Defining a dynasty- a gem of a show.

Defining a dynasty- a gem of a show.

For colour – and sheer quality – Bath’s Holburne Museum has got itself a little gem of a new exhibition which brings together a variety of artistic work – across the whole  Bruegel family dynasty – for the first time in this country.


Guests admire the newly-discovered masterpiece.

Bruegel: Defining a Dynasty helps unravel the complex family tree – revealing the originality and diversity of its members across four generations of painters.


Thirty-five works are on display – including masterpieces from the National Gallery, Royal Collection Trust, the National trust, the Fitzwilliam Museum, the Ashmolean Museum and the Barber lnstitute of Fine Arts.

Pride of place goes to the discovery of a masterpiece in the museum’s own collection.

This is Director Jennifer Scott’s last big show before she leaves for a new post as Director of the Dulwich Gallery in London.


Bruegel expert Amy Orrock and Holburne Director Jennifer Scott.

She has co-curated the display with Bruegel expert Amy Orrock who has also written  a book to accompany the exhibition.


The book Amy Orrock has written to accompany the exhibition.

lt’s not the biggest of galleries to lay out such an exclusive exhibition but – with a clever use of space and colour – the Holburne’s succeeded in providing the perfect background to show off both the talent and diversity of Antwerp’s most famous artistic dynasty and give you room to appreciate it.

Bath Newseum spoke to Jennifer and Amy – just before the special preview.


A book to accompany the exhibition Bruegel: Defining a Dynasty is written by Amy Orrock and published by Philip Wilson and will be on sale in the Holburne’s Gift Shop for £16.95.

Principal Exhibition Sponsor Bath Spa University Bruegel: Defining a Dynasty 11 February – 4 June 2017 £10 Full Price | £9 concessions | £5 Art Fund, Full Time Student | FREE Entry to under 16s and All Museum Members All tickets purchased online will state 5pm but are valid at any time during our opening hours The Holburne Museum, Great Pulteney Street, Bath BA2 4DB

Open daily, free admission 10am to 5pm (11am to 5pm Sundays and Bank Holidays) T: 01225 388569 | E: |

All of a flutter at the Abbey.

All of a flutter at the Abbey.


Last summer saw Bath Abbey filled temporarily with hundreds of colourful paper butterflies as part of the city-wide Forest of the Imagination Festival.

The Abbey will see the return of these exotic creations this week in a year-long installation by Bath-based artist, Anthony Head. 

iMigration 2 by Anthony Head is a large-scale sculpture, a swarm of colourful paper butterflies, spanning five metres and suspended ten metres up in the air in the Abbey’s South Transept.


An image from the 2016 installation at Bath Abbey.

The first impression for visitors is of a single group, a swarm of creatures that appear to be the same. However, on closer inspection, the viewer will discover that each butterfly is unique, with its own digital genetic code and individual wing pattern influenced by random mutations.

The artist, Anthony Head, explains: “iMigration 2 explores the themes of migration, diversity and individuality. In the swarm, each butterfly is unique, created with a variety of technologies and featuring colour and patterns designed using computer coding, influenced by the mathematics of nature. The butterflies will move gently in the air currents that fill the Abbey as if travelling on a migration.


This year’s display in the South Transept.

“In today’s world of human migration and its reporting, it’s easy to forget how unique each person is, to reduce people to anonymous groups, stereotypes, or just numbers. My hope is that once the viewer has had a chance to enjoy looking at the swarm of butterflies as a whole, they will be drawn to look closer at each one. The artwork is a provocation to not be satisfied by our world saturated by ‘mass’ media reporting, statistics and the digital consumption of news. It asks you to seek and listen to individual stories by human beings who are affected by migration. Hence iMigration.” 

Stephen Girling, one of the Abbey’s vicars, said: “The sculpture made such an impact on us and our visitors last summer that we invited the artist, Anthony Head, to recreate this wonderful experience in our South Transept.  Not only is it a visually stunning piece, it provokes us to think about the worth of every individual caught up in human migration and to wrestle with issues of justice around both forced and economic migration”.


The sculpture of colourful paper butterflies will remain in the Abbey for a year, from February 2017 to February 2018, so visitors and local residents will have plenty of opportunities to examine the artwork for themselves. 

