Anniversary painting unveiled

Wivenhoe House hotel has launched its latest art exhibition, celebrating 200 years since John Constable painted ‘Wivenhoe Park’.

The centrepiece of the exhibition is a specially commissioned piece called Wivenhoe Water, by artist Kate Bright, who grew up in Suffolk and is now based in London, who was chosen from a field of nearly 40 professional artists to create a contemporary landscape painting of Wivenhoe Park to mark this special anniversary.


Wivenhoe Water, Kate Bright

This stunning piece, unveiled by Bryn Morris, Registrar at the University of Essex, will be added to the permanent collection at Wivenhoe House.

Twenty artists from across East Anglia who took part in the hotel’s open art day in June have also submitted work for the exhibition which is open to the public until December.

The collection also includes a collaborative re-creation of the original ‘Wivenhoe Park’, where 12 community groups each completed a segment of the work in their own unique style.


Community Canvas

Oliver Brown, General Manager at Wivenhoe House, said: ”We are launching the exhibition almost 200 years to the day that Constable packed up his paints and palette having completed this early masterpiece which now hangs in pride of place at the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

“This exhibition is the culmination of an amazing year, collaborating with artists, the University of Essex, and the local community. We really appreciate everyone’s hard work and achievements and look forward to more artistic adventures in the future.”


find us, however you travel
By car:

When using a SATNAV please enter the location WIVENHOE, Colchester (do not use a postcode as this will direct you to the wrong side of Wivenhoe Park).

Take the exit marked Colchester (A133)
Follow the A133 towards Clacton
Please follow signs for WIVENHOE
You will see a black sign on your right which says, ‘Wivenhoe House & The Brasserie’, turn right here into PARK ROAD
The entrance for Wivenhoe House is shared with the University of Essex, but PARK ROAD leads you through Wivenhoe Park and you will be able to see our beautiful house from the road on your right
CONTINUE to follow the signs for WIVENHOE HOUSE and it will lead you to us.

If you would like any help with directions, please do call us on 01206 863666 and a member of our team will be able to assist you.

By train:

Colchester station, Colchester Town station, Wivenhoe station and Hythe stations are all between 10-15 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Trains run between London (Liverpool Street) and Colchester station every 10-20 minutes. The journey takes around an hour. Also connect with Colchester from Norwich, Ipswich, Felixstowe & Harwich. Some trains from London (Liverpool Street) also stop at Wivenhoe Station. When travelling from the Clacton/Walton direction, alight at Wivenhoe or Hythe Stations.

By plane:

Stansted airport is approximately 45 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Helicopter pad coordinates are 603200/223900.