A Grade ll listed house with extensive landscaped gardens, gifted for the use and enjoyment of the people by Henry Charles 'Inky' Stephens of the Stephens' Ink Company.

Art at Stephens House & Gardens

Plane Wall

PLANE WALL by David T. Waller & John R. Waller  

Open Saturdays & Sundays until 29th September 2018

In the basement of the House

Wonder at hundreds of model aircraft, an immersive soundtrack, and the accompanying collection of family memorabilia and nostalgic items which gently occupy an unknown part of Stephens Houses’ historical Victorian basement.   This imaginative and intimate art installation is the collaboration of twin brothers.

Plane Wall’s absorbing atmosphere invites viewers into a surprising and ingenious space where a myriad of objects seek to acknowledge and even provoke the passionate and obsessive tides within ourselves so revealing the hidden connections and systems that lie between and beneath us.

Plane Wall has already captured audiences and its new home is perfectly suited to evoke a private, reflective and thoughtful climate. Visitors are invited to recall and share stories, ask questions, identify the aircraft, or simply spend time amidst this ambient and airworthy exhibit.      

Free entry: Donations in aid of Combat Stress charity.

Please note:  the installation will be closed on Sundays 29th July, 5th August and bank holiday weekends




An Exhibition Celebrating Trees, by East Finchley Open Artists

On View from 9 March

The house may be unavailable for viewing due to private events -

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Artist in Residence Winter 2017 Spring 2018

Rebekah Dean.

Rebekah worked with parents who are involved with our resident charity Barnet Home-Start.
She  lead a series of guided walks with Home-Start parents around  the gardens including the Bothy and also created work using ink with pupils from Oak Lodge School.  You can see a piece of this work in the visitor centre.

Rebekah Dean is a neurodivergent thinker and a live and visual artist

photo: Silent walk, by Sisi Burns

Artist in Residence: Summer 2017: David Gilbert

David has always been interested in form and colour; his current sculptural work has a figurative theme around the human form, expressing movement and emotional energy.  The inspiration of some of his recent pieces has been infused by the energy that he experiences from open swimming in ponds and the sea; the resulting sculptures use movement to explore boundaries between air and water.  Other pieces involve preserving and breaking symmetrical beauty in human form.  

David planned to distill some essential aspects of Stephens House and Gardens into the pieces that he produces during his residency, illustrating the progress with drawings, paintings and photographs.  He carved a piece of Oak from the Gardens and this can be seen in the Gardens near the Stables


Artist in Residence Winter 16 - Spring 17

Installation Artist - Julia Maddison

Worked in the basement of the house, The themes of Stephens House, its various incarnations and its proximity to where some of Julia’s earliest childhood memories were formed, were  explored through the use of installation, drawing and small scale sculpture.

"Maddison's work is so elegantly explicit; these are images that may sit or stand or lie in plain sight, but pierce the skin and twist the root just where purity and sin bargain for sanity."  Julian Firth

Follow her on Instagram: juliamaddison  http://https://www.instagram.com/juliamaddison/

& on Twitter:   @whatjuliamade    http://https://twitter.com/WhatJuliaMade

Artist in residence Spring - Summer 2016

Peter is a practising urban and arts photographer, developing a wide body of work since 2008. He is also a town planner and thus has much experience of cities and how they function. His photography celebrates all that makes up the urban environment - buildings, places and spaces, historic settings, heritage, regeneration and community photography projects.

In March 2016 he was commissioned to undertake an ongoing photography project at Stephens House, plus other developmental work. 


Art Curator - Laura Fishman

Local artist Laura Fishman is Art Curator at Stephens House & Gardens, and was our first artist in residence.

She created the Artist Residency programme and our joint venture between East Finchley Open Artists , curating ongoing exhibitions in the Salon and Dining Room.  

The theme of their current show is ‘Regeneration’, inspired by our current restoration project.

To learn more about Laura’s artwork you can visit her website at  http://www.laurafishmanart.com 

and follow her on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurafishmanart/

twitter: https://twitter.com/LauraFishman


Artistic partnership with The East Finchley Open Artists called EFO Artists @ Stephens House

The East Finchley Open Artists (EFOA) are a group of local artists who are passionate about creative expression and work within a supportive community to promote local artists.

The artists in the group work with a variety of different media: painting, ceramics, jewellery, photography, silk painting, sculpture, printmaking, calligraphy, textiles, basketry, glass, felt-making and woodworking.

Stephens House & Gardens has a history of partnerships working with local artistic communities and individual artists, and is excited to begin this new partnership with the EFOA. Stephens House & Gardens believes EFO Artists @ Stephens House will be a centre for the development of art and craft locally, providing a focal point for art appreciation and the fostering of new creative talents. This partnership aims to create a showcase of local artist’s work by providing the public with a beautiful historic backdrop. 


To learn more about  The East Finchley Open Artists please view their website http://www.eastfinchleyopen.org.uk

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