Bath Abbey is open seven days a week for visiting (Mondays 9.30-5.30pm, Tuesdays 9am-5.30pm, Saturdays 9am-6pm and Sundays 1-2.30pm and 4.30-5.30pm) with regular services on weekdays and Sundays. For more information please visit


History through a lens.

History through a lens.

A collection of iconic news photographs will go on display next month in a major new exhibition at  Bath’s  Victoria Art Gallery.

CHINA. Beijing. Tiananmen Square. 1989.

CHINA. Beijing. Tiananmen Square. 1989.

‘History through a Lens: Iconic Photographs from the Incite Project’ (25 February-10 May 2017), will feature more than 100 images that have changed public perception of world events.

The photographs have been selected from the Incite Project, a collection of issue-driven photographic prints motivated by current political and social concerns that are still within our power to correct. We are used to seeing these images in the press, accompanied by columns of text, but the Incite Project treats them as works of art.



At the core of the collection are the classics of 20th-century photojournalism that have become visual markers of a moment in time – for example the assassination of JFK, a rare shot of the Normandy D-Day landing, Nelson Mandela in his cell on Robben Island, and the losses of life caused by 9:11 and overcrowded boats capsizing in the Mediterranean. 

Photographers represented include Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dorothea Lange, Don McCullin, Sebastiao Salgado and W. Eugene Smith.

The Incite Project is also motivated by a passion to support the photographers and artists currently making extraordinary images about contemporary issues. Thirty percent of the show consists of 21st-century prints, giving them and their makers a permanence they might otherwise lack.



Councillor Patrick Anketell-Jones (Conservative, Lansdown), Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “We are proud to be working with the Incite Project to stage this remarkable and thought-provoking exhibition, which local residents will be able to see for free with a Discovery Card.”

Incite is based in the UK and was started in 2012 by former photojournalist Harriet Logan and her husband. The collection is curated by Tristan Lund, formerly of the Michael Hoppen Gallery.

Exhibition tickets cost £4 for adults, £3.50 for concessions and are free for children 

Lunchtime exhibition tours

Every Thursday, between 2 March to 27 April inclusive, 12.30-13.00, lunchtime exhibition tours will take place. They are free to Discovery Card and ticket holders.

Roving Reporters 

Saturdays 4, 11, 18 & 25 March, 12.00-15.00

Students from Bath Spa University’s BA Acting programme convey the human stories behind the images. Let yourself be transported back in time to revisit how those key moments felt.


From Rome to the Royal Crescent.

From Rome to the Royal Crescent.

Models of classical buildings tell the story of architecture from Rome to the Royal Crescent in Bath

From Rome to the Royal Crescent launches a special year for Bath, celebrating the 250th anniversary of the Royal Crescent.  It is an exhibition at No. 1 Royal Crescent, tracing the evolution of classical architecture from the ancient monuments of Rome, through the innovation of the Renaissance to the modern designs of 18th century Britain through the beautiful work of Bath-based model maker Timothy Richards.


Royal Crescent – view of a model made by Bath-based model maker Timothy Richards.

His intricate models include a perfect replica of the Royal Crescent itself reflecting its monumental proportions and classical façade.

When the foundation stone was laid for the Royal Crescent in May 1767 British architecture was dominated by a passion for Palladianism.  A fashionable style for both grand country houses and city structures, 18th century Palladianism was inspired by the buildings of ancient Greece and Rome as interpreted by Renaissance architects such as Andrea Palladio, the Italian stone mason from Vicenza who became the most influential architect in the Western world. Through highly detailed models of some of the key buildings in this story of stylistic development, this exhibition will reveal why the iconic Royal Crescent looks the way it does.


Queens House, Greenwich – another perfect replica by Timothy Richards.

Timothy Richards says:

Children love models and react in a fundamental way. They, like us, are delighted by beauty and this exhibition is about beauty. The unique plaster models tell a simple story well, giving not only an understanding of a journey but also revealing the art of great architecture and our abiding love affair and debt to Italy and Rome.”

Great models combine not only passion and understanding but also something of the real building; an art form in their own right.’  

Based in Bath, Timothy Richards specialises in telling the story of architecture through model making and has spent over 25 years refining his craft. The workshop has completed over 150 projects for both private and public commissioners.

In 2013, Richards won the Arthur Ross Award, the US Institute of Classical Architecture and Art prize for artisanship in the classical tradition.

