• A brand new type of evening networking event with Cotswolds Concierge: ART EVENTS. 

    We're appreciating art.. and getting together for a nice evening networking / socializing session at the same time. CONCIERGE ART EVENTS will be every two or so months, featuring and appreciating great artists throughout The Cotswolds.

    artists in residence jeremy houghton cotswoldsOur first CONCIERGE ART EVENT is on Friday, September 5th, 6pm to 8pm at Hidcote Gardens.

    The Directors of AIR & Hidcote Manor Gardens invite you to the Private View of Karen Bowers, Artist in Residence at Hidcote.

    Hidcote Manor Gardens, Chipping Campden, GL55 6LR.

    The exhibition will be open to the public daily from the 6th to the 19th of September, 10am – 5pm.


    Karen grew up in Warwickshire and Gloucestershire where as a child she had a lot of freedom to roam the countryside; this is where she developed her attachment to the natural world. She studied Fine Art at Exeter College of Art in the late eighties, and then spent the following years in London designing for companies such as John Lewis, Designers Guild and Camden Graphics. She is married with two sons and lives in Gloucestershire, and in 2012 gained her MA in Fine Art.

    karen bowers artist in residence hidcoteKaren’s work expresses her interest in, and affection for, the nature and landscape around where she lives. Her paintings derive from real places and are portraits, intimate and studied; an attempt at observing what is moving and powerful about nature, its power and its changing patterns and details that can easily be passed by. Her paintings intend to offer a glimpse of memories and emotions, past and present. Her influences include Georgia O’Keeffe and Paul Nash because of their strong connections with their environment, and their expressions of ‘sense of place’.

    karen bower artist in residence hidcote manor gardensFor Karen, the act of painting and the exploration of the paint itself are as important as the subject. Although aware of the tradition of landscape painting, she is questioning how we see our immediate surroundings. When we look we see the environment in terms of near and far, with many possible perspectives in a moving world, which she is trying to capture in her practice.

    karen bowers artist in residence hidcote