Tim Martin’s practice currently involves making and showing work through engagement and collaboration with others. He has curated exhibition programmes for over 20 years and in 2014 set up Hestercombe Gallery in Somerset with the aim of presenting national and international work in the reclaimed spaces of Hestercombe House, whilst also developing a residency and engagement programme.

Recently curated exhibitions have included: Mariele Neudecker ‘Sediment’ (2021); ‘Landscape Portrait: Now and Then’ (2021) including artists: Andy Warhol, Derek Jarman, Claudette Johnson, Susan Derges, Leon Kossoff, Patrick Caulfield, Gilbert and George and Balraj Khanna; Simon Faithfull, ‘Elsewhen’ (2019); Helen Sear, ‘Prospect Refuge Hazard 2’; Cultivation: Points of Vantage (2018) Including artists: Anna Barriball; George Shaw; John Newling; Mariele Neudecker; Mary Griffiths; Mary McIntyre and Mikhail Karikis; Terrain: Land into Art, (2016) work by 17 artists including Gary Hume, Peter Doig, Anya Gallaccio, Richard Long and Hamish Fulton. ‘Leaping the Fence’, (2014) works by 16 artists including Tracey Emin, Mark Wallinger, Gavin Turk and Mark Quinn; Tania Kovats ‘Oceans’ as well as showing works from both Chris Ingram’s and Jeremy Cooper’s renowned collections. In 2016 he also curated ‘New Dimensions’ at The Museum of Somerset as well as ‘Combat Art – Reflections of Afghanistan’, London in 2015.

Martin’s curatorial practice overlaps with the making of work. He is concerned with the natural world and man’s relationship to it with inspiration being drawn from journeys made in the landscape, specific sites or issues. Recent activity has included: ‘Grounded’, Cotley, Somerset, 2019; Fragile Beauty – Art on the Blackdown Hills 1909-1925, The Museum of Somerset, 2017; ‘Palaces and Cabins’, Salisbury Art Centre, 2014; as well as contributing to the artists magazine ‘Hive’.


Born 1962 Keighley. Lives and works in Devon, UK

Recent Exhibitions

2020   ‘Somerset Reacquainted’, Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury

2019    ‘Grounded’, Cotley Tithe Barn, Somerset

2017     Fragile Beauty – Art on the Blackdown Hills 1909-1925, The Museum of Somerset, Taunton

2014     ‘Palaces and Cabins’, Salisbury Art Centre

2013     ‘Skills Unearthed’, Cotley Tithe Barn, Somerset

2012     Colour EFFECTS Mood, Musgrove Gallery, Taunton

2011      Sheds, Simonsburrow House, Devon

2010     ‘Through’ & ‘Through the Garden’, The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington Common, RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington, N Devon (Solo)


                2014-  Curator and Creative Director, Hestercombe Gallery

2000-13 Visual Arts Officer, Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, Taunton, Somerset

                Curated projects and exhibitions

2011 ‘England My England’ micro-festival, Taunton, Somerset (Co-Curator)

2011 ‘A Night of Light’, Hestercombe Gardens, Somerset (Co-Curated with Zoe Li for Reveal Somerset)

