Walter Claude Flight (1881-1955) was born in London, a cousin of Rudyard Kipling, and his early life included stints as an engineer, librarian, farmer and beekeeper. In this period he used to describe modern early 20th century life as a call to action. Even in 1925 he wrote “Time seems to pass so quickly nowadays. Everybody…… Continue reading Claude Flight and the craft of lino-cutting
A wonderful opportunity has presented itself whereby through acquisition and the building of a unique collection we can appreciate the influence and inspiration the county has instilled in creative people across the centuries. This has been made possible as part of the HLF “Collecting Cultures” Creative Wiltshire & Swindon project. Creative Wiltshire aims to…… Continue reading ARTeology – ART inspired through ART re-discovered
Showcasing the finest representatives of staff and alumni of Bath Academy of Art let us reflect on the last fifty years of development in British art. William Scott 1913-1989 It was back in the 1950s, at the beginning of a period of major artistic flourishing in Cornwall, that St Ives formed the nucleus of…… Continue reading 50 years of Brit Art at BAA
Walk into the search room at the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre and you will notice a couple of objects not normally associated with archives – a bodice made out of maps and a bathtub. A closer inspection reveals they are two of 17 pieces of artwork produced by students from Wiltshire College’s Chippenham campus…… Continue reading Creatively engaging with archives – WSHC Heritage Education service
Situated in the blissfully idyllic Vale of Pewsey is a hidden gem of Wiltshire heritage; Crofton Beam Engines are the oldest working steam engines in the world. Magnificent examples of industrial archaeology, two beam engines, one an original 200-year-old Boulton & Watt, are fed by a hand-stoked, coal-fired Lancashire boiler. In July 11 GCSE Art…… Continue reading The Crofton Beam Engine Experience
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!
When we think about local history, it is perhaps easiest to think about the use of the land; those who made use of it and the changes they brought. The landscape is constantly transforming from season to season. There are changes in industry, in working practices, settlement use and advances in technology from cement to…… Continue reading Art in the Landscape
This year’s Open Studios is happening next month, and practitioners include the artist Julie Smith who is currently working with us on the Creative Wiltshire ARTeology project. You will find her at venue 14 which is at Minal Woodlands House, Mildenhall. Open Studios offers a rare opportunity to for the public to visit the…… Continue reading Marlborough Open Studios 2017
Locate – Investigate – Map Help us to find out more about the public art in Wiltshire. About the project The aim of the project is to locate, record and photograph public art, namely artworks made by an artist, arts practitioner or craftsperson and located in publicly accessible spaces and places in Wiltshire. Public…… Continue reading Public Art Needs You!
David Lomax is a sculptor based at Bishopstone, near Swindon, Wiltshire where he lives with his family. His work is very much a celebration of the natural world focusing on his ability to understand a species and its place in our world. Many of his sculptures are in two pieces, one form relating to the…… Continue reading Moving an elephant