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
‘Creative Wiltshire’ is Chippenham Museum’s first exhibition in its newly opened gallery space. It features the work of many influential artists who moved to North Wiltshire during the 20th century for work, study or a simpler life. For them the area provided new inspiration for their creativity, producing artwork directly responding to the local landscape.…… Continue reading Creative Wiltshire Exhibition
Corsham’s Peacock Arts Trail is running from Saturday 30th September until Sunday 8th October. There’s a fantastic number of exhibitors this year both in Corsham and further afield, looking to Box, Woolley Green and Biddestone to name but a few. A wide range of art forms can be viewed including fine art, ceramics, digital art, glass, jewellery,…… Continue reading Get set for the Peacock Arts Trail!
A couple of days ago I was lucky enough to view the inspiring new exhibition by Swindon Museum & Art Gallery which uses Creative Wiltshire and items collected as part of the project as its theme. ‘Creative Wiltshire: Celebrating modern art and design from Swindon and Wiltshire’ brings together drawings, ceramics and sculpture from modern…… Continue reading A Creative Wiltshire Indeed!
ARTeology is a project in which artists will respond to the Creative Wiltshire Collection, beginning with visits, research and discussion, and culminating in a curated exhibition. Uncover : Discover : Create This sums up the approach and we hope that by focusing on these new acquisitions for some of our Wiltshire Museums, our selected…… Continue reading ARTeology
A highly informative and entertaining ceramics demonstration was given by Sasha Wardell at the Springfield Centre in Corsham on 7 January 2017 as part of the Creative Wiltshire project. Sasha delighted her audience with a real life working demonstration with clay. Everyone was enthused with the medium, and although Sasha made it look very easy,…… Continue reading Techniques & Tips
Items by Katharine Pleydell-Bouverie are currently on show at the Swindon Museum & Art Gallery. A number of the ceramics pieces have been acquired for SMAG as part of the Creative Wiltshire project, and are proving a hit with visitors. Katharine was brought up at Coleshill House near Swindon, later moving to Kilmington Manor near…… Continue reading Katharine’s work is proving a popular ‘Pick of the Month’ in Swindon!
A couple of weeks ago I had the wonderful opportunity of visiting two very different ceramicists in their workshops at Stowford Farm near Wingfield alongside Sophie Cummings, Curator of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery and a project partner of Creative Wiltshire. Our first stop was the workshop of Patricia Volk situated in a farmyard. The…… Continue reading Two Wiltshire-based ceramicists are breaking the mould
As part of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery’s exhibition Colour and Shape in British Studio Ceramics, some of the latest acquisitions from the Creative Wiltshire project are now on show. Examples of the work of Katharine Pleydell-Bouverie, Trevor Chaplin and Peter Holdsworth are being displayed, showcasing the breadth and variety of work that Wiltshire’s talented…… Continue reading Enter into a World of Shape and Colour at Swindon Museum & Art Gallery