2013 Outside In, West, The Museum of Somerset, Taunton

2013 R.E.P Group – Mediators (co-curated with Simon Lee Dicker) OSR Project Space, West Coker, Somerset

2014 Leaping the Fence, Hestercombe Gallery, Somerset

2015 Second Site, Hestercombe Gallery, Somerset

2015 Combat Art – Reflections of Afghanistan, Menier Gallery, London

2015 A Personal Passion – The Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art

2015-16 Simon Bayliss – Arcadia, Hestercombe Gallery, Somerset

2016 New Dimensions, The Museum of Somerset, Taunton

2016 Terrain: Land into Art, Hestercombe Gallery, Somerset

2016-17 Stephen Smith – Shifting Ground, Hestercombe Gallery, Somerset

2017 Regions of Light – Rev. John Eagles, Paul Desborough, Rebecca Chesney, Jem Southam, Hestercombe Gallery, Somerset

2017 Tim Knowles – The Dynamics of Drifting, Hestercombe Gallery, Somerset

2018 Cultivation: Points of Vantage, Hestercombe Gallery, Somerset

2018 Helen Sear – Prospect Refuge Hazard 2, Hestercombe Gallery, Somerset

2018-19 Materiality: Provisional States, Hestercombe Gallery, Somerset

2019 Simon Faithfull – Elsewhen, Hestercombe Gallery, Somerset

2020 Most Admirably Improved by Art, Hestercombe Gallery, Somerset

                2021 Mariele Neudecker – Sediment, Hestercombe Gallery, Somerset

                2021 Landscape Portrait: Now and Then, Hestercombe Gallery, Somerset

Participatory/other projects

2009 Producer, ‘Night/Day’, Film Council funded digital short film. Written and produced by Deborah Richardson

2010 Designer, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, The Brewhouse, Taunton

2011 Project Manager, ‘Alice in Wonderland’, The Brewhouse, Taunton

2012 Get Creative, Taunton High Street, with Somerset Film and Actiontrack

2013-4 Community Means? Hemyock Primary School, Devon


2007 South West Curatorial Research Trip to China, Arts Council England

2010 Grants for the Arts Award, Arts Council of England, ‘Through’ & ‘Through the Garden’, Solo Exhibition

2012 Visual Art South West/Reveal Partnership Travel Bursary, Kiev, Ukraine


2006 50 Wessex Artists, Evolver Books

2010 ‘Through’ solo exhibition catalogue

2010 William Morris Society Newsletter article

2012 Mapping the Future, Textile Forum SW review of Conference/Catalogue

2014 Visual Art South West – Guest editor Sept http://www.vasw.org.uk/

2014 Palaces and Cabins, Group Exhibition catalogue

2014 Leaping the Fence, Exhibition catalogue

2015 Second Site, Exhibition catalogue

2015 Hive, Spring and Autumn 2015, Artists Book.

2016 Terrain: Land into Art, Exhibition catalogue

2019 Materiality: Provisional States, Exhibition catalogue

                2021 British Art and the Environment, Ed C Gould & Sophie Mesplede Pub Routledge

                2021 Landscape Portrait: Now and Then, Exhibition catalogue

Professional/other Bodies

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)

‘Reveal’ Lead Officer for Visual Arts and Media, Somerset (job share) 2007-13

Visual Arts South West Steering Group, 2010 – 13

Blackdown Hills Artists and Makers (Chair) 2011 – 14

Somerset Art Works (SAW), Trustee 2010 – 20 (Co-Chair 2019-20)

Conferences, Seminars and Talks

2012 Rhod Symposium, Chapter, Cardiff

2012 Local is the New Global – Reveal conference, Wells – Somerset UK

2014 Critical Mass – Making the Visual Visible, Seminar, Hestercombe Gallery, Somerset

2014 Moved by Conflict, Schools Conference, MShed, Bristol

2014 Liquid Line – Drawing as a Means of Exploration, Hestercombe Gallery, Somerset

2015 Second Site – The Context of Art, Seminar, Hestercombe Gallery, Somerset

2015 Double Take, Seminar, Hestercombe Gallery, Somerset

2015 Landscape Painters Anonymous, Seminar, Hestercombe Gallery, Somerset

2015 Rethinking Practice, Visual Arts SW Regional Conference, Ocean Studios, Plymouth

2015 Invisible Landscapes Seminar, OSR Projects, West Coker, Somerset

2016 The Crucible, b-side Festival, Drill Hall, Portland

2017 Art and the Environment in Britain 1700 – Today, Rennes 2 University, France

2017 Regions of Light Seminar, Hestercombe Gallery, Somerset

2017 Pathways in the Landscape, Event and Seminar, Hestercombe Gallery, Somerset

2018 Scaling the Sublime, symposium, The Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham University

2018 Photography, performance and the historical imagination, Symposium, Plymouth University

2018 Art and Landscape: Where next? Event, Hestercombe Gallery, Somerset

2018 Points of Vantage, Seminar, Hestercombe Gallery, Somerset

2019 Disrupted Views, Seminar, Hestercombe Gallery, Somerset

2019 Materiality Disclosed, Seminar, Hestercombe Gallery, Somerset

2019 Where Function Ends, Symposium, Hestercombe Gallery, Somerset

2020 Urthworks, An Exploration, Seminar, Hestercombe Gallery, Somerset