British Living Legends art exhibition to feature in Blenheim Palace 

Blenheim Palace has announced the launch of a new art exhibition at the Stables Café that will be on display from Friday 15th March to Monday 3rd June. Visitors to the UNESCO World Heritage Site can marvel at a remarkable series of ‘British Living Legends’ by artist Laura Smith.

Some of the Living Legends that the exhibition will feature include:

  • Sir Chris Bonington, CVO, CBE, DL; writer, lecturer and a legendary mountaineer.
  • Dame Jilly Cooper DBE: celebrated and much read and loved author.
  • Dame Judi Dench; actress, considered one of Britain’s greatest.
  • Sir Gareth Edwards CBE; a former rugby union, a Welsh former rugby union player recognised as one of the greatest scrum-halves in the history of the sport.
  • Frederick Forsyth CBE; renowned author known for his many gripping thrillers, best known for The Day of the Jackal and The Odessa File. His work has left an indelible mark on the world of espionage fiction.
  • Romy Gill MBE; chef, food writer, and television personality. 

Arlene Isobel Foster, Sir David Kim Hempleman-Adams KCVO, OBE, KStJ, DL, FRSGS, Nigel Mansell CBE, Valerie Mendes, Michel Albert Roux, Gerald Anthony Scarfe CBE RDI, Lady Henrietta Mary Spencer-Churchill, Professor Steven Westaby FRCS and Sir Clive Woodward will also feature.

Artist Laura Smith

Laura Smith said: ‘It has been an honour and a privilege to paint some of the most remarkable individuals of our time. Endeavouring to capture their incredible spirit has been an artistic joy for me. ‘

Born in India, Laura Smith spent her formative years in Africa, Malaysia, Indonesia and Europe. In later years she resided in The States but now calls Australia and the UK home. A Visual Arts BA, Laura’s work is displayed in collections worldwide and has been exhibited in many international galleries, including The Royal Academy, London.

British Living Legends is a temporary exhibition that can be viewed inside the Stables Café from 10am until 4.30pm until Monday 3rd June 2024. Admission is free with any valid Blenheim Palace ticket including Palace, Park and Gardens, Park and Gardens, Annual Pass or a Privilege Pass.

This is one of many things to see and do at the UNESCO World Heritage Site as a full programme of events and activities is available with something for every age and interest – from history buffs and nature lovers, to young adventurers and fitness junkies. With 100’s of experiences, one for every single day of the summer, Blenheim Palace is a must-visit destination this year.

For more information about the exhibition visit, and to book tickets to Blenheim Palace visit, 

B4 is supported by

KingerleeSobell House logoJames White Sales SuccessJames White Sales SuccessBeard logoRoyal Cars logoHoliday Inn Oxford logoStorm Internet logoCherwell College Oxford logoOxford Brookes Business School logoBoardmanOxford Professional Consulting logoWellers logoBlake Morgan LLP logoAston and James Office Supplies logo