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Thursday, 11 October 2018

Visit from the Victoria Art Gallery Friends

Approximately 25 Friends of the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath visited Swindon Museum and Art Gallery on Monday 24 September, the morning started with coffee and cake, the remnants of which can be seen in the second photo. Curator Sophie Cummings began by explaining the history of the Swindon Collection and then talked about a few of the paintings in the current exhibition: 'Art and Conflict: works from the Swindon Collection'

 Sophie then  moved on to the Cicatrix exhibition. Cicatrix means scar of a healed wound and is a 'centenary project which reflects the story of Wiltshire during World War I'. It features work by artists Prudence Maltby, Susan Francis, Henny Burnet and Caro Williams
 Above Sophie is talking about the 100 Wiltshire Towers by Henny Burnett
 and then moved around the gallery
 talking about all the pieces. There are laminated information leaflets about  each artist and their work available in the gallery.
 Everyone then had about half an hour to wander round the gallery before being joined by 7 of our Friends at Jack's Bistro just round the corner form the museum.
 I took a few general photos
 which I've included in case people want to see themselves

We had a really enjoyable time and hope to arrange a reciprocal visit before long. I'm meeting Fiona Pollard, events organiser of the Friends and Chair of the Friends of the Victoria Art Gallery next week so hope to come up with a date soon.

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