to evoke a sense of awe in audiences, who for the most part had never visited such vast landscapes. Nick Knight does not allow familiarity to mar enjoyment of these majestic images. When most of us have flown above these peaks, he still affords the viewer the chance to admire these awe-inspiring natural wonders.

    “I needed the images to show the violent and brutal energy of the colossal tectonic collisions that force and push continent against continent, fracturing, splitting and forcing huge shards of rock to rise high into the sky to stand as awesome evidence of the earths power”, says Knight, “I wanted to portray the idea, the sensation and the energy of the mountains rather than the reality”.