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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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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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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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Carole Bent : Creative Catalyst’s Commitment to Creativity in its widest sense : From Wiltshire to the World

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

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The Creative Wiltshire Journey

  Back in 2014 we were fortunate in securing a National Heritage Lottery Fund award as part of their Collecting Cultures project. This gave us funding to connect and support museum collections throughout the county of Wiltshire in a variety of ways. We could add to collections, perhaps filling gaps where creativity was unrepresented, provide…… Continue reading The Creative Wiltshire Journey

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Digitising the Beauty of Wiltshire

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

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Creative Wiltshire Showcased

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