News From Turner’s House – March 2023


Since the start to 2023, our staff has been busy working on a new programme of events, lectures, and learning programmes.

We were very pleased to announce that AIM (Association for Independent Museums) has awarded us with a £10K grant to develop and deliver an art and wellbeing workshop for people who have sought refuge in our community. Our Learning and Volunteers Officer is working in partnership with Refugees Welcome in Richmond and Multicultural Richmond to design a series of sessions that use Turner’s travels to explore art, cultures, and artists. We will share more information with you in due course.

Turner’s House is now open to the public! Visit us between Wednesday and Sunday, 12-4pm, to find out more about JMW Turner and his country retreat in Twickenham.

An exciting programme of exhibition and special events awaits, too!

When Art Inspires… Experimentation, Expression, Wellbeing – A celebration of art by the Richmond Mind Wellbeing Centre
Date: 9-26 March 2023
Time: Wed-Sun, 12-4pmFrom Wednesday 8th, until Sunday 26th March, Turner’s House is hosting a special exhibition, curated by our Learning and Volunteers Officer, Rita Piglionica. We strongly believe that art can be a powerful way to gain confidence and an appreciation of ourselves and our abilities. We are pleased to have the opportunity to work in partnership with Richmond Mind to deliver art workshops to engage in and promote wellbeing through art. In this exhibition, we are delighted to be able to share some of the work produced during the past few months.
The exhibition is included in the regular admission ticket to Turner’s House.

The Effects by Henry Coleman – An exhibition by Turner’s House Artist-in-residence 2022
Date: from 29 March 2023
Time: Wed-Sun, 12-4pm

As part of our ongoing Artist-in-residence programme, in 2022 we have selected artist Henry Coleman to produce a series of works inspired by JMW Turner and his work.
Henry Coleman works around the spaces of designed experience, bumping up against architecture, typography, signage and the decorative; reframing and making obvious the established edges of the aesthetic conditions that shape and reflect the societies and images that we move through.
Drawing down on the historical material of social and visual momentum to illuminate contemporary processes, the work is expressed through disparate forms and channels; large scale sculptural intervention, interviews, objects and print; pulling disparate elements together in a meeting of place and image, history and information, sensation and knowledge to generate a disruptive and cohesive sculptural and conceptual body.
Coleman was curator-producer of public projects for the 2020 Brent Biennial ‘On The Side of The Future’, developing a series of 10 artist commissions in public spaces that brought together a programme of international and local artists working with local communities in public spaces. In 2016-17 Coleman co-curated Bloomberg SPACE’s Physical Information programme with Rupert Norfolk, a series of five exhibitions that explored how physical objects could generate alternative experiences in an increasingly abstract world, activate public imagination and orient social space. The programme culminated with the exhibition Metro, Art at Velocity; Lance Wyman and Eduardo Paolozzi.
Coleman’s work has been published in Dezeen, Creative Review, and the Architects Journal and he is the recipient of Arts Collecting Society Prize, Royal Academy Schools Sculpture prize and an awarded shortlist for the Arts Foundation Fellowship, “Art in the Urban Space”. Coleman’s work is held in the collections of Jumex, Norton Consulting and Grimshaw Architects.

After his 6-month residency, Henry’s work will be shown to the public in a special series of installations starting from Wednesday 29th March.

West London Volunteer Fair at Boston Manor House
We are part of this year’s Volunteers’ Fair at Boston Manor House!
Date: 13 March 2023
Time: 1-4pm
Location: Boston Manor HouseAre you interested in developing skills, meeting like-minded people or supporting your local community? 19 West London heritage sites and charities have partnered to deliver a West London Volunteer Fair on Monday 13 March 2023. This is a great way to connect with local organisations and learn more about opportunities near you.
We recognise that people volunteer for a variety of reasons and we offer opportunities to match these. Whether you are a student seeking to develop skills, a busy worker looking for one-off opportunities, a retiree wanting to stay active or a full-time parent/carer hoping to connect with your community, there are volunteering opportunities in West London for you. Come and find out what West London has to offer!
More information here:

National Lottery Open Day
Date: 18-24 March
Location: Turner’s House

This year Turner’s House is participating in the National Lottery Open Day. As part of the National Lottery’s thank you to all those who take part in the Lottery, we are offering half price entry to all those who visit with a valid lottery ticket or scratch card (digital of physical). Since 1994 more than £47 billion has been raised for good causes by the Lottery  – including the restoration of Turner’s House.
More information here:

Gin Tasting at Turner’s House
Date: 20th April
Time: 6.30 – 83.0
Location: Turner’s House

Gin tasting returns to Tuner’s House.
Turner’s father was known to exchange a glass of gin for a lift into London on local market-gardeners’ wagons, while Turner produced a series of watercolours of smugglers bringing in kegs of gin. Happily, you won’t need to travel by wagon, nor bring your gin in surreptitiously. Instead, please join a sommelier from St Margret’s Wines for a tasting of vibrant and characterful gins in the relaxing surroundings of Turner’s country retreat.

Discover Turner at the National Gallery with Turner’s House Museum Director
Date: 21 April 2023
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Location: National Gallery

Join the Museum Director of Turner’s House, Dr Matthew Morgan, for a guided tour of some of Turner’s greatest works at the National Gallery.
Turner was dedicated to the observation of the natural world and he was in particular obsessed with the effects of light. Dr Morgan will explore these elements of Turner’s work and the ways in which he used them to enhance our experiences of the world around us.

Please meet Dr Matthew Morgan in the Central Hall at the National Gallery at 6.30 pm.

Booking is essential. Ticket £10 per person. Book here –
We are looking for volunteers!
Turner’s House offers a unique insight into the life of Britain’s greatest landscape painter JMW Turner. Turner designed and lived in this charming house which is supported by a committed, sociable, and friendly team of volunteers.Our volunteers help us in front of house and behind the scenes roles. If you are interested in welcoming and greeting visitors, working with families or schools, marketing, supporting events, gardening, or sharing your passion for architecture, history, art, or Turner, please do get in touch to find out more about the roles available.

By being a Turner’s House volunteer you will:

  • Have fun

Join a sociable, friendly and committed group of people with different interests and backgrounds and take part in our busy programme of social events and heritage visits.

  • Learn new skills

By joining our team of volunteers you will learn about JMW Turner, local history and heritage, while also gaining interesting skills, such as guiding, retail, marketing, education, and gardening.

  • Share the history

By welcoming new visitors, marketing the house and its events, and engaging with young people, you will engage with our local community to promote art, heritage and history.

Our volunteers also benefit from a flexible schedule, social events, heritage trips, 10% discounts in our shop, training opportunities, and free entrance throughout the year.
For more information, application, or an informal chat about volunteering, please contact Rita Piglionica

Private Hire
We are also taking bookings for private hires of the House. If you would like to hire the House for parties, events or business meetings do please contact the Museum Director on info@turnershouse.orgWe are an independent museum and your involvement and support is vital to us. Many thanks indeed for your support.

We are really looking forward to seeing you at Sandycombe Lodge.

With best wishes,
Turner’s House Trust

April 12, 2023