Find out more about the skills and processes behind the extraordinary work of Tim and his team of craftsmen at or visit this unique workshop.


The Pantheon in Rome – as modelled by Timothy Richards.



Exhibition: From Rome to the Royal Crescent

Dates: 11 February until 4 June 2017

Location: No. 1 Royal Crescent, Bath, BA1 2LR

Free with admission to the museum: Adult £10; Child £4; Family £22


An aerial view of Bath featuring the Royal Crescent and Circus.

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#RoyalCrescent250 celebratory events continue all year, with further exhibitions, debates, community events, guided walks and artworks exploring the enduring power of a single building. Primarily focused in and around Bath Preservation Trust’s three city-centre museums, there are also activities in partnerships with Bath Festivals, RIBA South West and The Natural Theatre Company.

Display cabinet upgrade for Victoria Gallery.

Display cabinet upgrade for Victoria Gallery.

Bath’s Victoria Art Gallery’s display cabinets will be upgraded this year thanks to a grant of £31,500 from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport / Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund.

victoria art gallery

Victoria Art Gallery

The grants are jointly funded through a partnership between the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), and the Wolfson Foundation. The Victoria Art Gallery’s grant was one of five made in memory of Giles Waterfield, former director of Dulwich Picture Gallery.

Councillor Patrick Anketell-Jones (Conservative, Lansdown), Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “We are grateful to DCMS and the Wolfson Foundation for this grant, which will allow the gallery to purchase new, conservation-grade cabinets to house outstanding watercolours, drawings and prints from the collection, including works by JMW Turner, Thomas Rowlandson and Thomas Malton. These will be on display in the Upper Gallery, which is free for everyone to visit 

“The purchase of new display cabinets is part of the gallery’s long-term strategy to display more of its extensive collection of works on paper for visitors to enjoy.” 

Matt Hancock, Minister for Digital and Culture, said: “Our museums and galleries are among the best in the world and we should be rightly proud of these institutions. 

“We want people to be able to enjoy world-leading culture wherever they live and whatever their background. These grants will make an important contribution toward increasing access to their wonderful collections and improving the visitor experience at museums right across the country.

“I applaud the Wolfson Foundation’s generosity in once again matching the Government’s investment pound for pound in this important work.”

Paul Ramsbottom, CEO of the Wolfson Foundation, said: “This is a wonderful example of how a charity and government can work fruitfully together in partnership and we are grateful to government for matching our funding. The awards demonstrate the richness and variety of the country’s museum collections.

“In announcing these awards I also want to pay tribute to Giles Waterfield. He was a brilliant advisor to the programme from its inception and sparkled at an expert panel meeting in the very week in which he tragically and unexpectedly died. We all owe him a great deal.”

The grant will be made after 1st April 2017. The Friends of Victoria Art Gallery will also donate £5,000 towards the new cabinets. The money is being awarded by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport / Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund specifically for this project.

For more information about the Victoria Art Gallery visit

Dior’s Chief Archivist to speak at Fashion Museum Bath

Dior’s Chief Archivist to speak at Fashion Museum Bath

The Fashion Museum Bath, which is run by Bath & North East Somerset Council, is set to welcome the Chief Archivist from one of the world’s best known fashion houses.

On a cold misty morning in Paris in February 1947 fashion designer Christian Dior showed his first collection, the New Look, and the world of fashion changed forever. 

At the end of the show, the editor of influential American fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar, Carmel Snow (one of the most powerful women in fashion at the time), exclaimed: “It’s quite a revolution, dear Christian! Your dresses have such a new look!” The expression ‘new look’ was picked up by a correspondent from Reuters and so one of the most famous phrases in fashion was coined.


On the 70th anniversary of this landmark fashion moment the Fashion Museum Bath has invited Soizic Pfaff, Chief Archivist at the House of Dior, to give one of the museum’s special Twilight Talks, and provide an insight into the history and working of the ultimate Paris couture house. 

Pfaff has worked at Christian Dior since 1974 and she is in charge of all the archives, from the original haute couture samples to Dior’s personal travel albums.

Councillor Patrick Anketell-Jones (Conservative, Lansdown), Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “This is a unique opportunity to learn about Christian Dior from someone who has worked at the heart of the fashion house for many years, and has an unrivalled knowledge of its history.”

