What’s On

Oct
15
Tue
The Wonder of the World
Oct 15 @ 10:00 am – Nov 17 @ 5:00 pm

This is a special exhibition of ceramic sculpture by internationally renowned sculptor Linda Heaton-Harris.  This is an opportunity to see a wide selection of her work, much of it fresh from the kiln. Plus visitors can see her in the studio November 12th – 17th.

The title of the exhibition, chosen by Linda, is taken from one of her favourite quotes. It is thought to have originally been found on an old gravestone many years ago. The wildlife author and artist D.J. Watkins-Pitchford (known as BB) used it as a quote on the frontice piece of many of his books. It reads …

The wonder of the world, the beauty and

The power, the shapes of things, their colours,

Lights, and shades; these I saw.

Look ye also while life lasts

Linda recently moved to Cornwall to a smallholding/farm on the edge of Bodmin Moor overlooking Rough Tor. It is ‘a fantastic area full of ancient history including, stone huts and standing stone circles and of course wonderful wildlife’. The location is also near the North Cornish coast, Port Isaac, Rock and Padstow, yet again offering wonderful scenery, walks and wildlife. Her purpose built studio has magnificent views of the craggy granite rocks of Rough Tor and the Moor with it’s fascinating ever changing scenery. It is here that she created the works in this unique selection.

Linda originally trained as a teacher studying English Literature and History, becoming interested in ceramics while still at college.  At first her work centred on abstract flower and plant forms, often vibrantly coloured, but she soon started to follow her real passion, and began sculpting animals and birds.

Linda’s work falls into two main categories: hand built, individual pieces demonstrating a more simplified approach, and extremely detailed individual bird and animal sculptures, both life size and miniatures. With both styles she endeavours to capture the essence of the animal or bird.

A variety of techniques and clays are used to produce a range of textures with various oxides, slips and stains applied to retain the fine detail. The pieces are fired at least twice. The detailed intricate bird studies involve many hours work, being built up ‘feather by feather’. Thus a single sculpture can involve several hundred feathers alone and can take several weeks to complete. Some of the pieces have flowers or foliage, these are also built up one petal, leaf or stamen at a time.  Amongst the items created especially for this exhibition are a miniature piece of a pod of hippos and a Juvenile Cuckoo being fed. Others are in the kiln as we write, always a nerve-wracking time as accidents can occur. Linda’s pieces need several firings which adds to the trepidation!

 

Oct
22
Tue
2019 British Wildlife Photography Awards
Oct 22 @ 10:00 am – Dec 22 @ 5:00 pm

Fresh from its launch in London, see the very latest exhibition of images from the British Wildlife Photography Awards celebrating the beauty and diversity of British nature and the talent, artistry and determination of the photographers who took them.

No images available yet from the 2019 exhibition. This image by Csaba Tokoly is from the 2018 competition.

Jan
7
Tue
Walenty Pytel: Sparks to Life
Jan 7 – Feb 2 all-day

 

Pytel is an internationally renowned metal sculptor of birds and animalier. His works include the Jubilee Fountain beneath Big Ben and ‘Take Off’, a monumental piece at Birmingham Airport depicting egrets. Born in Poland, he has an instantly recognisable style. This display includes metal and bronze sculptures and prints.

Feb
4
Tue
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Feb 4 – Mar 29 all-day

Now in its fifty-fifth instalment, see the winning images from the very latest annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition which provides a showcase for the world’s very best nature photography selected from 48000 entries from 100 countries. The competition is owned and operated by the Natural History Museum.

See images from the show here

Feb
11
Tue
Gloucestershire Society for Botanical Illustration
Feb 11 – Feb 23 all-day

Founded in 1993, Gloucestershire Society for Botanical Illustration specialises in botanical illustration as distinct from flower painting. It includes a number of RHS medal winners in its ranks. This show includes works in pencil, ink and watercolour. See members at work everyday. On show in the Atrium of our Education Centre.

Feb
25
Tue
Wallsworth Art Group @ NOT ON SHOW FEBRUARY 26th
Feb 25 – Mar 1 all-day

See a selection of work by the museum art group. On show in the Atrium of our Education Centre.

Apr
7
Tue
Gordano Textile Artists: Nature’s Messages POSTPONED
Apr 7 – Apr 19 all-day

WE ARE VERY SORRY THAT DUE TO CORONAVIRUS THIS EXHIBITION HAS HAD TO BE POSTPONED. WE WILL PUBLISH THE NEW DATES AS SOON AS THEY ARE AVAILABLE
Diverse responses by 11 artists to the natural world. While some are environmental warnings or calls to action, others include threats to endangered species, the damage caused by fracking, the preciousness of the air we breathe,the remarkable way trees and fungi connect and signals given by the markings of animals.

Hit List POSTPONED
Apr 7 – May 10 all-day

WE ARE VERY SORRY THAT DUE TO CORONAVIRUS THIS EXHIBITION HAS HAD TO BE POSTPONED. WE WILL PUBLISH THE NEW DATES AS SOON AS THEY ARE AVAILABLE

To coincide with Earth Day, see exhibits throughout the museum exploring the theme of extinction. With a gallery of works by Tom Van Herrewege reminding us of the diversity being lost, go on to see other paintings, drawings and sculpture depicting species that already are, or one day, may not be with us anymore.

May
5
Tue
British Woodcarvers Association: Power of Nature POSTPONED
May 5 – May 17 all-day

WE ARE VERY SORRY THAT DUE TO CORONAVIRUS THIS EXHIBITION HAS HAD TO BE POSTPONED. WE WILL PUBLISH THE NEW DATES AS SOON AS THEY ARE AVAILABLE

A collection of works by members of the British Woodcarvers Association who are carrying on a tradition that throughout history and across the world has been an important part of man’s creative endeavour. See a broad range of nature inspired work, using a variety of woods and techniques. Meet members most days.

May
23
Sat
The Wildlife Art Society International POSTPONED
May 23 – May 31 all-day

WE ARE VERY SORRY THAT DUE TO CORONAVIRUS THIS EXHIBITION HAS HAD TO BE POSTPONED. HOWEVER, IT WILL BE AVAILABLE ON LINE. GO TO www.twasi.com DURING THE EXHIBITION DATES

The Wildlife Art Society International’s annual exhibition of wildlife art. Around 350 paintings, drawings, original prints,photographs and sculptures by professional and part-time members of this active organisation will be on display, the majority for sale. Members demonstrating every day.