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Creative Wiltshire – an Exciting 2016

It’s been a truly exciting year for the Heritage Lottery Funded Collecting Cultures project Creative Wiltshire based at the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre, with The Young Gallery in Salisbury and Trowbridge Museum both being welcomed as participating museums. The Creative Wiltshire project has provided us with a wonderful opportunity for Archives and Local Studies…… Continue reading Creative Wiltshire – an Exciting 2016

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Katharine’s work is proving a popular ‘Pick of the Month’ in Swindon!

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!

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Volunteering with Creative Wiltshire & Swindon

As a History and Heritage degree student going into my third year I was given the opportunity to find a summer placement within the heritage sector as one of my modules. Living in Chippenham I knew exactly where I would like to spend my summer, the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre. When I walked in…… Continue reading Volunteering with Creative Wiltshire & Swindon

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Guest blog: Hanne Dahl, Exhibition and Arts Officer at Trowbridge Museum talks about the ideas behind this year’s West of England Festival of Textiles (WEFT)

Originally posted on The Arts in Wiltshire:
WEFT is a biennial festival of textiles that takes place in the West. It was developed 11 years ago and aims to highlight the history of textile production in this area through exhibiting contemporary work by regional crafters. Over the years WEFT has grown to become a great…

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Guest blog: Reflections on Market Songs – composer Michael Betteridge

Originally posted on The Arts in Wiltshire:
Four hundred voices. A non-traditional performance site in, or around, Salisbury. Six rehearsals. Sixty-minute performance. Go! Ok, so I am being rather unfair to simplify Market Songs, my site specific a capella vocal installation, which opened this year’s Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival, in such a way, but when…

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Resource: Using the arts to uplift people in hospital – an evaluation of the Elevate programme

Originally posted on The Arts in Wiltshire:
Funding from Arts Council England, the Stars Appeal and the League of Friends of Salisbury Hospital has enabled ArtCare at Salisbury Hospital to develop a two-year programme of regular creative events and activities called Elevate. “Using the arts to uplift people in hospital”, the final report by Dr…

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Why are works of art so socially important? (William H. Gass)

Originally posted on Biblioklept:
Why are works of art so socially important? Not for the messages they may contain, not because they expose slavery or cry hurrah for the worker, although such messages in their place and time might be important, but because they insist more than most on their own reality; because of the…

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ChippFest 2015, is the new incarnation of Chippenham Arts Festival

Originally posted on The Arts in Wiltshire:
There is another new, or rather a reformed festival, on Wiltshire’s cultural landscape. ChippFest 2015, is the new incarnation of Chippenham Arts Festival. Andy Thatcher and Brian Reid at Chippenham FM decided to take up the challenge for this year when the original organisers decided to step down. It is…

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Ten things to celebrate about Swindon No 4: The sculptures. E: The Wish Hounds

Originally posted on Born Again Swindonian:
The Wish Hounds “And then he sought the dark-green lane, Whose willows mourn’d the faded year, Sighing (I heard the love-lorn swain), ‘Wishness! oh, wishness! walketh here.’” — The Wishful Swain of Devon. By POLWHELE. THE tradition of the Midnight Hunter and his headless hounds–always, in Cornwall, associated with…