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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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Joe Tilson – A Wiltshire Connection

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery is delighted to have acquired two editioned prints by the artist Joe Tilson. Tilson is well known as an important modern British artist, especially for his involvement with Pop Art. Less well known is the time he spent living and working in Wiltshire. Following National service, Tilson studied art at…… Continue reading Joe Tilson – A Wiltshire Connection

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Ken White – Swindon Artist

Ken White is one of Swindon’s most famous cultural figures, known for his large murals and paintings of life in the GWR Railway Works. As part of the Creative Wiltshire project, staff from Swindon Museum and Art Gallery and the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre visited Ken at his home in Swindon’s Old Town in…… Continue reading Ken White – Swindon Artist

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Inspired by Home-Grown Beauty

Theodora Joan Noyes (known as Dora) was born on 8 November 1864 in Harrow, Middlesex. She had two sisters, Mary and Ella Margaret, and their father was a solicitor. The sisters became residents at The Cottage, Upton Lovell, in the early 1900s before moving to Fosters in Sutton Veny at about 1907 where they lived…… Continue reading Inspired by Home-Grown Beauty

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A Different Perspective…

An exciting addition to the Historic Print and Photograph Collection at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre has been a collection of seven photographic prints by the talented Marlborough based photographer Mark Somerville. This striking image ‘Pastoral Sanctuary’ of the bluebells in West Woods by Mark Somerville captured the attention of visitors at a recent…… Continue reading A Different Perspective…

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Creative Acquisition on Display

If you have time, we do recommend you pop into Chippenham Heritage Museum to view their latest exhibition, From Old Chapel Field, running until 17 September 2016.  The exhibition focuses on the renowned etcher and artist Robin and his wife Heather’s life together in their village home and uses new information, pictures and documents provided by the Tanner…… Continue reading Creative Acquisition on Display

artist · Designer · Poulk Prints · textiles

What happens next …

We have been working hard with our volunteers, identifying creators with strong Wiltshire connections and linking them with accredited museums and their collections. Once we have purchased an item or object of interest we have to make a number of assessments before the item can be passed to the relevant collection. First, is the receiving…… Continue reading What happens next …

artist · Designer · Nancy Nicholson · Nicholson · Poulk Press · Poulk Prints · Sutton Veny · textiles

“her scissors as her brush” – Nancy Nicholson textiles

Nancy Nicholson (1899-1977) was a painter and fabric designer with a flair for interior design and we are thrilled to have found and purchased an example of her work. Her Wiltshire connection is with Sutton Veny where she lived in the late 1920s and early 1930s. She established Poulk Prints in 1929, of which this…… Continue reading “her scissors as her brush” – Nancy Nicholson textiles

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Seeing the individual in the landscape

The artist Michael Cullimore was born in Bradford on Avon in 1936, moving to Wales in 1968 and then on to Devon in 1997. He studied at Swindon College of Art before moving on to Goldsmith’s College of Art, later becoming Curator at the University College of North Wales Bangor Art Gallery from 1972 to…… Continue reading Seeing the individual in the landscape