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The ‘Living in Lockdown’ Creative Collection

The Covid pandemic has affected us all. Last year the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre, Chippenham put out a call to arms, asking for contributions to a new collection that we are building; ‘Living in Lockdown: A Creative Response to Challenging Times’. We had an amazing response! A big thank you to everyone who contacted…… Continue reading The ‘Living in Lockdown’ Creative Collection

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The Peacock Arts Trail

It’s September and time once more to get out and about, enjoying the Peacock arts trail which celebrates art in north west Wiltshire. The peacock is again spreading its wings, including not just Corsham, but Chippenham and Melksham too. 70 creatives are showcasing their work during 11-19 September with workshops, demonstrations and events on offer.…… Continue reading The Peacock Arts Trail

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Paul Thomas “One Man Band”

Salisbury artist Paul Thomas (Toys in Stardust) will be exhibiting a selection of his ink drawings created during lockdown at the Five Rivers Centre, Salisbury, throughout August. Paul has often worked with groups over his decades long career, but this time he was going totally solo. “Just me, the ideas, materials and drive. The pictures…… Continue reading Paul Thomas “One Man Band”

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Marlborough Open Studios

It’s been a difficult year and local creatives from across the North Wessex Downs are delighted to be able to welcome visitors back to their studios next month. With 48 studios to visit and 72 artists to choose from, it will be an amazing month celebrating local art and design. There’s something for everyone, from…… Continue reading Marlborough Open Studios

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Remembering Julian Bream and his Wiltshire connection

Julian Bream 15 July 1933 – 14 August 2020 Julian Bream, who lived in Wiltshire until his death last year at the age of 87, was part of a tradition that recognised both the past and the future of the guitar. He commissioned and played first performances by composers such as William Walton, Michael Tippett and…… Continue reading Remembering Julian Bream and his Wiltshire connection

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The Tanners and their Work

An episode of the Memories of Kington Langley podcast is exploring the lives of two of Wiltshire’s most beloved artists, Robin and Heather Tanner. The couple lived in the village Kington Langley near Chippenham for close to sixty years, Robin painting and etching, Heather writing. Their partnership produced four illustrated books including the classic Wiltshire Village.…… Continue reading The Tanners and their Work

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Ken White: Muralist and Painter

BOOK REVIEW Angela Atkinson in association with Ken WhiteStroud: Amberley, 2019ISBN 978144569380495 pages, paperback, £14.99, paperback https://www.amberley-books.com/ken-white-muralist-and-painter.html The book is, to pardon the pun, a portrait of the much loved Swindonian artist, from his beginnings at the Great Western Railway works. Angela Atkinson raises a question at the beginning of the book; ‘How did Ken…… Continue reading Ken White: Muralist and Painter

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Sculpture in the Landscape… the Roger Leigh Legacy

I was excited to attend the ‘Sculpture in the Landscape 1969-2020’ exhibition at West Leaze near Aldbourne at the end of September, organised by the Friends of the Garden. The visit involved a wonderful (socially distanced) walk around the grounds of the house that the renowned sculptor Roger Leigh once owned, and the site of…… Continue reading Sculpture in the Landscape… the Roger Leigh Legacy

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Public Art in the Landscape

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