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!
Graham Watling was born in Hull, Yorkshire in 1930. He served his National Service in the Royal Marines followed by his formal tertiary education at Loughborough University where he achieved a BA (Hons) in silversmithing. From there, he went into teaching and by 1969 had become Head of the Arts and Crafts Department at the…… Continue reading Lacock Silver
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
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
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
“imaginative, refined, focussed quality of luminous watercolours and paper making skills …”
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…
Our fabulous banner is now up and running, premiering next to our Creative Wiltshire display in the reception area at the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre before moving on to aid the Robin Tanner Exhibition at Chippenham Museum & Heritage Centre. The exhibition ‘From Old Chapel Field – the artist Robin Tanner at home in…… Continue reading Our new banner is on a roll!
As part of our HLF Collecting Cultures project we are keen to represent many different forms of creativity in the acquisitions we make for our Wiltshire museums. Many of our creative residents have been inspired by the Wiltshire landscape and we are pleased to have purchased these woodcuts for Salisbury Museum by Howard Phipps who…… Continue reading Generosity abounds for Creative Wiltshire!