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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Opening Night of 'Turner Watercolours from the West'

As a member of the Friends committee, I was fortunate enough to be invited to the opening night of the new exhibition which includes eight JMW Turner watercolours on Tuesday 14th October. It's  an exhibition spanning Turner's career from student days to mature style, including views of Bath, Bristol and the surrounding area.
 It is presented by Frameworks, a partnership of Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, the Holburne Museum in Bath, The Wilson in Cheltenham and Swindon Museum and Art Gallery and the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath. Frameworks aims to raise the profile of the 5 art collections.
Apart from seeing the exhibition before it officially opened on the  15th October, it was a very pleasant night with speeches by the Curator, Sophie Cummings and Cllr Brian Mattock, Deputy Leader of the Council who updated us on plans to apply for funding for the new museum and art gallery.
Here are a few photos of the event:
 In the one above, Sophie can just be seen talking with some of the gold lettering
 You may recognise a few people above, and below you can more or less see the letters JMW Turner
 And below, the lovely stained glass windows at the front door.
The exhibition runs until 13 December and can be seen from Weds-Sat 11am-3pm.

Sophie Cummings the Curator of the gallery will be giving  a talk on the rest of the exhibition in the gallery entitled 'Back to Nature - Landscape and Modern British Art'
on Friday 24th October at 7pm, she will talk about how war and urbanisation encouraged British modern artists to depict the landscape.

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