200 years of art made in Cirencester
This year’s exhibition has got off to a flying start with double our usual visitor numbers on the first two Saturdays, and, despite football and hot weather, continues to attract good numbers.
It looks at the work of Cirencester artists, focussing especially on those who lived and worked in the town. The exhibition includes some of the earliest views of Cirencester from 200 years ago, painted by John Burden and john Evans, both drawing masters in the town, and a new acquisition showing the market square, by an unknown artist, from even earlier, 1794.
We include some 20thcentury artists including the Flexen family of painters. Since the exhibition opened, artist, Angela Flexen who is still living in the town has been able to help us with more information about the work included. Visitors are invited to add information to the exhibition about local artists and already this is adding to the archives the Trust has with details of George Frederick Nicholls whose paintings of the town feature in his book Cotswold Water-Colours in 1928. And visitors have also brought to our attention the work of Cirencester artist Lindsay Barbour.
The exhibition continues until 6thOctober when we will also hold our annual drop-in drawing activity for all ages, linked to the Big Draw.
Open: Saturdays 28 July, 11 & 25 August, 8 & 22 September, and 6 October, 10.00 to 2.00
And weekdays 5 – 7 Sept 11.00 to 4.00 for Heritage Open Days