200 years of art made in Cirencester
Our 2018 exhibition starts on 26thMay.
This exhibition looks at the work of Cirencester artists, focussing especially on those who lived and worked in the town. It 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.
From the 19thcentury, comes John Beecham, probably one of the most important of the town’s artists known for his paintings showing scenes from the history of the town.
The exhibition gives the opportunity to show some work by lesser-known artists in the collection which have not been on show for a while. These include both art-school trained and amateur artists working in the town including the Gibbons family of three brothers who all trained at Cirencester School of Art in the 1860s and 70s and from the 20thcentury, the Flexen family of painters.
The exhibition shows some exciting new acquisitions, including a work by 20thcentury painter Anthony Klitz, known for his often red-clothed figures painted against a misty atmospheric backdrop, and by well-known local artist Tracey Elphick, as well as the recent important very large watercolour of the Market Square, dated 1794.
Sadly the collection does not include any work by Frank Cadogan Cowper (1877-1958), sometimes known as ‘the last of the Pre-Raphaelites’, one of the most eminent of Cirencester artists who lived in the town in his later years, but the exhibition will include information about his work.
Open: alternate Saturdays 26 May – 6 October, 2018, 10.00 to 2.00
(9 & 23 June, 14 & 28 July, 11 & 25 August, 8 & 22 September)
And 5 – 7 Sept 11.00 to 4.00 for Heritage Open Days