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Thursday, 29 June 2017

Professor Gill Clarke on the Bishop Otter Art Collection.

Professor Gill Clarke was our speaker in May. She gave us a fascinating insight into the Bishop Otter Art Collection housed at Chichester University.
The history of the Bishop Otter Art Collection at the University of Chichester is the history of a vision held by two remarkable women: Sheila McCririck (1916-2001) and K.M. Elisabeth ‘Betty’ Murray (1909-98). In this the centenary year of the birth of Sheila McCririck, Head of Art at Bishop Otter College from 1949-77.
There are great similarities between the Bishop Otter Collection and the Swindon Art Collection, as Gill illustrated with slides of works in the Otter collection. In some cases she admitted we had a better example of an artist's work than they had!
Photos difficult in the darkness, here's Gill photographed during the talk:
 A fairly packed house:
 I do love these jugs by Alison Britton, they are buff earthenware with incised and inlaid black underglaze drawings.
 William Crozier's 'Dark Fields, Essex' is also a beautiful work, although very difficult to appreciate here!:
Gill had 3 books available to buy:
Next talk 'Order from Chaos: Behind the Scenes at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery' by Stefanie Vincent tonight, 29 June at 7.30pm