A wet Saturday and the first time this year l have seen queues of people spilling out of the entrance to the Roman Baths and stretching around the corner into the courtyard on the south side of the Abbey.
Not quite so busy for the first day of the new Henry Moore exhibition which has opened at the Victoria Art Gallery.
It’s the first touring show – it features sculptures and works on paper – to be subject to admission charges introduced by B&NES. The exhibition runs until June 23rd.
The permanent collection upstairs remains free – as does a collection of paintings and drawings by Charlotte Sorapure – which shares its space with the new display and counter lay-out for the gallery’s shop and ticket issuing area. It’s a pleasant looking and practical re-fit in a more obvious and eye-catching space.
Plenty of people in Milsom Street and some tented live music to help celebrate the launch of Bath In Fashion week!
You can buy your tickets on-line for a host of events at bathinfashion.co.uk.
One side attraction which is free to view is an exhibition of the work of British fashion photographer Norman Parkinson (1913-1990) in what was the Octagon Chapel – a little entrance on the right going up Milsom Street. Do go and look.
It’s a fabulous Georgian setting for some amazing black and white – and a few coloured examples – of photography from one of the country’s most ‘influential and idiosyncratic’ fashion photographers.
Plenty of iconic 20th century iconic fashion images but many photographs not seen before. It’s a unique centenary celebration of work which runs until May 12th.