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
Robert Wells bells The Robert Wells bells, bought early in our project, have finally been returned home. They have had a long journey as they were purchased from an auction house in New York, USA so have made their way back across the Atlantic via the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre in Chippenham for some…… Continue reading Pewsey Heritage Centre benefits from the Creative Wiltshire project
Creative Wiltshire made a decision early in the project to add Ken White material to the collection at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery and we were lucky enough to visit Ken in his studio with Sophie Cummings, Curator at SMAG. Under Sophie’s excellent guidance some pieces were chosen; two oil paintings, prints and linocuts, postcards,…… Continue reading Ken White: Railways and Landscapes
Creative Wiltshire: A Celebration of Art in Wiltshire Sentinel, 2006 courtesy of Patricia Volk Saturday, January 19, 2019 to Sunday, September 29, 2019 Booking: No booking required. Cost: Normal admission charges apply. Creative Wiltshire is a Heritage Lottery Funded project running from 2014-2019 working to collect and celebrate the art of the county’s creative…… Continue reading Last chance to see this weekend …..
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
Museum and archive collections are, in their very nature, eclectic. They often have roots in one person’s fascination with the past and they develop and grow much like a tree putting out roots. They are often dependent on donations, and collecting policies within museums are developed to provide some structure to this form of collecting,…… Continue reading Celebrating Creative Wiltshire
The last five months, since I started as Creative Wiltshire Exhibition Assistant Trainee, have been a whirlwind of new experiences. The most important thing I have learnt is the reality of what goes into making an exhibition. A lot of the organisation was previously unknown to me, such as how to loan pieces from…… Continue reading Learning on the Job
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.