Art for Arts Sake
PUBLISHED: 08:44 08 March 2010 | UPDATED: 16:02 20 February 2013
There's a wealth of exhibitions on throughout the county this June and July. Here are just three of them to get you out and about.
Until 25 July
Still Inspired by Stonehenge
In spring 2008 three groups were given special access to the Stonehenge monument on tours led by Stonehenge expert Julian Richards as part of the 'Inspired by Stonehenge' exhibition. Now their artworks, created as part of this experience, are going on display at Salisbury Museum. The exhibition includes beautiful silk batik banners and modern art pieces, which show a varied response by the artists to their experience of Stonehenge, and intriguing interpretations of what Stonehenge means to some of its visitors today. Community artist Alex Grant worked with the Blue Skies Group, Salisbury and The Redworth Club, Amesbury in a series of workshops to make nine very colourful silk wall hangings. In the gallery you will also hear an audio installation of the participants discussing artistic ways of viewing and interpreting Stonehenge. The Fine Art students at Wiltshire College, Trowbridge created contemporary individual interpretations as part of their course. Funding was provided by Salisbury Mencap, Salisbury Museum and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum, The Close, Salisbury, (01722) 332151
Until 1 November
Exhibition of Trompe l'oeil panels
A collection of trompe l'oeil panels created for Mompesson House in Salisbury has been returned to their original home by the National Trust. The seven panels were commissioned by Mompesson's Denis Martineau in the 1950s. This summer season they're being shown together for the first time since the collection was removed in 1975. "These intriguing pictures, by the artist Martin Battersby, incorporate mysterious objects which are clues that reveal something of the character and interests of Denis Martineau," explains curator James Grasby. Trompe l'oeil is a painting technique which brings flat paintwork to life as if it were a three-dimensional object. The French term trompe l'oeil literally means 'trick the eye'. "There are riddles in the pictures to be unravelled by the viewer. They are beautifully painted, and rely heavily on Battersby's masterly rendering of shadows, that tempt you to reach out and touch the painted surface to see if your eyes are deceiving you. The panels were originally designed to hang in the entrance hall," says Karen Rudd, Property Manager for Mompesson House, "but when the National Trust was given the property it was decided it was most appropriate to show the house with an authentic 18th-century dcor, so the mid-20th-century trompe l'oeil panels were moved into storage. We're very pleased to be showing them to visitors this season for the first time."
The panels will be displayed in the North East Bedroom for the 2009 season, running alongside the final year of the award-winning glass exhibition, 'Captain Turnbull's Obsession', which ends on Sunday 1 November. For opening times and directions visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mompessonhouse.
Mompesson House, The Close, Salisbury, (01722) 420980
Glamorous Great Western: Travel during the Inter-war Years
'Glamorous Great Western' is an exciting new exhibition exploring how the Great Western Railway overcame the financial pressures of the inter-war years and provided a more pleasurable and glamorous way to travel. The GWR promoted itself with style and elegance, and publicity was an important tool in this. The exhibition will be displaying some unique GWR items from the 1920s and '30s, including some very stylish Art Deco-inspired publications, as well as pieces of sumptuous silverware. Under-16s can also enter the GWR Poster Competition for the chance to have their artwork displayed at STEAM.
STEAM Museum of The Great Western Railway, (01793) 466646