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Past UK exhibition

Constable Visits

June - July 2023

Admission free

Surprise locations across the UK

In the summer of 2023, John Constable's 'The Cornfield' went on tour, popping up in unexpected places on high streets across England. 

Surprising and delighting visitors in shopping centres and community spaces, the painting visited the Isle of Wight, Essex, Tyne and Wear, the West Midlands and Croydon. 

Visitors were able to see this much-loved painting up-close in their hometowns and enjoy performances and activities, including street art, songs, dances, poems, and special sensory experiences, which were delivered in partnership with local organisations. 

About 'The Cornfield'
Although completed in his London studio in 1826, Constable's painting of a lane winding toward a cornfield is based on Fen Lane, in Suffolk. As a boy, Constable often walked along the lane from his home in East Bergholt to his school in Dedham. 'The Cornfield' inspires people to think about what home means to them and how it makes them feel. Find out more about the painting.

Detail from John Constable, 'The Cornfield', 1826 © The National Gallery, London

Where did it go?

Newport and Carisbrooke Community Council
6–11 June 2023
Newport, Isle of Wight
(Former) British Heart Foundation
13–18 June 2023
Basildon, Essex
The Viking Centre
20–25 June 2023
Jarrow, Tyne & Wear
Churchill Shopping Centre
27 June –2 July 2023
Dudley, West Midlands
Thornton Heath Library
4–9 July 2023
Croydon, London
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See what happened on the tour

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