1. Bring Piper Home to Henley!
There is something special about seeing an exhibition of an artist’s work in the place they lived and worked. John Piper made Fawley Bottom Farmhouse in Henley his home for over 50 years. Once you’ve visited the gallery at the River & Rowing Museum you can explore the countryside that inspired him, visit some of the stained glass windows he produced for local churches and see a play at the Henley’s Kenton Theatre, which was renovated by Piper and his friends in the 1950s.
2. Out of storage and on display
Helping to create the John Piper Gallery will give you greater access to all the wonderful works of art that John Piper produced over his lifetime. Piper was a hugely important British artist. His work is held in public and private collections across the British Isles. Being such a prolific artist, a lot of this work is often in storage. We want to get it out of storage and on display!
3. A greater insight
Find out what really inspired Piper’s extraordinary career. With access to archives, collections and experts we want to provide a permanent exhibition that will really explore John Piper’s life and career. What inspired him? What made him produce so much work and what motivated him to work across so many different fields? What was it really like at Fawley Bottom Farmhouse with people like John Betjeman, Alexander Calder and Ben Nicholson popping round for dinner and discussions? We plan to answer all these questions and more.
4. Fantastic and exclusive rewards
We have created some fantastic rewards for you to enjoy, from limited-edition prints by John Piper’s grandson Luke Piper, to accessories that use Piper’s designs, and the chance to take a tour of Piper’s tapestries at Magdalen College. These are all exclusive to donors and some are limited, so get them before they’re gone.
5. Be part of something bigger
Be like John Piper and help make great art available to everyone. John Piper was passionate about ensuring that art could be enjoyed by all. His designs can be found on ceramics, textiles, prints and posters, and on murals and stained-glass windows in public places across the country. We think he would have loved the idea of a community coming together to create a public space to view his work.
Help us to create the John Piper Gallery – donate now.