New Exhibition by Martin Bentham RWA
12th May – 30th June
The Bishop’s Palace in Wells is delighted to be welcoming artist Martin Bentham to the Exhibition Room with a collection of his latest paintings.
Martin last appeared at the Palace in 2014 with an extremely successful show and art fans from around Somerset are eagerly awaiting his new collection.
Martin Bentham has been a full time professional artist painter since graduating from Exeter College of Art & Design in 1985.
Primarily a figurative painter, Martin prefers to work directly from his chosen subjects, which are mostly derived from the people and landscape of the Mendip Hills, where he lives. He also paints still life.
Martin has held successful biennial one man shows since 1993 and has exhibited at numerous, notable selected exhibitions including the RA and the Royal West of England Academy (RWA). He was awarded the 'Daler Rowney Oil Painting Prize' in 2007 at the RWA Autumn Exhibition and won 1st and 2nd Prize in the 'Viewer's Choice Award’ at the 2008 Exhibition.
Martin was elected an Academician of the RWA in January 2009 and since then he has had two solo exhibitions there: July-August 2010 and in October 2012.
Martin Bentham’s paintings & drawings are in many private collections throughout the world and the works from his new exhibition will be available to purchase.
The exhibition opens on 12th May, runs until 30th June and will be open from 10am-6pm daily. The exhibition is included in standard admission to the Palace & Gardens. Visitors are advised to check the website before visiting as the Palace buildings are occasionally closed for private functions.
ABOUT THE BISHOP’S PALACE
The Bishop’s Palace is the 800 year old home of the Bishops of Bath & Wells. The medieval palace is also home to the wells and ancient springs that give the City of Wells its name, the world famous mute swans that ring a bell alongside the Gatehouse when they want their food, and 14 acres of stunning gardens. Within the gardens are an Arboretum, formal planted gardens, the ruined and romantic Great Hall, waterfalls and well pools, a Community Garden and the new Garden of Reflection.
The Palace buildings open to the public include a medieval undercroft, a striking Long Gallery, hung with portraits of former bishops, exhibition space and the beautiful medieval Chapel.
There is a modern, family and dog friendly café, serving produce from the gardens, drinks, cakes and light meals and a gift shop. The site is accessible for wheelchair users, with new, even pathways in the gardens and a lift in the Palace building.
The Bishop’s Palace is managed by The Palace Trust, registered charity number 1160830.
The Bishop’s Palace & Gardens
T: 01749 988111
Summer (25 March – 28 Oct): 10am - 6pm
Winter (29 Oct – 24 March): 10am – 4pm
Last admission is 30 minutes before closing.
The Bishop’s Palace is closed over Christmas every year.
• All activities and events are included in the price of admission unless stated otherwise and children must be accompanied by an adult.
• Guided Tours Daily
Admission tickets give access to the medieval Palace, Undercroft, ruined Great Hall, 14 acres of gardens, the Bishop’s Chapel and events (unless specifically ticketed).
Who Gift Aid Standard
Adult £8.95 £8.05
Concession (60 plus, disabled, student or unemployed) £7.95 £7.15
Children (Under 5 years) FREE FREE
Children (5-18 years) £3.95 £3.55
Family (1 Adult, up to 3 Children) £16.00 £14.40
Family (2 Adults, up to 3 Children) £24 .00 £21.60
Essential helpers assisting disabled visitors FREE FREE
Group Admission – See Moira to book Prebooked £6.95
Child Group Admission – See Moira to book Prebooked £3.20
The Gift Aid admission price includes a voluntary donation which enables The Palace Trust to claim back the tax as part of the governments Gift Aid scheme. By agreeing to pay the Gift Aid Admission Charge, your donation can go so much further.
HOW TO FIND US
The Bishop’s Palace & Gardens is situated in the heart of Wells, Somerset and can be easily reached from Bath – 21 miles / Bristol - 21 miles / Glastonbury - 8 miles.
Bus: 29, 126, 161/162, 173, 375, 376, 377 all stop or pass through Wells. Alight at Wells Market Place.
Bike: The Bishop’s Palace is situated on Sustrans cycle route 3. Visit www.sustrans.org.uk for further information and maps. Cycle racks available over the drawbridge and in Market Place.
Train: The nearest railway stations are Castle Cary (9 miles from Wells) and also Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa (both 21 miles), where you will find bus links to Wells.
Coach: Follow signs to coach dropping off point, continue down one way system to bus station coach park.
Car: The main routes to Wells are the A371 and the A39. The Bishop’s Palace is a short walk from all central car parks, use Whiting Way car park (long stay) which is located just off the A39 or Market Place (short stay, 1 hour maximum) is just outside the palace Not available Wednesday or Saturday (market days).