The Twilight Talk, ‘Dior by Dior’, will take place in the Panorama Room at the Fashion Museum Bath on Thursday 16 February 2017 from 6.15pm to 7.15pm.

Prior to the talk, the Museum’s visitor services assistants will offer mini ‘Dior feature tours’ of three ensembles from the Fashion Museum collection by the House of Dior, which are on display in the headline exhibition ‘A History of Fashion in 100 Objects’. Please arrive at 5.30pm with a ticket to the Twilight Talk if you would like to join one of the tours.

Tickets cost £10 adults / £8 students, including wine reception, and are available to buy at the Fashion Museum Bath or

This is one of a series of Twilight Talks at the Fashion Museum Bath in spring 2017. Tickets for all talks are now available on the Bath Box Office website.


Vogue eye on FM’s ‘Dress of the Year’

Vogue eye on FM’s ‘Dress of the Year’

One of Britain’s most esteemed stylists is to select the Fashion Museum Bath’s Dress of the Year 2016.

Kate Phelan, who is a Senior Contributing Editor at British Vogue magazine and Global Creative Director of Topshop, has been invited to select the outfit which encapsulates the prevailing mood of fashion, represents the past year and captures the imagination.

Speaking ahead of the decision, Kate said: “I am delighted and honored to be asked to select the Dress of the Year 2016. The Fashion Museum, Bath is not only a much loved destination in Bath but has been a source of inspiration and education to many of our most talented creatives working in fashion in the world today. This is an important task and selecting the outfit for 2016 will be an exciting challenge.”

Each year, the Fashion Museum invites a top name from the fashion industry to select an outfit that they feel represents fashion in the last 12 months. The outfit then goes on display at the museum and becomes part of its world-class collection.


Last year’s selection. 2015: Craig Green: Blue cotton jacket and trousers. Selector: Gordon Richardson, Topman

Kate Phelan is an esteemed fashion stylist. After 18 years as Co-Fashion Director at British Vogue, she took on the role of Global Creative Director of Topshop in 2011, a position she still holds in addition to that of Senior Contributing Editor of Vogue.

During her tenure at Vogue, Kate has collaborated with some of the most revered photographers, models and personalities in the fashion world – including Kate Moss, Alasdair McLellan, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Tim Walker, Lara Stone, Alexa Chung and Nick Knight – and has produced some of the magazine’s most memorable cover shoots.

Rosemary Harden, Manager of the Fashion Museum Bath, said: “We couldn’t be more thrilled and delighted that Kate Phelan of British Vogue will be selector of the Dress of the Year 2016 for the Fashion Museum Bath. British Vogue has been celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016 and, as the year draws to a close, it’s wonderful to be able to mark the magazine’s role as the arbiter of all things fashion in the Dress of the Year scheme at the Fashion Museum Bath. It’s been an exciting year in fashion, with a lot of change, and we are very much looking forward to Kate’s choice.”


Councillor Patrick Anketell-Jones (Conservative, Lansdown), Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Bath & North East Somerset Council, which runs the Fashion Museum Bath, said: “We are delighted that Kate Phelan has agreed to select the Fashion Museum’s Dress of the Year, and look forward to seeing what she chooses as her fashion highlight of 2016. The Dress of the Year has been an important aspect of the museum’s collection since 1963, and provides a unique record of the direction of fashion and a valuable educational resource for all to enjoy. Local residents with a Discovery Card will be able to see the Dress of the Year for free when it goes on display at the Fashion Museum Bath in 2017.”

The Dress of the Year 2016 will be announced and go on display at the Fashion Museum during February 2017, becoming the ‘grand finale’ exhibit and 100th object in the museum’s headline exhibition ‘A History of Fashion in 100 Objects’. 

The Dress of the Year Collection was launched in 1963 by Doris Langley Moore, founder of the Fashion Museum Bath. Dress of the Year 1963, chosen by the Fashion Writers’ Association, was a grey wool dress and cream blouse by Mary Quant.

Other feted designers featured include Ossie Clark, Kenzo Takada, Missoni, Calvin Klein, Muiccia Prada, Karl Lagerfeld (for Chloe and Chanel), Alexander McQueen, Tom Ford and Raf Simons. The Dress of the Year 2015 was two ensembles by visionary menswear designer Craig Green, selected by Gordon Richardson, Creative Director at Topman.

The full Dress of the Year collection can be viewed at