From newspaper to gallery wall.

From newspaper to gallery wall.

Bath’s Victoria Art Gallery has just launched an exhibition with a real difference.

Hanging on its walls are the photographs we have lived with over the years  – as we turn the pages of a newspaper or watch the evening news.

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Tiananmen Square, 1989.

Taken away from the print – and framed on a gallery wall – here are images – stark, uncomfortable, shocking and thought-provoking – that record man’s inhumanity to man. Each one a moment of frozen time – and many of events that changed history.

This is photo-journalism at its best. A collection of over 75 prints taking us through almost one hundred years of world events.

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Libya in flames.

For me – it was a chance to relive moments of events l remember as part of my life experience.

Things like Lee Harvey Oswold’s assassination, Don McCullin’s powerful shell-shocked Vietnam soldier,  the terrible tragedy of 9/11, burning oil-wells in the Iraqi desert and the collected faces of desperate boat people.

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The assassination of Lee Harvey Oswold – the man arrested after the murder of President John F Kennedy.

It is a must-see.

The collection is owned by The Incite Project. Photographer Harriet Logan and curator Tristan Lund have assembled one of the largest private collections of news and documentary photographs in the UK.

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One of the most graphic images of 9/11

This show focuses on iconic images and their power, profiling images that have changed public perception of world events. They have been selected from a collection that specialises in photojournalism and documentary photography.

We are used to seeing these images in the press, in transient form, generally accompanied by columns of text, but the Incite Project treats them as works of art.

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The core of the collection are the classics of 20th-century photojournalism that have become visual markers of a moment in time.

The collection is also motivated by a passion to support the photographers and artists currently making extraordinary, thought-provoking images about contemporary issues.

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Bath’s Mayor, Cllr Paul Crossley in conversation with acclaimed international photographer Don McCullin. Many of his amazing images are on display here.

Bath Newseum was able to speak to Tristan Lund – who is collection curator of the  Incite Project  – at last night’s preview.

Please be warned that this exhibition contains images of conflict which some visitors may find disturbing.

The exhibition runs until May 10th. £4.00 / concs. / under 21s and Discovery Card holders free. More information via https://www.victoriagal.org.uk/

The Chinese painter making oil and water mix!

The Chinese painter making oil and water mix!

Bath’s blessed with a variety of museums  – covering all manner of subjects from locally made cars to classical architecture – but there’s one rather special one – just around the corner from The Circus  – which can claim to be the only UK museum solely dedicated to the arts and cultures of East and South East Asia.

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The entrance to the Museum of East Asian Art.

It’s currently hosting a small selection of paintings from a European touring exhibition featuring Chinese artist Hong Ling. Now in his 60’s this is a painter who mixes traditional Chinese ink paintings with the oils of our Western artistic culture.

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The exhibition poster displayed outside the museum.

The exhibition begins with early works from the late 1980s when Hong Ling completed his graduate training in western oil painting at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing (CAFA).

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Artist Hong Ling photographed at work.

In the 1990s, his work was richly informed by his extensive travels across China, Asia, and many remote parts of the world.  During this time, Hong Ling also started setting up his studio residence in the region of Mount Huangshan, a picturesque UNESCO World Heritage Site, in Anhui Province in eastern China.

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Part of the Hong Ling-Selected display.

Since then, he has focussed exclusively on landscape painting, encapsulating the traditions of Chinese aesthetic philosophies with western painting medium.

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There’s a book on the artist and his work for sale at the museum.

Working in parallel studios in Huangshan and Beijing, devoted to both oil and ink painting, Hong Ling’s works tell the story of one artist’s embrace of the natural world, his personal development, and his versatile creativity.

Bath Newseum went along to  a preview evening to speak to curator Nicole Chiang.

Hong Ling – Selected is running at the Museum of East Asian Art through to July 2nd. Find out more via http://www.meaa.org.uk/

Your place on the Bath map!

Your place on the Bath map!

Got a wonderful black and white photograph of your great grandmother standing in a car-free street in downtown Twerton or a shot – you found in a car boot sale – of people boarding a steam train at Bath Spa Station?

While you may treasure such images in an album you keep at home, now comes the chance to share it with the world in a wonderful new facility that gives you the opportunity of stamping your own community identity onto an on-line facility that records the changing face of places like Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

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The Know Your Place website.

Go on line via http://www.kypwest.org.uk/   and you will pick up the following information about an Heritage Lottery Funded project you can really get involved in.

‘Know Your Place is a digital heritage mapping project to help you to explore your neighbourhood online through historic maps, collections and linked information.

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The website allows you to access maps of Bath and district spanning several centuries.

Know Your Place – West of England covers Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and the former Avon area. It will provide unprecedented online access to historical maps, onto which users can add information about their local area, building a rich and diverse community map of local heritage for everyone.

The project runs until June 2017 and will provide comprehensive cover of the modern counties of South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, North Somerset, Bath & North East Somerset and Somerset.

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A screen grab from Know Your Place showing an old map of Bath and each green spot opens to reveal pictures of that particular place at a particular time in history.

The project has been awarded £379,800 by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with generous match-funding and in-kind support from local authorities and heritage groups in the region, including £5,000 match-funding from the lead partner, South Gloucestershire Council.’

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Local historian Andrew Hill who has been setting up the B&NES part of the on-line website ‘Know Your Place.’

Here in Bath, local writer and historian Andrew Hill has been busy uploading images on to the site from the vast archives of the Museum of Bath at Work.

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Stuart Burroughs – Director of The Museum of Bath at Work.

It’s where l met him to find out more about his efforts – and how the people of Bath and North East Somerset can get involved.

A chance also to chat to Stuart Burroughs who is the Director of the Museum of Bath at Work.

Forgive the shaky camerawork but – with space at a premium in the museum archive – the camera is being hand-held!

The website address that will bring you straight to the B&NES section is http://maps.bristol.gov.uk/kyp/?edition=banes

Andrew Hill is also the author of a book that takes an in-depth look at Bath’s retail history by exploring  the rise and fall of one of its most famous commercial enterprises Cater, Stoffell and Fortt.

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‘Biscuits, Banquets and Bollinger’ – by Andrew Hill.

The Museum of Bath at Work’s website is www.bath-at-work.org.uk/

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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: enquiries@holburne.org | http://www.holburne.org

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.

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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.

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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”.

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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 www.bathabbey.org

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 www.timothyrichardscommissions.com or visit this unique workshop.

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The Pantheon in Rome – as modelled by Timothy Richards.

  

FACTS

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

http://www.no1royalcrescent.org.uk

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

Be Social: #RoyalCrescent250 @No1Museum

#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.