When we think about local history, it is perhaps easiest to think about the use of the land; those who made it their own and the changes that use brought. The landscape is constantly changing, season to season; changes in industry, working practices, settlement use and advances in technology from cement to the combine harvester…… Continue reading Public Art in the Landscape
In July 2018, I posted a question asking ” How do we turn STEMtoSTEAM?” inviting people to add their names in support of this enquiry. My quest to see the arts given equal prominence alongside science, technology, engineering and maths was driven by a combination of experiences gained throughout my career; across strategic creative roles…… Continue reading Carole Bent : Creative Catalyst’s Commitment to Creativity in its widest sense : From Wiltshire to the World
Back in January 2019 I was contacted by the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, asking if I would be interested in scanning a number of 35mm slides for them. I have an interest in photography going back 50 years, so this appealed to me. I was employed by the Wiltshire & Swindon Record Office about…… Continue reading Digitising the Beauty of Wiltshire
We are delighted to have been included in the recent Wiltshire Living magazine article focusing on the wonderful work of Swindon artist Caroline Day. Even though the Creative Wiltshire project has come to an end, it has become a great catalyst for change with participating museums and the Archives & Local Studies department at the…… Continue reading Creative Wiltshire Showcased
Recently we had the pleasure of a visit from the botanical artist Ann Swan, dropping off the remaining material which will form her artists’ archive here at the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre. Ann is based at her studio in Rowde and has loved pencil drawing since she was a child, but her love of…… Continue reading Botanical Beauty at WSHC
This highly acclaimed botanical artist is opening up her studio next month, taking part in Marlborough Open Studios 2019. You can view her work on 6,7,13 & 14 July and take part in a ‘have a go’ workshop, joining Ann to try out her techniques on 11 July. We have been lucky enough to acquire…… Continue reading Botanical Art on Show – Ann Swan
Caroline was born and raised in Swindon and has always had a connection with the Wiltshire landscape. Her father was interested in ley lines and she remembers her first visit to Avebury as a child where they dowsed at the historic site, plotted lines on a map and considered the spirituality and sense of place…… Continue reading Caroline Day – Spirituality in the Landscape
Wiltshire based Carole Bent’s love of art and design stretches back throughout her lifetime, from school to a degree and career that led her to move to Swindon with her partner, artist David Bent. Approached to lead the Design team at WHSmith in Swindon in the early ’90s, Carole’s strategic senior management role involved commissioning…… Continue reading A love of Art and Design … close to home.