Exhibition open: 20 November 2017 – 17 March 2018
Creative Wiltshire, Chippenham Museum’s first exhibition in its newly opened gallery space, features the work of many influential artists who moved to North Wiltshire during the 20th century for work, study or a simpler life. For them the area provided new inspiration for their creativity, producing artwork directly responding to the local landscape.
Open until 17 March 2018 and free to visit, the exhibition features works by well-known artists such as Howard Hodgkin and Robin Tanner displayed alongside examples of pottery and silver produced in the local area.
The majority of works on display have been acquired as a result of the Creative Wiltshire project, which is collecting and celebrating the work of the county’s creative people. The project is run by the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, in partnership with Swindon Museum and Art Gallery and other participating museums, archives and local studies libraries to widen collections and ensure that creativity is better represented.
Chippenham Museum is run by Chippenham Town Council and tells the story of the people and history of Chippenham and the surrounding villages from prehistoric times up until the present day. Creative Wiltshire is the first exhibition in the museum’s new temporary exhibition space and marks the launch of an exciting new exhibition programme accompanied by a series of associated talks, activities and events.
Supported using £48,000 of public funding by Arts Council England, the exhibition space will allow Chippenham Museum to develop bigger and better exhibitions, borrow amazing objects from National Museums such as the British Museum and the V&A and tell more of the fascinating stories that make Chippenham and surrounding villages so special.