This modest red-brick building tucked away in a quiet corner of Hampshire was built in the 1920s and is a temple to the genius of Stanley Spencer, who wanted to express in paint his military experience during the Great War. The 19 oil paintings, covering three walls of the chapel, took six years to complete and are considered by many to be the artist’s finest achievement.
Arrive by 11am for an exclusive visit, which will include a talk about the life of Stanley Spencer, how the chapel came into being and an in depth exploration of the paintings. The new garden of reflection, a community-inspired garden by Hampshire designer Daniel Lobb created as part of the Sandham 2014 project to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War, provides a tranquil place to sit and consider the powerful paintings in the chapel. There will also be an
optional walk around the village indicating places where Spencer lived and
painted including the local church with its Whistler window. There is a small exhibition including a film and a shop.
Directions are available from the Box Office and the postcode for sat navs is RG20 9JT. Lunch after the visit at The Carpenters Arms is included in the ticket price.